October 26, 2016 | 8:00 am | By Pants Up Easy
Pants Up Easy is a product designed to help people who are wheelchair bound, or have other mobility issues, to safely and independently pull up their pants while getting dressed or after using the restroom. The inventor of this product, Douglas Pearson, came up with the idea after talking to a friend with paraplegia about how difficult it was to get his pants off and on without assistance. Not only did it take a long time to get dressed or go to the restroom, it was also physically taxing. It required him to tug and pull on his pants while moving back and forth in order to make space for the pants to come up. Douglas knew there had to be an easier and safer way for people with mobility issues to get dressed and that led him to the idea of Pants Up Easy.
Pants Up Easy was created to be used by anyone who needs assistance pulling up their pants. But, there are always questions about the level of strength required to use this product. For example, you may wonder if Pants Up Easy can be used by elderly people who do not have a lot of upper body strength. There are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering Pants Up Easy for an elderly loved one.
Pants Up Easy is designed to evenly distribute weight between two pads that go under the arms, much like a pair of crutches. However, the pads are much more comfortable than the ones you find on crutches! So, you do not have to be able to hold up your own body weight with your arms in order to use this product. The design makes it possible for people of all fitness levels-and ages- to safely use Pants Up Easy.
Range of Motion
The biggest factor that will impact an elderly person’s ability to use Pants Up Easy is range of motion. You must be able to get your arms around the arm pads in order to use the product. The cool thing about Pants Up Easy is that it can be adjusted so it is at just the right height for the user. For example, the wall mounted version of Pants Up Easy can be adjusted to twelve different positions that span thirteen inches. This means that you can set it up to comfortably accommodate any range of motion-or lack thereof.
Level of Independence
You also need to consider the level of independence your elderly loved one has and wants. Pants Up Easy can greatly increase their independence because it will make it possible for them to dress and go to the restroom on their own. You will not have to worry about them getting stuck or hurt trying to pull up their pants. Another benefit is that they will have the dignity of maintaining some of their privacy.
Pants Up Easy is a great product to consider for your elderly loved one who needs assistance pulling their pants up. It can be used by people with limited upper body strength and range of motion. Talk to your loved one’s occupational or physical therapist about Pants Up Easy to help you determine the best option.