Adaptive clothing are garments designed with medical function in mind for post-surgery patients, the disabled, elderly, rehabilitation patients, special needs children and adults, people with arthritis, stroke victims etc. Adapted clothes provide easy access to body parts without removing the entire garment, and make it easier to change or remove clothing. There are many styles and medical purposes for disabled clothing - mostly garments with zippers that provide access to parts of the body that would otherwise require the clothes to be removed entirely. With adaptive clothing, a disabled or elderly patient can retain dignity, can provide some level of self-care, and experience the added comfort of quicker access to medical appliances and needs for both them and for a nurse or physician.
Global adaptive clothing market was valued at US$ 334.5 Billion in 2021 in terms of revenue, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period (2022 to 2030).
Growing prevalence of diabetes is expected to drive the global adaptive clothing market growth over the forecast period. The demand for adaptive clothing such as adaptive socks are increasing in the Hospital & Healthcare centres. The Adaptive clothes are used for diabetic patients, which help them to prevent the foot from potential fungal or microbial infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in November 2021, the number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 globally. Prevalence has been rising more rapidly in low- and middle-income regions such as Africa and Latin America than in high-income regions such as North America and Europe. The report also states that in 2019, diabetes was the ninth leading cause of death with an estimated 1.5 million deaths directly caused by diabetes. Therefore, such factors are expected to drive growth of the global adaptive clothing market during the forecast period.
Demand for adaptive clothing is high from hospitals as such clothing is convenient for caregivers, nurses or hospice staff to undress or dress patients. Adaptive clothing is preferred by patients suffering from diseases such as arthritis, paraplegics, and quadriplegics. Clothing has a crucial role for patients to get treatment. The adaptive clothes have openings, it makes easier for the doctors to attach any medical equipment to the patient’s body without sacrificing dignity. Thus, it helps to get the quicker access to the medical devices.
In terms of revenue, North America held a dominant position in market in 2021, and is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is owing to the high rate of disabled people across the region. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018, around 61 million adults, i.e. 25% or one in 4 were living in disability across the U.S. Moreover, the presence of robust healthcare facilities is expected to boost the regional market growth in the near future.
Figure 1. Global Adaptive Clothing Market Value Share (%), By Region, 2021
Lesser awareness and high cost of the adaptive clothes are expected to restrain market growth during the forecast period. A large number of the population across the world is unaware of the use of adaptive clothing and another factor affecting the market is the cost of the adaptive clothing. The adaptive clothing comes costlier than the normal cloths. Adaptive clothing allows people with disabilities to feel comfortable and confident in their appearance; however not everyone with disabilities has the option to purchase adaptive clothing due to its high cost and limited supply.
|Base Year:||2021||Market Size in 2021:||US$ 334.5 Bn|
|Historical Data for:||2017-2021||Forecast Period:||2022-2030|
|Forecast Period 2020 to 2027 CAGR:||4.9%||Estimated Year:||2022|
|Geographies covered :||
|Companies covered :||
Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing & Footwear, Izzy Camilleri, NBZ Apparel International, Able2Wear, Adaptions By Adrian, Professional fit Clothing, Adaptive Clothing Showroom, Creation Confort, Buck & Buck, PVH Corp. and Lycra Company.
|Restraints & Challenges:||
Growing demand from hospitals for the adaptive clothing is the key trend in the market. The demand for adaptive clothing is significantly high across hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Such clothing solutions are convenient for caregivers, hospice staff, and nurses to undress or dress patients. Adaptive clothing is widely preferred for patients with arthritis, quadriplegics, and paraplegics.
Figure 2. Global Adaptive Clothing Market Value Share (%), By End User, 2021
On the basis of End User, the geriatric population segment held highest market share of global adaptive clothing market 2021. It is expected to be the largest and the fastest growing segment throughout the forecast period. The segment’s dominance can be attributed to increasing in the geriatric population. This is mainly attributed to the surging geriatric population in the developed countries such as the U.K., Germany, Japan, etc. Furthermore, increasing standard of living and raising awareness of adaptive clothing in old-age homes and hospitals further boosts the segment growth.
Major players operating in the global adaptive clothing market include Silvert’s Adaptive Clothing & Footwear, Izzy Camilleri, NBZ Apparel International, Able2Wear, Adaptions By Adrian, Professional fit Clothing, Adaptive Clothing Showroom, Creation Confort, Buck & Buck, PVH Corp. and Lycra Company.
Clothes designed for people with physical disabilities and the elderly, infirm, and post-surgery patients are known as adaptive clothing. These people consider adaptive clothing, as it is easy to dress and undress themselves. Adaptive clothes are generally replaced with magnetic closures from the buttons and zipper. These garments make it easier for caretakers or caregivers to dress or undress patients or people that lack the full range of motion, required for self-dressing. Adaptive clothing is available for people suffering from spinal cord injury, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, incontinence, contractures, and others.
Adaptive clothing is designed for adults & children with disabilities, elderly, and the infirm who may find it challenging to dress themselves due to an inability to manipulate closures, such as buttons and zippers.
Furthermore, these clothes do not have conventional buttons or zippers as these are replaced by Velcro and magnetic closures and are designed with stretchy fabric. However, adaptive clothing such as jumpsuits, which are made for patients suffering from Down syndrome include zippers to prevent wearer from disrobing.
The growing geriatric population along with increasing disabilities in people, among kids as well as adults, is a key factor driving the global adaptive clothing market. According to a report presented by the World Health Organisation in November 2021, globally over 1 billion people are estimated to experience disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world's population, with up to 190 million (3.8%) people aged 15 years and older having significant difficulties in functioning, often requiring health care services. Moreover, according to the United Nations Department of Economics & Social Affairs, in 2017, the number of people aged 60 or above was 962 million and the geriatric population is growing at a steady rate of 3% annually, thus offering immense opportunities to the industry participants. However, limited awareness regarding the availability of adaptive clothing is one of the restraining factors.
Hospitals have significant growth for adaptive clothing as it makes it easier for caretakers, nurses, and hospice workers to undress and clothe patients. Patients with disorders like paraplegia, arthritis, and quadriplegia prefer to wear adaptive attire. Clothing is essential for patients to receive therapy. Since the adapted clothing has holes, doctors can attach any medical device to the patient’s body without jeopardizing his or her dignity. As a result, it facilitates quicker access to medical devices.
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