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Trousers For Wheelchair Users And People Who Need Easy To Manage Trousers

Updated on July 28, 2013

What's The Difference?

Standard trousers that are available in the shops have actually been designed and cut to be worn when standing. If you think about it these trouser feel different when we sit. The waist becomes a little tighter and the leg length shortens.

When you use a wheelchair you actually need trousers which have been designed and cut to be worn when you are sitting. These trousers will have unique features such as a high back rise, darts at the seat area and a longer leg length. There may also be a section of elastic at each side of the waist so they will fit snug to the waist which is useful when the person is transferring.

There are differing styles of trousers which have been adapted in some way to overcome many of the problems associated with medical conditions which result in standard trousers not being suitable for the person who wears them.

Elasticated Waist Trousers and Drop Front Trousers

Wheelchair jeans with in an elasticated waist style
Wheelchair jeans with in an elasticated waist style | Source
Drop front trousers are easy to open and close with velcro fastenings
Drop front trousers are easy to open and close with velcro fastenings | Source

Wheelchair Trousers

Wheelchair Trousers are available in many styles and many have a long zip fly front and clip fastening. If you would rather not have a zip then choosing elasticated waist trousers or drop front style can be much more manageable.

Drop Front Wheelchair Trousers

For people who use a catheter or bottle adaptive trousers with a drop front can be make daily life much easier. The trousers themselves look like ordinary trousers when they are closed but allow the user ease of access when required.These trousers are also good for people that are cared for and require lie-flat dressing or hoist lifting.

Elasticated Waist Trousers for People Who Can Stand and Walk

Elasticated waist trouser with pockets and belt loops
Elasticated waist trouser with pockets and belt loops | Source
Pull on trousers with a concealed fly front for easy access. No zip
Pull on trousers with a concealed fly front for easy access. No zip | Source

Trousers for Elderly Men

For people who find trousers with zips and buttons a challenge to manage, perhaps due to age related illnesses then elasticated waist trousers are a good option. For people who can stand and walk a pull on style of trouser can help make dressing easier and when the trousers have two side pockets, for convenience and belt loops so a belt can be worn they are practical and look good.

Easy Access Fly Opening Trousers

An alternative to the above also have a concealed fly front opening which are more suitable for men who prefer to have a fly front but can’t manage to open buttons or zips. These trousers are good for men with limited strength in one arm or hand, perhaps as a result of a stroke meaning the person may not require assistance with toileting.

Smart and Casual Wheelchair Trousers

Casual cargo pants
Casual cargo pants | Source
Smart Tailored Trousers
Smart Tailored Trousers | Source

Smart and Casual Trousers

For wheelchair users who prefer not to wear a pull on style of trouser all the time then trousers are available which have a zip. These trousers come in a range of styles, such as wheelchair jeans and cargo pants to more traditional dress trousers and chinos.

Special Needs Trousers

Often people need trousers which are made to measure as they have a particular problem to overcome. Trousers for people who have very swollen legs or perhaps have a frame around their leg may find it impossible to find trousers to fit. It may be that the person needs on of the trouser legs to be much wider than the other.

There are a few companies which can help with this type of issue. They will take your personal measurements and ensure that your requirements are met.

Specialist Trousers

Trousers with one leg wider than the other
Trousers with one leg wider than the other | Source


Trousers that have been designed or adapted in some way to overcome a particular need are often much more practical than fashionable. However, as they look just like basic standard trousers when they are worn and can really make a difference to the person wearing them and make life a little easier for carers.

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