EP3250066A1 - Garments with releasably attached front and back sections - Google Patents

Garments with releasably attached front and back sections

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EP3250066A1
EP3250066A1 EP20160701881 EP16701881A EP3250066A1 EP 3250066 A1 EP3250066 A1 EP 3250066A1 EP 20160701881 EP20160701881 EP 20160701881 EP 16701881 A EP16701881 A EP 16701881A EP 3250066 A1 EP3250066 A1 EP 3250066A1
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Cheryl Campbell
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D13/00Professional, industrial, or sporting protective garments, e.g. garments affording protection against blows or punches, surgeon's gowns
    • A41D13/12Surgeons' or patients' gowns or dresses
    • A41D13/129Donning facilities, e.g. characterized by the opening
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D13/00Professional, industrial, or sporting protective garments, e.g. garments affording protection against blows or punches, surgeon's gowns
    • A41D13/12Surgeons' or patients' gowns or dresses
    • A41D13/1236Patients' garments
    • A41D13/1245Patients' garments for the upper part of the body
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41FGARMENT FASTENINGS; SUSPENDERS
    • A41F1/00Fastening devices specially adapted for garments
    • A41F1/002Magnetic fastening devices
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D2300/00Details of garments
    • A41D2300/20Inserts
    • A41D2300/22Elastic inserts
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D2300/00Details of garments
    • A41D2300/30Closures
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D2400/00Functions or special features of garments
    • A41D2400/44Donning facilities
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41DOUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES
    • A41D27/00Details of garments or of their making
    • A41D27/24Hems; Seams

Abstract

The present invention provides for a garment having a front section (3) and a back section (1) and means (4) for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, the garment being arranged such that, with the attachment means released, the front section can be located to allow a wearer to be positioned adjacent the back section, and further arranged such that the front section can be placed adjacent the front of the wearer when the wearer is so positioned adjacent the back portion, and attached to the back section by the attachment means, and in this manner the front and back sections can serve to define a garment fitting around at least one or more of the torso, waist and limbs of a wearer, in a manner such that the wearer is "dressed" by having the front and back sections attached while enclosing at least a portion of the wearer's body, and wherein the attachment means can comprise magnetic means, can also include a degree of flexibility and, if for the upper body, the garment can also include sleeve portions for the insertion of a wearer's arms.

Description

GARMENTS WITH RELEASABLY ATTACHED FRONT AND BACK SECTIONS

FIELD

The present invention relates to garments, including both upper and lower body garments.

BACKGROUND

The population of many countries of the world is aging. The number of elderly people is set to increase, and so care of the elderly, already a problem, is likely to worsen considerably without relevant new inventions.

SUMMARY

As the population ages, more people have reduced mobility, which can affect their ability to dress themselves. Many in care homes rely on nurses or carers to dress them. Current garments rely on a degree of mobility and flexibility that can unfortunately be found lacking in many individuals due to age, injury or other reasons. Of course, not only the elderly suffer such limitations but also the infirm and those suffering injuries would benefit from the features of the present invention.

In response to this problem, a new type of garment and a process for utilising such garments, is proposed. In one aspect, the present invention relates to garments having advantages over known garments when it comes to clothing an individual.

According to one aspect of the invention there is provided a garment comprising front and back sections each with mutually releasably engageable attachment means, for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, and further arranged such that the front and back sections can be brought onto the respective front and back of a wearer and into attachment by way of the said regions, and wherein the attachment means comprise magnetic attachment means. The magnetic attachment means can comprise any suitable means employing magnetic attraction, whether a combination of permanent magnets, permanent magnetic and ferromagnetic materials, or otherwise. Such attachment means can comprise separate elements secured to the garment, or elements incorporated into the fabric of the garment, or combinations thereof.

According to another aspect of the present invention there is provided a garment comprising front and back sections each with mutually releasably engageable attachment means, for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, and rther arranged such that the front and back sections can be brought onto the respective front and back of a wearer and into attachment by way of the said regions, and wherein the front section includes sleeves for receiving the wearer's arms.

According to yet another aspect of the present invention there is provided a garment comprising front and back sections each with mutually releasably engageable attachment means, for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, and further arranged such that the front and back sections can be brought onto the respective front and back of a wearer and into attachment by way of the said regions, and wherein the attachment means includes resiliently deformable portion providing for a flexible size of garment.

According to a further aspect of the present invention there is provided a method of dressing the human form comprising the steps of arranging a garment having a front section and a back section, and means for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, so as to be located to allow a human form to be positioned adjacent the back section, positioning the human form adjacent the back section, and subsequently placing the front section adjacent the front of the wearer when the wearer is so positioned adjacent the back section, inserting the wearer's arms into sleeves extending from the front portion and attaching the said regions of the back section to the said regions of the front section by way of the attachment means.

This invention is based on dividing a garment into front and back sections to make dressing as easy as possible. This invention can also relate to a procedure for clothing/dressing a person using the aforementioned sections of garment. The process can consist of laying a back section in position on a bed or chair wheelchair, then moving the person onto the back section on the bed or chair, and laying a front section over the front of them, and then into engagement with the back section by way of the releasable engagement means.

The front and back sections can be attached. Attachments may be hook and latch type attachments, such as for example so-called Velcro-type attachments, or by way of buttons, press-studs, magnets or other known types of attachments. Magnets can prove particularly advantageous since they do not require the same degree of accuracy of alignment as other attachment means. For example opposite magnets will attract each other when closely co-located. Also, magnets of

various differing/ready selective sizes and/or strength can be required depending on the nature and character of the garment and/or individual. Further, the magnets can be adhered to the garment or located within pockets pouches of the garment through sewing or otherwise. Also, magnetic materials can be included within the fabric of either section of the garment, so as to be integral therewith. As noted above, the magnetic attachment means can comprise combinations of permanent magnetic materials and ferromagnetic materials as appropriate, and in any form and configuration as required.

As will be appreciated, the individual is able to be dressed, or dress themselves, either in the prone position, on a bed, or in a sitting position, on a chair.. Reference herein to chair will hereinafter be taken to include any form of support upon which an individual can be seated, whether reclining or upright and including, but not limited to, benches, couches and wheelchairs.

This invention makes it easier for example for the elderly or injured to dress themselves, or be dressed more easily by a carer nurse. The invention therefore gives the elderly, injured or infirm, more independence and can reduce the time needed for them to dress or be dressed, thus leaving more time for greater quality of life. It will also result in the elderly being able to remain in their own homes for longer, thus reducing the pressure on care homes, which is already a serious problem. Advantageously, sleeves can be provided on one, preferably the front section of the garment, as it is then easier to place the arms in the sleeves. The sleeves may simply be tucked into the arm-holes of the back section, and attachments made between back and front sections at the shoulders and preferably down the sides under the sleeves. Preferably the sleeves are attached to the arm-hole area of the back section, either from inside the arm-hole, or on the outside of the arm-hole.

Injuries that can arise when dressing the elderly will also be reduced, thus alleviating some of the pressure on hospital beds, not to mention reduced discomfort for the elderly and the emotional trauma to both them and their families and friends when injuries occur.

The process of dressing the elderly is both easier for the patient and their nurse/carer, if any, and will therefore result in less injuries to both, as dressing the elderly can be a major problem for carers, especially those in the home caring for an elderly relative. Such carers may not have easy access to hoists and the like and in most cases will have had minimal, if any, training in caring for the elderly.

A further advantage of this invention is that if one section of clothing is soiled, it is possible to change that section only, thus making changing the garment easier and faster when something is spilled or other accidents occur. It will also save on laundry costs, including the amount of water and detergent used in washing, as only that section, rather than the entire garment will need to be washed. This is advantageous to the environment, an increasingly important issue.

The mode of dressing is particularly useful to carers and nurses who have to dress their patients or elderly relatives. The invention can also require less manipulation of the limbs of patients, thus being more comfortable for the patient. Further, the invention is also relevant to any nursing situation in which change(s) of garment(s) is necessary, especially if the patient is unconscious or has a limb mobility problem, such as in strokes and accidents. It will save nurses both time and effort. Similarly parents with handicapped children can be helped to dress them by this system. s

For the elderly dressing themselves, the procedure for the lower garments is particularly helpful, especially in the case of the elderly having balance problems, as they no longer have to balance on one leg and put their other leg into the leg of the garment. Upper garment dressing is also improved in most cases, especially when the elderly concerned have mobility problems, such as being unable to raise their arms properly after a stroke.

Further, if mobility does not allow complete self-dressing, partial self-dressing can still prove advantageous in terms of time and privacy. For instance, a helper may simply make final attachments below the knee in a lower garment, or around or under the arms in an upper garment. Yet further, even a neighbour could assist with the final stages of the dressing procedure without causing any embarrassment.

As will be appreciated, the attachment means between the two sections can include an elastic portion so as to allow for stretching of the completed garment to easily and comfortably accommodate different sized individuals, within sensible limits.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The invention is described further hereinafter, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

Fig 1 shows a side view of a full figure wearing both upper and lower garments, showing possible areas of attachment between the front and back sections of the garment;

Fig 2 shows a side view at approximately a 45 degree angle, to exhibit the possible areas of attachment between front and back sections of the garment. Attachments of both the inner and outer legs of the lower garment are shown; Fig 3 shows an embodiment of the back view of an upper garment, such as a shirt, blouse, T-shirt or the like;

Fig 4 shows a front view of an upper garment, including the sleeves;

Fig 5 shows a back view of the garment of the sections of Figs 3 and 4;

Fig 6 shows a front view of the upper garment of Fig. 5;

Fig 7 shows an embodiment of the back view of a lower garment, such as trousers, jeans, shorts or the like;

Fig 8 shows an embodiment of the front view of a lower garment, with possible areas of attachment to the back section;

Fig 9 shows a crotch, with possible attachments;

Fig 10 shows an embodiment of shorts or underpants or the like;

Fig 1 1 shows an embodiment of the back or front of shorts, underwear or the like;

Fig 12 shows an embodiment of the front or back section, of shorts such as in Fig. 1 1;

Fig 13 shows an embodiment of a one-piece pair of shorts, underwear or the like; ?

Fig 14 shows an embodiment of the front or back section of a skirt;

Fig 15 shows an embodiment of the front or back section of a skirt such as in Fig. 14;

Fig 16 shows an example of trimming with possible attachments;

Fig 17 shows an embodiment of trimming with elastic;

Figs 18 to 20 show an embodiment of the sequence of dressing on a bed;

Figs 21 to 23 show the sequence for dressing for both lower and upper garments when sitting on a chair;

Fig 24 is the front view of a variation of the embodiment of an upper garment, in this case showing an extension of the shoulder area of the back section; and

Fig 25 is the back view of another variation of the embodiment of an upper garment showing an extra layer on the back section.

DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS

With reference first to Fig. 1 of the drawings, numeral 1 in the figures designates an embodiment of the back section of a garment. Numeral 2 shows an embodiment of the person's body or part(s) thereof. Numeral 3 shows an embodiment of the front section of garment. Numeral 4 indicates points of attachment of the front section 3 to a back section 1, or vice versa, of both a lower garment, such as trousers or shorts, or of a front section to a back section, or vice versa, of an upper garment, such as a blouse or shirt. In future discussion, numbers are not always allocated to either upper or lower garments, as to any-one of skill knowledgeable in the art, the type of garment discussed or depicted, and the section, front or back thereof, is easily understood from the diagrams and/or the explanations.

The garments in the side view of the first embodiment are divided into two separate sections, namely the front and back sections of upper and lower garments.

The front and back sections are attached to each other by means of zips, tapes, press- studs, hook- and-latch, buttons, laces, leather, magnetic strips and/or magnets, or other known means of attachment, hereinafter referred to as attachments. The attachments may be continuous between the front and back surfaces being attached, or be placed intermittently along the join between front and back sections as desired or required, taking into account the use of the garment, modesty, expected activity and/or degree of movement.

The preferred means of attachment 4 is magnetic and can be achieved by pairs of magnets which can comprise any appropriate combination of, for example permanent magnetic and ferromagnetic materials as required at the possible locations. The magnets can be chosen to have a size and strength appropriate to the garment and/or individual. The magnets can be attached to the garment sections by adhesive or sewn into, or otherwise housed, within pockets of each garment section. Creative attachments may also be used; they may be the same colour and material as the garment, or contrasting material(s) and colour(s). Such attachments could be made of ribbons, leather, braid and/or the like. Trimming may be added to hide the join between back and front sections of the garment and the attachment means.

Fig 2 shows a side view of the embodiment, in which both upper and lower garments can be seen, with part of the front 3 and back 1 sections of both garments visible, together with the possible attachment means 4. In the embodiment of the lower garment, part of the front and back sections of the inner and outer leg areas are visible, together with attachment means 4 between front and back sections.

As will be appreciated by reference to Figs 1 and 2, sleeves of the garment are provided extending from the front garment section 3. This greatly simplifies the structure of the garment sections and the ease and simplicity by which an individual can be dressed.

Fig 3 shows an embodiment of the back section 1 of an upper garment, such as a shirt, blouse, T- shirt or the like. It should be noted that no sleeves are incorporated into the back section.

Fig 4 shows an embodiment of the front section of an upper garment, which incorporates the sleeves in the manner also discussed above in relation to Figs 1 and 2.

Fig 5 shows the combined embodiments of Figs 3 and 4 and with the section 3 (of which only the sleeves are visible) attached to the back section 1 and revealing the sleeves of the front section 3, attached by tapes, press-studs, hook-and-latch, magnetic strip(s) and/or magnets, or other such known forms of attachments 4 and as discussed above.

Fig. 6 is a view of the combined embodiment of Fig. 5 but shown from the front.

Fig 7 shows an embodiment of the back section of a lower garment, such as trousers, jeans or the like. The length of the leg portion can be varied such that the concept can be provided in the form of shorts, briefs and the like.

Fig 8 shows an embodiment of a lower garment with possible location 4 for attachment means between front and back sections of the garment of this drawing and/or Fig. 7. Attachments (4) are shown in possible positions. Number and spacing of attachments may vary as discussed below. The back and front sections are then attached, as described above. The width of the back and/or front section should be wide enough to comfortably cover the sides of the legs. Attachments are made either down the entire length of the sides, or at intervals, which can be determined by the activities expected of the wearer, and/or decorative considerations.

The crotch area may form part of the back or the front section of the garment, or be completely separate, in which case it will then be attached to both front and back sections. In adults it would normally be easier for the crotch to be part of the back section, and then be attached to the front section. In babies and young children, the crotch may form part of the front section, in which case, the adult dressing them would lift the lower half of their body to attach the crotch to the back section, also a possibility in adults.

The lower garment described above may also be applied to shorts, underpants, briefs and the like.

Fig 9 shows an embodiment of a crotch with possible attachment means and additional attachment means that may be provided along/on the sides of the crotch region of the front and back portions.

Fig 10 shows an embodiment of shorts or underwear, and which can be considered from either the front or back and for use in combination with the section shown in Fig. 11.

Figs 11, 12 and 13 show an embodiment of shorts, underpants and the like, with variations in the incorporation of the crotch. The crotch may be incorporated into either the front or the back sections of the garment, though it is probably easier to attach the crotch to the front section of the garment rather than the back, so incorporating the crotch into the back section may be preferable. The crotch may also be separate and not incorporated into either front or back sections of the garment. The crotch would then be attached by the means already discussed above, to both front and back, and possibly the top sides of the inner legs of the garment. This would make it easy to replace the crotch without replacing the rest of the lower garment should the crotch be soiled. Another variation of the embodiment of the lower garment is for the crotch to be incorporated into both the front and back sections of the garment, so that they are joined together by the crotch. This entails a variation in method of dressing, to be discussed further below, but has the advantage that attachments need only be made on the outer sides of the garment, from the waist down to the ends of the legs. The disadvantage of this system is that it is not then possible to change the crotch alone, without changing the rest of the garment, should the crotch become soiled.

In a variation of the embodiment of the invention, the lower garment may be one piece, with a lengthwise split down just one side, as in Fig 13, where the concept is shown in shorts or underwear, the same concept being possible in trousers, skirts and the like. In this variation only the opposite outer side needs to be attached, along with the crotch area, and the attachment means can be of any of the variations discussed above.

The invention can also be applied to any further form of garment such as, for example, skirts, whether in two separate sections, or one single section with only one side attachment necessary in the latter case, and such as illustrated in Figs 14 and 15. Fig 14 shows a back skirt section 1, Fig. 15 is a front skirt section 3 with attachment means 4 visible.

The front section may be contiguous with the back section, so the material would be one piece, with an opening down one side. If two separate sections are used, the procedure is as above, where the back section is placed on the bed or chair, the person placed on it, then the front section placed over them and attached as already described. If the skirt consists of only one piece, the back is placed on the bed or chair, the rest of the skirt is placed to one side, the person then lies or sits on the chosen back section, and the rest of the skirt is folded over them and the attachment(s) then made as required.

A dress or nightdress can consist of a back section, which is positioned appropriately on a bed or chair. The person lies or sits on the bed or chair, and the front section, which includes the sleeves, is positioned over, or in front of the person and attached appropriately as described above. This invention also makes it possible for anyone to dress themselves without getting out of bed. This would be advantageous particularly for the disabled and injured, but also for the able-bodied on cold mornings.. The garments could be positioned on the bed beside the person the night before, or on an extension of the bed, which is slid from under the main bed when required. The person would then roll over onto the back section of garments, the front sections are then positioned over them, and attached, as described above.

This invention also has leisure and fun applications, where it is easy for the person to change a section of their clothing if they spill something on the front of it, or fall over soiling the back section(s) of their clothing. Only the soiled section would then need to be cleaned, thus saving time, water and cleaning materials.

It would also be possible to wear a front section of clothing of a formal type, with more leisure or adventurous types of back sections.

If the attachments are made of elastic, or the trimming has elastic attachments on it, as in Fig 17, the size of the clothing sections would not matter, within sensible limits. A variety of different size garments could then the achieved by way of sections of the same size. Then, for example, an elderly person who either puts on weight, or loses weight, would be able to wear the same clothes, thus saving them money, as well as saving material(s).

Fig 16 shows a trimming with elastic attachments sewn onto the back of the trimming, thus allowing for expansion of the garment. Preferably the elastic attachment would be sewn at right angles to the direction of the length of trimming. The trimming itself may be made of elastic. In this figure the attachments are shown, but would preferably be placed under the join of the back and front sections.

As shown in Fig. 17, two lengths of trimming may also be used, preferably the top piece having the elastic sewn onto its lower side, while the bottom piece has the elastic sewn onto its upper side. The top piece of trimming sliding across the bottom piece of trimming to further hide the attachment. Minor adjustments, namely smoothing the trimming's edges against each other may be necessary to achieve the neatest effect.

Dresses and night-dresses are put on in the same manner as a shirt or blouse, namely the back section of the dress or night-dress is positioned on a bed or chair, and the person placed on, or against, it. The front section is then brought toward the person, their arms being put into the sleeves of the front section (if already formed). When the front section is in alignment with the back section, attachments are made between the back and front sections.

Turning now to Fig. 24, there is shown the front view of a further variation of an embodiment of an upper garment, where 1 is an extension of the back section in the figure, such that it comes right over each shoulder, and joins the front section of the garment at the front. This variation may make putting on the garment easier, particularly for those dressing themselves. The position and width of the extensions may vary according to the needs and/or tastes of the wearer.

Fig 25 showing another variation on the embodiment of an upper garment, has an additional layer of material, of the same colour and type as the rest of the garment or a different colour and type as desired for decorative purposes. This extra layer, designated 9 in the diagram, sits at shoulder level on the back section, 1, in Figure 25. This extra layer extends down to just below the arm-hole level, or further if desired, and hides the join between the front and back sections at the sleeve and arm- hole area. Attachment(s) are made to the back section, 1 , or preferably, it forms part of the back section of the garment itself. The additional layer may be joined to the top of the back section and follow the shape of the latter.

According to one aspect of the present invention, a method of dressing an individual is discussed further below.

To dress in a lower garment, such as trousers, shorts or a skirt, the back section of the garment is placed in position on a bed or chair as required. The section may be taped or otherwise held in the required position if desired. The person then lies on this back section if it is placed on a bed, or sits on it, if it is placed on a chair. The front section is then placed in position over or in front of them. The front and back sections are then attached together by the chosen means of attachment(s) as detailed above. Figs 18 to 20 show the procedure of dressing in both lower and upper garments on a bed. Figs 21 to 23 show the dressing procedure when sitting on a chair. In Figs 18-23 numerals 7 and 8 designates the bed or chair respectively, 1 the back sections of the garments, 2 the person's body or part(s) thereof, and 3 the front sections of the garments.

To dress in an upper garment, the person or their carer nurse places the back section of the garment onto a chair or bed. The person then lies on, or sits appropriately adjacent to this section. If the garment is laid on a bed, the person will lie on it, or sit on it if it is placed on a chair. The front section is then brought toward the person, and their arms put in the sleeves. This front section where they are lying on a bed, is placed in position on top of them, or in the front of them if they are sitting in a chair. Attachments between the front and back sections are then made as required. The number and position of attachments may vary as appropriate to the type and degree of activity of the person during the day, modesty and decorative considerations. Upper garments will usually have attachments between the front and back sections at the shoulder area, and below the sleeves/arm- hole areas on both sides of the garment.

Attachments between sleeves and arm-holes are not strictly necessary if the person is sedentary, sitting still in a chair wheelchair or lying in a bed all day, where the chair or bed covers their back from general view. If such attachments are required by the person or their carer, they can easily be made by a carer or nurse, however if the elderly person is dressing themselves, the attachments may be slightly more problematic, and should preferably be composed of magnets or hook-and-latch type of attachments. A person dressing themselves from the prone position on a bed may find making the attachments easier than from a sitting position in a chair. If sitting, the back section may be draped over the back of the chair in preparation if the top of the chair is at approximately shoulder height, instead of taping in position.

Should the person need to be dressed in more than one layer of lower garment, the back section of the outer-most layer is placed in position first, on a bed or chair. The back section of the next outermost layer is then similarly placed in position on the bed or chair, and so on, until the back section of the inner-most layer has been placed on top of the next inner- most layer. The person then lies or sits on this last inner-most layer of back sections. The front section of the inner-most layer is then positioned and attachments made between this first front section and the back section of the innermost layer. The front section of the next most inner layer is then similarly positioned on top of the previous layer, then attached to the back section of that layer of clothing. This procedure is followed until the outer-most front section has been placed in position, which is then attached to the last back section on the bed or chair.

For upper garments, where, for example, sleeves can be pre- formed, the person's arms must be put into the sleeves before the attachments between the front and back are made. Common sense dictates that the arms start to be put into the sleeves when the front section of garment is approximately one to two feet away from the person, the exact distance being chosen according to the size, comfort and dexterity of the person being dressed. Otherwise the procedure is as discussed above. The front section of each layer is placed in front of the person if they are sitting down, or on top if lying down, moved into alignment and attached.

To reduce intrusiveness, the crotch attachments may be made before the lower garment is placed on a bed or chair. The dressing procedure can then vary slightly, in that after the person is placed on the back section of the lower garment, with the front section in front of him, this front section from the crotch to the waist area is pulled up into position so that the waist area of back and front sections meet and these are then attached. The rest of the sides are next attached. For dressing in several layers, this procedure is then repeated as discussed above with this variant of dressing, if subsequent layers also have the crotch attached to both back and front sections, and as previously discussed if the crotch area is not incorporated into the front and back sections. This method of dressing will also be applicable if the crotch is incorporated into both back and front sections. If sitting to dress, the person may find it easier to sit slightly forward in the chair.

Trimming may be used to cover the attachments between front and back sections of the garments, or as a decorative element, in which case the trimming may be the same colour and material as that of the garment, or a contrasting colour, pattern and material, as desired. Having interesting and exciting garments for the elderly and infirm is an important consideration in terms of their mental health and well-being, which is a major factor in improving their health and longevity. An embodiment of the trimming is seen in Figs 16 and 17. The trimming may be made of elastic, or may have elastic, portions 6 in Fig 17, running between the trimming, 5, to accommodate persons of different sizes such that the same garments can be readily adapted to be worn by different people of different sizes. Such a feature would also accommodate variations in the size of the person themselves, so that they would not have to acquire a new set of garments if they either gained or lost weight within sensible limits. The elastic can also give a neater finish, as the trimmings would pull toward each other, and dove-tail, or if desired could thereby create a ruffled effect if stronger or shorter pieces of elastic were used, with minimal intervention by the person or their carer nurse. The attachments, 4, may be on the trimming 5, or on the elastic, 6.

This invention makes changing the garments of patients easier for carers or nurses, and changing lower garments easier for the elderly/injured or infirm. Further, self-changing of lower and upper garments can also be made easier and involved less pronounced/extreme limb movements and so allow for greater potential independence for example for the elderly, infirm or injured. The invention can also provide for more choices for example for the elderly, infirm and injured for potential garments to be worn and in relation to different modes of dressing, such that a wide variety of different disabilities can be readily addressed by the present invention.

This invention not only readily improves the lives of the elderly and/or the infirm/disabled/injured, but can also be used in the leisure industry to allow greater creativity in clothing. For example, for a party one may opt to wear a front section of office attire, and a back section of a lion, complete with tail.

The two section embodiment also allows the wearer to change only the section affected by soiling, such as spilling a drink on the front section, or falling over, thereby needing to change only the front or back section, as appropriate.

The invention also allows a person to dress themselves in bed in the morning, which on cold mornings is most people's dream. The back section(s) of garments may be laid in position the night before, on the other side of the bed, or on a pull-out bed, this bed being manipulated from the primary bed. The person would then roll over onto the back section(s), place their arms in the sleeves of the front section(s), position the front section(s) appropriately, then attach the front and back sections. If more than one layer of garment is required, the procedures outlined above can be followed.

If different sizes of garment were to be accommodated within the one garment, by way of elasticated forms of attachments, the upper garment can either consist of enough material to fit the largest size of chest to be dressed in that garment, or can have scope for expansion by way of folded flaps. The latter may consist of a normal front of a shirt or the like, with a selection of possible rows of buttons or whatever other attachment(s) may be chosen within said flaps, so that the difference in chest size can be accommodated through the choice of row of the aforesaid.

Similarly, to accommodate different sizes of lower garment, enough material should be present to fit the largest expected girth. Obviously there are sensible limits to the amount of such 'spare' material in a garment: this can easily be ascertained by any person knowledgeable in the art.

Further, or in addition, an elasticated member can be associated with the attachment means so as to provide for expandable stretchable, but yet still secure, attachment between front and back sections, so as to readily accommodate different sized individuals, within sensible limits.

While this disclosure has been described with reference to an exemplary embodiment, it should be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes may be made and equivalents may be substituted for elements thereof without departing from the scope of the disclosure. In addition, many modifications may be made to adapt a particular material or other variation to the essence of the disclosure without departing from the essential scope thereof. It is therefore intended that the disclosure not be limited to the particular embodiment disclosed as the best type and/or mode for carrying out this disclosure, but that the disclosure will include all embodiments falling within such a scope.

Claims

1. A garment comprising front and back sections each with mutually releasably engageable attachment means, for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, and further arranged such that the front and back sections can be brought onto the respective front and back of a wearer and into attachment by way of the said regions, and wherein the attachment means comprise magnetic attachment means.
2. A garment as claimed in Claim 1, wherein the magnetic attachment means are adhered to the garment sections.
3. A garment as claimed in Claim 1 or 2, wherein the magnetic attachment means are located within pockets within the garment sections.
4. A garment as claimed in Claim 3, wherein respective magnets are located within respective pockets within the garment sections.
5. A garment as claimed in Claim 3 or 4, wherein the magnetic attachment means are sewn into the garment sections by way of the said pockets.
6. A garment as claimed in any one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the magnetic attachment means are removeably replaceable.
7. A garment as claimed in any one or more of the preceding claims wherein the magnetic attachment means comprise a plurality of magnet pairs.
8. A garment as claimed in any one or more of Claims 1 to 7, wherein the magnetic attachment means comprise permanent magnet and ferromagnetic pairs
9. A garment as claimed in any one or more of the preceding claims and arranged such that with the attachment means released, the front section can be located to allow a wearer to be positioned adjacent the back section, and further arranged such that the front section can be placed adjacent the front of the wearer when the wearer is so positioned adjacent the back section, and the said regions of the front and back sections can be attached by the attachment means.
10. A garment as claimed in any one or more of the preceding claims, and arranged such that the front section can b located to allow a wearer to be positioned on the back section.
11. A garment as claimed in Claim 10, and arranged such that the wearer can be positioned on the back section when in a prone position.
12. A garment as claimed in Claim 10, and arranged such that the wearer can be positioned on the back section when in a seated position.
13. A garment claimed in any one or more of Claims 1 to 12, where the attachment means
extend in a continuous manner along at least part of the garment.
14. A garment as claimed in any one or more of the preceding claims and including concealing means for concealing the attachment means.
15. A garment as claimed in Claim 14, wherein the concealing means comprises trimming.
16. A garment as claimed in Claim 15, when the concealing means comprises an elasticated concealing means.
17. A garment as claimed in any one or more of the preceding claims, wherein one of the front and back sections includes an opening for insertion of a vearer's limb into a sleeve portion.
18. A garment comprising front and back sections each with mutually releasably engageable attachment means, for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, and further arranged such that the front and back sections can be brought onto the respective front and back of a wearer and into attachment by way of the said regions, and wherein the front section includes sleeves for receiving the wearer's arms.
19. A garment as claimed in Claim 18, wherein the front section includes openings for insertion of a wearer's arms into the sleeves.
20. A garment as claimed in Claim 18 or 19 and arranged such that with the attachment means released, the front section can be located to allow a wearer to be positioned adjacent the back section, and further arranged such that the front section can be placed adjacent the front of the wearer when the wearer is so positioned adjacent the back section, and the said regions of the front and back sections can be attached by the attachment means.
21. A garment as claimed in Claim 18, 19 or 20, and arranged such that the front section can be located to allow a wearer to be positioned adjacent the back section.
22. A garment as claimed in Claim 21, and arranged such that the wearer can be positioned on the back section when in a prone position.
23. A garment as claimed in Claim 21, and arranged such that the wearer can be positioned
adjacent the back jction when in a seated position.
24. A garment comprising front and back sections each with mutually releasably engageable attachment means, for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, and further arranged such that the front and back sections can be brought onto the respective front and back of a wearer and into attachment by way of the said regions, and wherein the attachment means includes resiliently deformable portion providing for a flexible size of garment.
25. A garment as claimed in Claim 24, wherein the resiliently deformable portions comprise elasticated portions.
26. A garment as claimed in Claim 25, wherein the elasticated portions comprise elasticated strips.
27. A garment as claimed in any one or more of Claims 24 to 26, wherein an attachment means is located at the end of a resiliently deformable portion.
28. A garment as claimed in any one or more of Claims 24 to 27 and arranged such that with the attachment means released, the front section can be located to allow a wearer to be positioned adjacent the back section, and further arranged such that the front section can be placed adjacent the front of the wearer when the wearer is so positioned adjacent the back section and the said regions of the front and back sections can be attached by the attachment means.
29. A garment as claimed in any one or more of Claims 24 to 28, and arranged such that the front section can be located to allow a wearer to be positioned adjacent the back section.
30. A garment as claimed in Claim 29, and arranged such that the wearer can be positioned on the back section when in prone position.
31. A garment as claimed in Claim 29, and arranged such that the wearer can be adjacent to the back section when in a seated position.
32. A garment as claimed in any one or more of the preceding claims and including concealing means for concealing the attachment means.
33. A garment as claimed in Claim 32, wherein the concealing means comprises trimming.
34. A garment as claimed in Claim 33, when the concealing means comprises an elasticated concealing means.
35. A garment as claimed in Claim 34, wherein the resiliently deformable portion includes the elasticated concealing means.
36. A garment as claimed in a combination of any two or more of Claims 1, 18 and 24, and the claims dependent thereon.
37. A method of dressing the human form comprising the steps of arranging a garment having a front section and a back section, and means for releasable attachment of regions of the front section to regions of the back section, so as to be located to allow a human form to be positioned adjacent the back section, positioning the human form adjacent the back section, and subsequently placing the front section adjacent the front of the wearer when the wearer is so positioned adjacent the back section, inserting the wearer's arms into sleeves extending from the front portion and attaching the said regions of the back section to the said regions of the front section by way of the attachment means.
38. A method as claimed in Claim 37, and including locating the front section relative to the back section so that human form is positioned adjacent the back section.
39. A method as claimed in Claim 37 or 38, and including positioning the human form on the back section when in a prone position.
40. A method as claimed in Claim 37 or 38, and including positioning the human form adjacent the back section when in a seated position.
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