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Best Pyjamas for Dementia Patients

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

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When caring for people with dementia, it's vital to choose clothes that are comfortable; including clothes for bed. Here's a guide to choose the best pyjamas for dementia patients to help them get a good night's sleep rest.

Best Pyjamas for Dementia Patients

Front-Closing Pyjamas

Incorporating designs that have front-closing features (buttons, snaps, or zippers) will simplify dressing and undressing routines. Such a design is especially beneficial for elderly patients.

Open-Back or Adaptive Designs

For those who often sit or stay in bed, pyjamas with open-back or other adaptive designs ease dressing from a seated or lying position, enhancing comfort. This is a perfect addition to their wardrobe.

Soft, Breathable Fabrics

It's essential to choose pajamas made from soft, breathable materials. This not only prevents skin irritation but also promotes comfort during sleep. Cotton is an ideal fabric, known for its breathable nature.

Tagless and Seamless

For people with dementia, sensory irritations can be quite distressing. Opting for tagless and seamless bed clothes can reduce potential discomfort and ensure they have a good night's sleep.

Elastic Waistbands

This style of waistband ensures a comfortable fit, eases movement, and simplifies the process of putting them on or taking them off.


For those dealing with incontinence, pyjamas with moisture-wicking properties or special

features can maintain dryness and comfort, ensuring they sleep soundly through the night.


Many dementia patients find solace in familiar patterns and colors. Choose styles with distinct patterns or colors to aid recognition and promote independence.

For instance, bold prints or their favorite colors can make them more inclined to wear these pyjamas.

Appropriate Seasonal Styles

Consider the current season's temperature to ensure comfort during sleep. Having a range of pyjamas suitable for various temperatures is crucial.

Best Underwear for Dementia Patients

Selecting underwear that combines comfort, ease of use, and sensory considerations can significantly enhance the daily dressing experience for dementia patients, fostering their well-being and sense of independence. Here are some ideas:

Front-Closing and Closure Bra

Especially helpful for carers assisting with dressing, underwear and bras with front-closing designs, like hook-and-loop fasteners, snap buttons, or closure bras, eliminate complex maneuvers and make it easier for individuals with dementia to dress with ease and independence.

Incontinence-Friendly Clothes

Underwear designed for incontinence management or with moisture-wicking properties is ideal for promoting hygiene and comfort.

Moisture-wicking technology involves materials that efficiently pull moisture away from the skin, ensuring that the wearer remains dry and comfortable throughout the day. By reducing dampness, these fabrics also help to minimize the risk of skin irritations and infections.

Other options include specially designed pockets to hold incontinence pads or briefs with adjustable waistbands to ensure a snug fit without causing discomfort.

Dignity and Independence

The style of underwear should prioritize the individual's dignity, allowing them to manage dressing independently.

Adaptive Clothing for Sleepwear

Designed with the needs of dementia patients in mind, adaptive clothing pjamas further simplify the dressing process.

Pjamas that have been adapted

Let's take a look at some examples of adaptive sleepwear options:

Magnetic Button Pajama Shirts: These are shirts that look like they have traditional buttons but use magnets. This design is especially helpful for individuals with limited dexterity or those who find buttoning tedious or confusing.

Magnetic Fastening Nightgowns: For those who prefer nightgowns, magnetic closures at the back or the front can offer easier dressing and undressing, removing the struggle with tight neck openings.

Velcro-closure Pajama Pants: These pants are designed with Velcro along the waistband, making them easy to adjust and put on or take off. This design can be particularly beneficial for individuals with mobility issues or those who need frequent changes during the night.

Nightgowns with Velcro Shoulders: Some nightgowns come with Velcro fastenings at the shoulders, allowing them to be opened fully and draped over the wearer, reducing the need for overhead dressing.

Open Back Pajama Tops: These are beneficial for those who spend significant time in bed or have limited mobility. The open back design allows caregivers to change the top without needing the wearer to stand or lift their arms.

Open Back Nightgowns: Similar to the pajama tops, these nightgowns are designed to reduce the hassle of dressing for both the wearer and their caregivers.

Stretchable Pajama Sets: Made with materials that offer a good amount of stretch, these sets can adapt to the movements and body shape of the wearer, ensuring maximum comfort.

Elastic Waist Night Pants: These eliminate the need for any fasteners and can easily be pulled on or off. They cater to those who find fastenings cumbersome or restrictive.

Anti-Strip Jumpsuits: For dementia patients who might undress at inappropriate times, these jumpsuits are designed to deter undressing with secure back zippers. They ensure safety and dignity for the wearer, especially during nighttime.

Our team specialises in custom adaptive garments. We work with many carers and familay members of those with dementia to help make the dressing process easier.

If you have any questions about our service or let us know what you need, we'd love to hear from you. Contact our team on 0447 733 321 or 07 3410 8788.

The Adaptive Clothing Australia Team


This article is not sponsored, but it does include affiliate links. We do not include links to products solely for the purpose of earning a commission. Our product suggestions are provided based on our genuine opinions.

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