The Story of ZipperOn
As a registered nurse visiting care homes for both older adults and those with special needs, I recognized similar challenges for which I was determined to find a solution. First, incontinence care needs to be provided in the least disruptive, most efficient, and comfortable way possible. And, for those with cognitive challenges or compulsive behaviours, a garment must be specifically designed to minimize disruptions while at the same time promoting comfort and dignity.
Caregivers share stories of repeatedly dealing with challenges related to incontinence. The result is discouragement and exhaustion and in a multi-person home setting, less time remains to manage the needs of others. The result is frustration and stress. For those providing care at home for a loved one, sleep deprivation and a lack of personal time leads to exhaustion and burnout. I was determined to find a solution.
As young children, we learn to fasten a zipper in the ‘usual’ way, from bottom to top. Because ZipperOn fastens in the opposite direction (top down), the convenient 4 zippers converging at the bottom, provide quick, easy and effortless access for care. Further, for those with compulsive behavioural challenges, access to their incontinence product is minimized.
Testing ZipperOn yielded amazing results. ZipperOn, was solving a problem.
For those struggling with dementia and compulsive challenges, wearing ZipperOn encourages wearers to sleep longer in comfort and without disruption. One wearer, suffering from a severe long-standing infection (sepsis) due to tampering and smearing from accessing his incontinence product was soon infection free because of ZipperOn.
Those with chronic or declining health conditions and those requiring end of life care, benefit from wearing a cozy and comfortable one-piece garment. It is easy to put on from either the front or back, and it allows the carer to provide minimally disruptive care for the fragile wearer. For others, wearing ZipperOn provides easy access for staff providing wound or post-surgery care.
I looking forward to serving you.
Ruth Naismith, RN
ZipperOn Inventor and CEO