The Story of ZipperOn
As a registered nurse visiting congregate living settings across Canada and internationally for 10 years, I have first hand experience with incontinence care and its unique challenges. I have also spoken to numerous healthcare providers and family caregivers who are frustrated with inadequate resources for providing peri care in a way that maximizes comfort, dignity, and efficiency. I was determined to find a solution.
Inspired by insights from older adults, personal support workers, nurses, and experts in long-term care, I have designed a garment that optimizes continence care for both carers and wearers. ZipperOn is a one-piece cozy fabric garment with 4 zippers oriented downwards between the legs for quick and easy access to care. This is an ideal product for those: wearing incontinence products, receiving wound care, experiencing pain, or displaying responsive behaviours.
Testing ZipperOn yielded amazing results. ZipperOn is a revolutionary solution!
Staff and carers are thrilled at the ease and speed with which they care for their ZipperOn wearer. By simply unzipping the product to access the area requiring attention, care is targeted to that area without the need to undress and dress. It encourages wearers to sleep longer in comfort. It is easy to put on from the front or back. With ZipperOn, the time required for caregivers to check and change is greatly reduced. ZipperOn provides easy access for staff providing wound or post-surgery care. Those living with severe long-standing infections (sepsis) due to tampering and smearing are now infection free because of ZipperOn.
This is just the beginning. I am passionate about dignified incontinence care and promoting quality of life for older adults and those with special needs.
Are you looking for innovative solutions for incontinence care in your care setting? Send me a note, I would love to connect with you!
Ruth Naismith, RN
ZipperOn Inventor and CEO