The Story of ZipperOn
While working in long-term care and visiting care homes for both older adults and those with special needs, I recognized similar challenges. Individuals remove and displace their incontinence product, often leaving the wearer in a mess.
Caregivers tell me they are often frustrated when they are presented with incontinence messes, sometimes occurring more than once per shift. The increased demands create stress for the care provider as there is less time remaining to address the needs of others in their care. For those providing care at home, sleep deprivation and a lack of personal time leads to exhaustion and burnout.
After repeatedly hearing and seeing firsthand the challenges confronting staff and the difficult effects on older adults and those living in community, I was determined to find a solution.
Those with chronic or declining health conditions and those requiring end of life care, benefit from wearing a cozy and comfortable one-piece garment that is easy to put on and also allows for minimally disruptive personal care for the fragile wearer. This is ZipperOn.
As young children, we learn how to fasten a zipper in the ‘usual’ way. Because ZipperOn fastens in the opposite direction it is designed to discourage the wearer from easily removing the outfit and accessing their incontinence product.
Testing ZipperOn in Long-Term-Care homes yielded results that were staggering! ZipperOn, was solving a problem.
For those struggling with dementia and behavioural challenges, wearing ZipperOn allowed wearers to sleep longer without disruption at night. One wearer who suffered from a severe infection (sepsis) due to tampering in his incontinence product was soon infection free because of ZipperOn.
Directors of Care, caregivers and family members request ZipperOn. I hear exciting stories of customers who are more settled and staff who are happy. Happy wearers and happy carers.
I’m looking forward to serving you.
Ruth Naismith, RN
ZipperOn Inventor and CEO