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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

Designed to solve the challenges of incontinence care

ZipperOn's patent-pending reverse zipper design promotes efficient care while discouraging wearers with cognitive impairment from removing their ZipperOn garment or accessing their brief. Zippers converge and open at the crotch providing minimal disruption to the wearer while maintaining comfort and dignity.
Benefits for the wearer
  • Minimal disruption during brief changes
  • Quick and easy changes for those resisting care
  • Encourages better sleep
  • Soft, cozy, and comfortable
  • Efficient access to treatment area
  • Helps keep incontinence product in place
Benefits for the carer
  • Reduces unintentional tampering of incontinence product
  • Reduces chance of infection due to smearing of feces
  • Cost savings by eliminating excess bed and garment changes
  • Time savings by minimizing cleaning/showering/redressing
  • Eliminates unnecessary housekeeping, cleanup and laundry
  • Less stress and frustration

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose ZipperOn?

The ZipperOn design is a patented and revolutionary product.

Because the zippers converge at the crotch, wearers requiring incontinence product changes or peri-care, can be quickly, easily and comfortably changed with minimal disruption. This is so important especially for those with challenges related to pain and discomfort or challenging behaviours.

The patented ZipperOn design eliminates the need to undress and redress the wearer during care. With ZipperOn, the time required for Caregivers to check and change will be a fraction of what it is when wearers only option is a traditional one-piece garment or pajamas.

By simply unzipping the product to access the area requiring attention, care is targeted to that area.Staff and carers are thrilled at the ease and speed with which they care for their ZipperOn wearer.

Fabric Details

Our winter weight, cozy fleece ZipperOns, are a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend. Garments are all pre-shrunk, considered easy care and may be laundered in a commercial or home setting. It is always best to dry the garments on a lower setting to encourage garment longevity.

Our all season ZipperOns are 100% cotton. They have been pre-washed and shrunk. However, as with all pure cotton items, there may be some additional minimal shrinkage after laundering. It's best to launder in warm water with mild detergent and dry on a low to medium setting. If the garment is to be worn in a setting with commercial washers and driers, keep sizing in mind in case of slight shrinkage. 

If you have any questions or inquiries, please email us at help@zipperon.com and we will be happy to assist. 

How do I determine the right size and fit?

The generous fit of ZipperOn allows for flexibility of fit depending on needs and preference.

Some wear ZipperOns for care and comfort while for others, the garment facilitates quick and easy incontinence product changes. There are some that prefer a snug fit as it helps keep the wearer from dislodging their incontinence product.

(*Sizing Chart Coming Soon)

It is very important to mention that the fit of ZipperOn depends on the needs of the wearer. See below.

1. Wearers wanting easy access and a comfortable fit 

ZipperOn provides quick and easy access for personal care and changing of incontinence products. 

For wearers with health challenges such as: palliative care, contractures, chronic pain, a product that is too tight may be uncomfortable for sleeping and easy movement.

See the size guide for recommendations

2. For Wearers with challenging behaviours.

ZipperOn by reason of its design, discourages the wearer from accessing or removing their incontinence product. If this is the goal, less ease around the chest is important so the wearer cannot as easily access their brief/pad by easing their arms into the body of the garment through the armhole openings.

Sizing measurements allow for several inches of ease around the chest. Generally, unless the bottom portion is unusually wider, select that size.

For some, ZipperOn’s leg length may seem long depending on the wearers body proportions. ZipperOns gather/taper at the ankles while incorporating room for swelling or thicker ankles. Many wear the products as sleepwear and others who are mobile wear the product just fine with footwear. 

If you are at all unsure of sizing or have questions, please contact ZipperOn directly.

How many ZipperOns should I buy?

For in home use, it has been suggested that two ZipperOn’s is sufficient. This allows for laundering of one ZipperOn while the other is being worn. 

In the case of an unexpected soiling of the product, completing laundry in a residential setting is generally quicker and easier than in a long term care home, therefore two garments may be adequate.

If the wearer lives in a care home, two may be sufficient assuming the turnaround laundry time is only one day. For extra peace of mind and readiness, some choose to purchase 3 ZipperOns.

What if I’m buying outfits for a loved one in a care home and others are already wearing ZipperOn?

ZipperOn labels have been designed with clear name and room identification in mind. 

There is ample space for a name and room number to be ironed on or written with a permanent marker.

How/where are our products made?

ZipperOn is proudly Canadian and located in Markham, Ontario. 

We firmly believe it is important to support local businesses.

Our garments are manufactured (knitted and sewn) in the Greater Toronto Area.

ZipperOn’s zippers are all supplied from the industry leader YKK, located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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