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Fashion and Textiles

, 2:6

First Online: 12 May 2015Received: 28 December 2014Accepted: 27 March 2015DOI: 10.1186-s40691-015-0029-6

Cite this article as: Blaylock, A., Constantin, F., Ligabue, L. et al. Fashion and Textiles 2015 2: 6. doi:10.1186-s40691-015-0029-6


Senior citizens have specific needs for bedding, clothing, hygiene and medical textiles that are an essential part of their daily life. The -Textiles for Ageing Society TAGS- project deals with these specific demands. Caregivers from 6 European countries were asked by means of a semi-structured interview, how bedding textiles can contribute to daily care work. We found that better design could support care work substantially. As examples, in the short term, better design of colour and style should avoid a hospital like appearance, and better control of bed climate will improve a resident’s sleep quality. Long term developments are prevented by a number of barriers. Introduction of new bedding concepts is retarded by the fragmented situation between the elderly, care givers, purchasers, manufacturers, researchers, care organisations and politics which needs to be overcome. Caregivers as experts must be heard and their needs must be transformed into more appropriate, cost effective designs of bedding textiles, which can support to the quality of residents in care homes substantially. More intelligent textiles substantially could contribute to support care workers, however their potential has not been exploited yet.

KeywordsAgeing Bedding textiles Care Barriers Qualitative methods European society  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Ann Blaylock - Floriana Constantin - Loredana Ligabue - Licia Bocaletti - Barbora Siroka - Jan Siroky - Tom Wright - Thomas


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