A Study on the Design Development of Dementia Patients Hospital Clothing

치매(癡呆) 환자(患者)를 위한 병원복(病院服) 디자인 개발(開發)

  • Park, Hye-Won (Dept. of Clothing & Textiles, Changwon National University) ;
  • Park, In-Jo (Dept. of Clhing & Textiles, Changwon National University)
  • 박혜원 (창원대학교 의류학과) ;
  • 박인조 (창원대학교 의류학과 대학원)
  • Published : 2007.02.28

Abstract

This study aims to develop the hospital clothing for dementia patient, which can bring them higher quality of life by giving them psychological and emotional satisfaction. As for the research method and contents, the authors searched the characteristics of aging society and dementia patient, mainly concentering on the related researches and publications. In addition, the characteristics of current domestic clothes design trend for dementia patient and design preference were studied by looking into previous studies. Also, on the characteristics of overseas design was examed by looking into sites on dementia, actual clothes and related catalogues. The development and evaluation of the design of clothes for dementia patient was conducted and which was based on the above researches. Then, the patients hospital clothing was designed and made. And also the discussion was followed with related field experts such as medical doctor and nurses, carer-givers, patient clothing manufacturers and professors of clothing textiles. Finally the authors designed and manufactured six patient clothes including one for male, one for female, two for common use in hospital, one for disable male dementia and one for disable female dementia. The developted clothes got high marks on beauty and symbolism in the evaluation by the experts. The design development of dementia patient clothes in this research will help the dementia patients' psychological comfortness and social protection.

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