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How to Put on a Bra with Only One Hand Using the Buckingham BraBuddy Dressing Aid

Have you ever struggled to put on your bra due to limited mobility? Perhaps you’ve had shoulder surgery or broken your arm. Or you’ve had a stroke so only have the use of one arm? If so, then I know how frustrating this can be as I’ve seen it first-hand.

Putting on a Bra with One Hand is extremely difficult!!!

While I was working in a hospital on the stroke unit as an OT, I realised how difficult it was to put a bra on using just one hand. The effects of Stroke can be devastating and reduced mobility is just one of the many impacts a stroke can have on someone’s quality of life.

The Stroke Association has produced some staggering statistics in their latest 2018 State of the Nation Report.

  • More than three-quarters of stroke survivors report arm weakness, which can make it difficult for people to carry out daily living activities, such as washing and dressing.
  • There are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year.
  • In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 84% of patients leave hospital requiring help with their daily living activities (occupational therapy), but 20% of those who need help will not receive it.
  • Around 1 in 5 women will have a stroke in their life.
  • In a survey of over 1,000 stroke survivors conducted in 2015, 4 in 10 people told us the physical impact of stroke was the hardest to deal with.

Yet, despite these devastating statistics, nothing existed on the market to help women who have difficulty putting on a bra after suffering a stroke.

So, I invented the solution myself. The solution was the Buckingham Bra Buddy – a handy dressing aid that allows you to put on bra independently with one hand.

The BraBuddy dressing aid is completely unique and works by holding one end of your bra in place, while you bring the other end around your body, so you can fasten it.

How to Use the BraBuddy to Put on a Bra with One Hand

In this step by step guide, I’ll walk you through exactly how to use it. Alternatively, you can watch the video below if you prefer.

Setting up to use the BraBuddy

  • Sit upright either on your bed or a comfortable chair.
  • Place the base of your BraBuddy firmly between your thighs.
  • Next, pull the strapping out of the funnel and let it drop down between your legs

Using the BraBuddy to fasten your Bra

  • Pick up your bra and place the eyelet end of your bra strap into the fixed upper clasp of the BraBuddy.

BraBuddy Dressig Aid. Attaching the bra strap.

  • The hook end of the bra strap slots into the second BraBuddy clasp – the one with the strapping attached to it.

Brabuddy Dressing Aid Hook end of Bra Strap Attachment

  • Now, pull that clasp away from you as far as you can.
  • Keep pulling until there’s enough strapping to lift it up and over your head.

BraBuddy Dressing Aid in Use

  • The strapping should now be wrapped right around your body
  • Arrange your bra, so that it can be pulled around you.

The Bra Buddy ddressing aid in use. The bra posiitoned ready to be pulled around a ladies body.

  • Then tug the strapping back through the BraBuddy – so that your bra is tugged behind your back.

A lady tugging a bra behind her back using the BraBuddy Dressing Aid

  • Take hold of this end of your bra strap and slide it away from the BraBuddy clasp.

A lady sliding a bra starp of the BraBuddy

  • Fasten the hooks and eyes of your bra together

Two bra straps being fastened together using the BraBuddy Dressing Aid

  • Then, lift the bra up and away from the BraBuddy

Fitting the Bra into Position

  • With the BraBuddy’s job done, tidy up the strapping, and put it to one side.
  • Now, pull your bra around in front of you so that one cup is behind your good arm. The other cup should be in front of your shoulder – fold down this cup.

A lsy putting on a bra after using the BraBuddy Dressing aid

  • Pick up your arm and place your hand through the bra strap to support it.

A lady placing her non-functioning arm through a bra strap after using the Bra Buddy

  • Move your bra back into position, then pull the strap onto your shoulder

A lady putting on a bra after using the BraBuddy Dressing Aid

  • Now slide you good arm through the other strap.
  • You’ve now put your bra on independently using only one hand!

A Bra Dressing Aid for Ladies with Limited Mobility

This ingenious Bra Dressing Aid is ideal for ladies who have limited mobility or only have the use of one functioning arm such as:

  • Ladies who have suffered a dense stroke
  • Ladies who have a shoulder injury or have had recent shoulder surgery
  • Women who have broken an arm
  • Anyone who has limited reach or dexterity and struggles to put on a bra independently

The BraBuddy is a unique dressing accessory that eliminates the need for specialist adaptive bras and is suitable for use with most styles of bra.

You may also be interested in this post providing advice on using dressing aids.

For more information please visit the BraBuddy product page:

Top Options With Mobility Aids for Elderly People

Getting older is not without its challenges, hence the need for excellent mobility aids for the elderly. Getting around in old age can be a difficult task for some. Thankfully there are many products available today that offer a lot of help in that area.

Mobility aids come in many different forms, which is why it is important to understand an elderly man or woman’s needs when assisting them in purchasing one.

The range of products available is vast –  from canes to walkers and wheelchairs. Some products offer more support than others, and all vary in what kind of assistance they provide. It’s important to consider an elderly person’s medical issues and advice from their doctor when choosing a mobility aid.Image of a lady using the EasyCaddy with a folding walking frame in the kitchen.

Get The best for the End User

By using mobility aids, elderly people are able to retain independence – rather than relying on someone to get around. This is more rewarding and undoubtedly raises their activity levels and self-esteem. Keep in mind, though, they will need to learn how to use their mobility aid properly. They may need some help from a Physiotherapist, to get used to using the mobility aid.

Is The Particular Disability Device The Best Choice?

Be aware, though, that not all elderly people will benefit from a walking frame or cane. Many are able to get around just fine without one, and some may not be able to even with one. Don’t automatically assume that because your elderly loved one is having trouble getting around that a mobility aid is the answer (even though it often is). Be sure to always speak to a doctor or physical therapist first before making any decisions or purchases. And finally, make sure that whatever you do, to consider the interest of the person in question.

An image of a lady putting on a bra using the Bra Buddy dressing aid.

Have you ever tried to put on a bra by only using one hand?

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I would challenge anyone to give it a go. No matter how hard you try to hold onto one end its impossible to bring both ends of the bra together in order to connect the hooks and eyes. In fact, donning a bra is tricky for most of us that have the use of both hands so for those who only have the use of one hand being able to carry out this dressing activity has been impossible.

New Buckingham bra buddy

As an Occupational Therapist working with ladies that were recovering from suffering a stroke, it became obvious that despite my training I couldn’t find any solution to this dressing problem. There was no ”magic technique” or experienced therapist available to pass on a tried and tested method that would enable the user to dress independently. Despite carrying out extensive research into this area, I couldn’t find anyone that was selling a product that could help with the task.

What I also noticed with my stroke ladies is that this “simple” task was incredibly frustrating for them because although they could master other dressing techniques to put on their tops or trousers, they always had to ask for someone else (usually their husband or carer), to do up their bra and unless they were happy to wear a flimsy sports bra they often went without. This had a definite impact on their level of self-esteem and in some cases by not wearing a bra, that they had been used to doing for decades, it resulted in them feeling in some way… less feminine.

The difficulty with bra dressing has challenged me for a few years and it has been a difficult problem to resolve. I was keen to ensure that even a patient with a dense hemiplegia would and should be able to dress independently without having to buy an expensive adaptive bra or ask for help.

I am really pleased to announce that I have finally solved this problem and will soon be launching a new product to our Buckingham range.  The Buckingham Bra Buddy is one of a kind as it is the only product available that brings both ends of a standard bra together and enables the user to independently put on their bra even if they only have the use of one hand.

It’s a real breakthrough for ladies and I hope that you will be able to spare a few minutes to watch the demonstration video and see for yourself how the Buckingham BraBuddy works.