For anyone with health issues and disabilities, dressing can be extremely challenging. Struggling with taking off night time clothes, only to then have to redress for the morning, can feel soul destroying. Luckily there are a variety of dressing aids available today to make this daily activity easier if you have limited mobility or a disability.
I have long known and commiserated with the difficulties with putting on a bra. We all know how awkward it can be, even without any physical restrictions.
Women of any age who have weakness in their upper limbs following a stroke, arthritis, or a broken limb in a cast, find it very difficult, or even impossible, to bring both ends of a bra together and can often require help to dress. Let’s be honest, we ladies quite often would like some privacy and independence to do such things ourselves.
BraBuddy Dressing Aid
Wanting to solve this particular problem for ladies everywhere is what has moved me to develop the Buckingham BraBuddy. The BraBuddy Dressing Aid is placed around the neck and positioned between the cleavage, a soft chin pad helps to maintain the position, whilst allowing you to clearly see the fastenings.
It’s even possible for women with only one arm to put on their bra completely independently.
Putting On Socks & Tights
Of course, once we have mastered that, tights loom up large in the mind. We’ve found a women’s tights dressing aid, to make this task easier if you’ve less strength in the upper body or limited movement. We mustn’t neglect the men here of course, they might need help with putting on a sock.
Although I confess, the item is called a women’s stocking dressing aid, (it can be used with stockings!), men and women find using this aid much easier. The sock is fed onto the stocking aid, you place your foot into the sock. Then using the handles simply pull upwards to slide your socks on – voila!
Being Able To Reach Again
One item that quickly comes to mind when I consider the task of dressing is the Dressing Stick , or some people call it the reacher dressing aid. Essentially it’s a wooden handle with a large dressing hook at one end, and a smaller one at the other, to cover a large range of tasks.
For example, putting on jackets or shirts, skirts or even trousers. You can now achieve this, without the twisting and fighting with clothes, that can happen without this aid.
Hooking Up with The Zip Puller
A couple of seemingly innocent everyday items can make people want to jump back into bed. Yes, they are the button and the zip!
I am sure you are all with me when I say how frustrating they can be. I was particularly pleased when I found the Button Hook and Zip Puller. It’s really good value for money, and great for giving you back your independence.
The Kingpin Of Dressing Aids
Lastly, but certainly not least, is the Long Shoehorn with hooked handle. This shoehorn is so useful, that it’s often used by people with no disability or mobility problems at all. Shoes can be so unmanageable without it.
Maybe some of these ideas will help to take some of the frustrations out of your daily living.
I recently met a lady, who had an arm amputated, and wasn’t looking forward to her husband having to dress her every day. The BraAngel, in particular, put a smile back on her face, and I hope that you have found something to help you too.