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Advice On Using Dressing Aids

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.

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

The Buckingham BraBuddy allows you to put a bra on using just one hand.

 

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.

 

Help On Choosing Bedroom Aids

An image of a woman sitting in bed with the divet wrapped around her.

A Poor Nights sleep can be extremely detrimental to our health.

How many nights have you or your loved one, tossed and turned, desperately trying to find a comfortable spot? Maybe it is a bad back, arthritis, multiple sclerosis – I could go on and on. It can be a disability we are born with, or something we have developed through disease or maybe a health problem that has been brought on as we reach our later years.

Whatever the cause for our discomfort, a good night sleep, can be hard to find.

Medical breakthroughs and Disability Aids

Life can certainly bring about its complications, and the bad backs; loss of eyesight, pain and stiffness, mobility problems, can all contribute to making your life pretty miserable. Fortunately for us, we live in an age of discovery.

Where medical breakthroughs may allow us to control the pain of our illness, and new technology and materials can create products to help ease the strain of daily living.

Using Bedroom Aids to help

Many people have told me how, at the end of an arduous day, all they want is a good nights sleep; but how instead, they struggle to even get into bed safely.

This is when items like the Bed Bar, which is a supporting grab bar, the  Leg Lifter, which will enable you to move a stiff or immobile leg into bed, or the Rota Cushion, which will prevent jarring or twisting as you slide out of a wheelchair and into bed, are essentials.

To be able to ensure that you are now in bed securely is the first step. Now that you are there, the Electric Pillow Lifter can help you to become comfortablewhether you want to sit up or lie down.

Keeping essentials close by

I’ve found from personal experience that we always want something after we arenice and comfortable in bed. Therefore I always keep my essentials on a table by my bed, the Bed Table On Wheels is so useful for this, as it is on wheels and has a raised edge to stop everything sliding off as you pull it to you!

One of my favourite items that I have recommended to many people who have problems sitting up in bed, is the Bed Rope Ladder. No, it isn’t a new way of getting into the loft, but a way to pull yourself up into a sitting position with a hand over hand movement, simple yet effective.

There are now Disability Aids for everything

Well hopefully you have found some ways to help bring that nights sleep well into your reach. You may think that in the morning, the only thing that would make it better, would be for someone else to make the bed, I know I do!

Now you can – well almost – the Bedmadeez is a new item that will take all of the hard work out of making that bed …..Sweet Dreams!

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.

Help with Modern Toilet Aids

Going to the toilet is probably the most basic human function, and yet many people take it for granted. For people living with disabilities, going to the toilet by themselves is either extremely challenging or even completely impossible.

However, there are a number of bathroom disability aids, or more specifically toilet aids, that can help a person use the bathroom completely unaided.

Image of the Foldeasy toilet safety frame in the bathroom.

The Foldeasy Toilet Frame is extremely portable making it ideal for taking on your travels.

A Full Range of Toilet Aids

Buckingham Healthcare supplies a range of disability aids for a variety of needs and age group. If you have a child in a wheelchair or in hospital, a urinal aid can help spare their blushes when a trip to the toilet is impossible.

The ergonomic design and extended body, make this urinal easy to use. It will prevent your child from experiencing the embarrassment of accidents.

For older people, the foldaway toilet frame is ideal for help with getting on and off the toilet.

Because it folds away neatly, it is easy to transport and store. Something as simple as this toilet frame can be the difference between a disabled person living at home and living in supported housing.

The Very Best Bottom Wiper Toilet Aids

Compact Easywipe Bottom Wiper

The Compact Easywipe Bottom Wiper folds and fits into a discreet plastic carry case.

The bottom wiper toilet aid is designed to help individuals who find reaching a challenge or even impossible. Because of the way the bottom wiper has been designed, it is ideal for use by people who have limited dexterity. As well as helping the disabled person remain independent, this clever disability aid helps an individual maintain good personal hygiene.

We believe this wiper aid to be one of the best toilet aids there is available on the market. The bottom wiper comes in a discreet plastic container. It can then be kept in a jacket pocket or bag for when people are not in their own home.

Grab Rails & Raised Toilet Seats

Even the most basic of toilet aids such as grab rails and raised toilet seats can make all the difference to a disabled person’s quality of life. Being able to lift themselves onto and off the toilet unaided reduces the need for supervision or care. Grab rails play an important role in preventing accidents in the bathroom too.

For a person who has limited mobility, grab rails placed near the toilet and in the bathroom will allow them to move around without help.

Inexpensive Toilet Aids

Toilet aids really are necessary for individuals living with a disability and many are inexpensive to buy too. Purchasing these aids encourages independence and enables the individual to perform their own hygiene routine.

As well as a variety of aids for the toilet, there are a number of bathroom aids that can help individuals have a wash or take a shower or bath. Regardless of a person’s disability, there will be an aid to help improve their life.

Better Choices of Walking Aids for the Disabled

As time marches on, we find many things change. Sometimes the most major changes occur within our own bodies. Our bones become weaker, as does our sight, and maybe even our overall health. When we get to the point that our legs just don’t want to work the way we would prefer them to it may be the time to look into walking aids.

Image of a standard wheeled walking frame

Wheelchairs or walking aids

Granted, no one wants to be disabled. Some people, however, may actually be born with an ailment that puts them into this category. Others, on the other hand, become disabled because they grow older and things happen within the body. Now, this doesn’t realwalkers032ly mean that any of us would get to the point where we need a wheelchair, but perhaps walking aids is the better choice. These aids would include walker frames, rollators, ambulatory walkers and such.

You can find more on our products pages at our Healthcare Products & Walking Aids pages.

Quality mobility aids are the key

The point behind such products is mobility. The manufacturers want the individual to regain freedom so that they are ambulatory allowing the user to be able to take walks, do their own shopping or anything else that requires walking. Walking aids also bring about a good sense of safety since the owner of this type of device would no longer have to look forward to falling all the time, for instance, but rather remain stable as they hold on to their walkers.

Many different types of Walking aids for the disabled

There are several brands and types of walkers available in the market place and because of this, the task may seem a daunting one when looking to purchase a walking aid. A walker can support up to half of one’s body weight. They come with one or a combination of the following: rollers, wheels, and rubber feet. It depends upon what point a patient may be at in which would be the appropriate match. It is always best to check with one’s doctor. The patient not only will be safer, but studies suggest that an increase in oxygen with a walker’s use can actually make the patient healthier as well as the increase in healthy blood rates.

Designed by healthcare professionals

Some prime examples of walking aids come from Buckingham Healthcare, a company ran by healthcare professionals. Walking Frames are available for those who are always on the move and the added plus is some of them fold down flat for easy travel and storage. The Standable Rollator is a bit of an upgraded version of the standard walker. This also is lightweight aluminium and this product comes with handles and brakes as well as a padded seat with removable backrest. For people who like to go on walks, but run out of energy along the way, this would be a perfect choice. Similarly, the Shopping Partner is a folding rollator with terrific support for while the user is out. With its large shopping basket and seat, as well as a removable tray, it’s a perfect item for the shoppers. If you don’t enjoy four wheels, try the Tri Wheel Partner. This folds down to fit inside any car boot and can accept bags or baskets as attachments.

Shopping for the end users needs

Whatever need there is; there is a bountiful array of walking aids. Check on the needs of the person who is to use such a device, double check with the doctor and hit the pavement! Shopping for such devices does not need to be hard.

Using Reachers For Independent Living

Elderly, Disabled, Injured? Is housework out of your reach? Are you a carer of someone who is elderly, disabled, injured or someone who has a disabling illness or perhaps you have one of these conditions yourself. If that is so, then you will benefit from this informative article. We’re discussing the variety, great value and multiple benefits of Reachers, often called grabbers.

Reachers Feature In Disability Aids Range

buckingham-combi-reacherLiving at home and carrying out simple tasks like housework can be very painful. With lots of chores to perform, when you have restricted mobility all tasks can take longer to accomplish.

Should you benefit from having a dutiful carer, does that help have a high price tag? Having to swallow ones pride and ask many times for your volunteer carer is always going to leave you with negative feelings.

Then you have to put up with the inevitable long wait, as we know someone else’s timescale is always different to our own. Do we then ask a second person for the help? Will two people turn up at the same time after you’ve waited hours for both? Most embarrasing! This is why simple devices that allow you to help yourself can be so beneficial. Not least of these are Reachers.

We have a selection of these in our Disability Aids range

Using reachers Means Independence

Generally I’ve found that most of us would prefer to do whatever we can for ourselves. But after some of the injuries I have seen, often suffered by the over zealous amongst ourselves, we really should use good tools like reachers to help us.

This will reduce the need to put our own bodies at risk. Simple movements that were once easy are now proving to be impossible and can be the hardest to face. For example, just applying moisturising lotions, suntan oils, creams and medications on difficult to reach areas can be really frustrating.

People don’t always want to ask for help and then have to wait for that help.

Trouble With Putting On Ointments And Lotions

To remedy this we have found a specially designed long handled lotion applicator to reach those difficult places. This lotion applicator has a built up, ribbed handle with a thumb rest and is angled in two places for maximum manoeuvrability. The sponge is even replaceable.

Long Handled Combi Reachers

Just picking up the most mundane items around the home when doing the housework becomes beyond our ability unaided. This is where another of the reachers comes into its own. The Long Handled Combi Reacher Grabber is very handy. Lightweight and robust, this long handled reacher grabber is ideal for picking up everyday items around the home. Perfect for those who have difficulty bending or reaching.

The four finger trigger action makes it easy to hold and is especially suitable for those with a limited grip and has no skin traps. Letters and newspapers are easily scooped up. It has rubber lined, extra wide jaws which provide extra grip when lifting heavier objects. The jaws will even revolve 360 degrees to avoid you having to rotate your wrist, which of course can be very painful for some users otherwise. The size of this is very surprising, as it can be chosen in 26″ and 32″ lengths.

Reachers For Short Term Problems

If you have a temporary injury and therefore do not need something quite so comprehensive, there are reachers to help you. What you’re searching for maybe the Handy Reacher.

This is an economy version which sits well in amongst the range of Reachers. It has a trigger design, ideal for picking up objects in the home or garden and you’ll find that it is light and easy to use.

Disability Aids Support Your Independence

I think you will find that with a couple of items like quality reachers to assist you, being self-sufficient will be just that little bit easier. After all it is more important to keep your health and fitness as much as you can, especially while getting through your day as easily as possible, maintaining your independence.

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Compact Easywipe Bottom Wiper

Revealed: The Truth About Bottom Wipers!

Bottom Wipers Disclaimer!

The fact is that although this article is all about Bottom Wipers, it’s really not as sensational as the title suggests. It’s a delicate subject which many people are sensitive about, and as you’ll read, we are respectful of that.

Making Life Easier

Bottom wipers can be an essential addition to the list of helpful gadgets for the disabled or elderly. There are certain conditions that people may become susceptible to that constrain the ability to reach very far. That’s when these toilet aids can become quite helpful. What this bottom wiper does is help you reach your buttocks so you can take care of your personal hygiene. With a number of these gadgets available, it can be hard to know which to choose. These types of wipers can make life easier for those who are disabled or simply older and can’t reach around to clean themselves any more.

Compact Bottom Wipers

The bottom wipers come in various sizes and you can find them with folding options as well as other functions. If you travel a lot, you’ll find the compact travel bottom wipers a perfect option for you – the most popular one is known as the ‘Compact Easywipe‘. Cleaning facilities also come in the form of bidets although they are less compact and portable than the bottom wipers. You’ll be able to have a fresher, cleaner feeling than you previously had, just by using simple toilet paper. You don’t need to worry about touching the paper either, as the Easywipe Bottom Wipers release the paper without needing to touch it.

Compact Easywipe Bottom Wiper

The Compact Easywipe is a Folding Bottom Wiper with discreet travel case

Comfortable To Use

These toiletry gadgets can work with paper or wet wipes and are quite resilient all the while being very lightweight. So, if you suffer from back injuries, they will not hurt you because of its heavy weight. The best kind of bottom wipers won’t feel like sandpaper either since some are manufactured with soft, latex-free materials. One of the biggest pluses is the fact that one of the main brands of wipers for bottoms has been designed by an Occupational Therapist for the utmost care. The ergonomic shape is designed to fit easily into your hand making it very easy to use.

 

Other Options To Bottom Wipers

Bidets also come in different sizes, as well as travel versions. These can include a soap dish inside the front to be used with water at a comfortable temperature. Travel models are battery operated offering a range of benefits that include a self-contained operation, various nozzles, as well as compact designs.

Where To Get Them

There is a lot of praise from the disabled and elderly when it comes to bottom wipers. In particular, there are many patients, people with disabilities, and those who simply cannot reach far anymore that enjoy the wipers from Buckingham Healthcare. Users proclaim their happiness about the shapes and lengths being perfect for their needs and people with prolapse discs and recovering from back surgery can use them without any discomfort. Independence is achieved with the compact Easywipe bottom wipers that can fit into any woman’s handbag and can bring back the confidence that may be lost when certain diseases, surgery or ageing occur.

The Buckingham Easywipe range of Bottom Wipers are available from our online store:

Buckingham Easywipe Bottom Wiper

Buckingham Compact Easywipe Bottom Wiper

Pocket Easywipe Bottom Wiper