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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:

Disability Tips & Tricks: Use A Chair Raiser Set

If you or a loved one are have trouble getting up from a seating position, buying a well-made set can be an easy and affordable solution to the problem. Raising a chair’s height can make it more accessible and comfortable to people with injuries or disabilities. It’s also a great way to make the elderly more comfortable in their home.

Chair RaiserA Chair Raiser Set Makes For Better Living

Living with limited mobility doesn’t have to be such a struggle the whole time. Disability aids like chair raiser sets, make it possible for people with injuries and mobility problems to live full and independent lives. Getting new furniture is expensive and not necessary. Whether you are in need of help or you have a loved one who needs special furniture, using a high-quality chair raiser on each furniture leg is the simplest way to transform standard furniture into personalized seating for people who are experiencing physical challenges. Plus these are perfect for raising both bed and table heights too.

A Chair Raiser Set Is A Low Cost Option

Unlike most types of mobility equipment or custom-made furnishings, a quality set of these is very affordable and accessible to people of all income levels. Even if you plan to buy more complex mobility equipment in the future, using chair raisers until you purchase it is a great temporary solution. Whether they have temporary injuries or an ongoing health condition, using seating furniture is one of the most common problems among people with limited mobility. Raising furniture heights can make sitting down and getting up much easier and safer.

More Comfortable & Safer To Use

Extra cushions are often used as a way to heighten seating furniture, but they are not a practical or a safe solution for elderly people or people with physical disabilities. Additional cushions can make seating uncomfortable and shorten the length of the space between the seat height and armrests. Armrests make getting up easier and provide protection from accidental falls, so they should not be obstructed with cushions. Using a professionally made chair raiser is a much better solution because it makes seating furniture more accessible without changing the way it looks or feels.

Ensure Yours Is A Quality Chair Raiser Option

Chair raiser sets are available in a wide variety of brands and designs from individual blocks to interconnected raisers. It’s important to choose a product that won’t slide around on the floor and that can give the height you are looking for. Because furniture can be replaced and people’s physical needs can change, it’s best to get chair raisers that can be adjusted if necessary. Quality is another factor that you need to consider when selecting a chair raiser. In order to avoid buying badly made products, it’s best to shop at reputable stores that offer a guarantee of quality.

Where To Get Them

The Internet offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to mobility equipment. Buckingham Healthcare is one of the most trusted providers of disability aids like chair raisers. The Buckingham raiser sets can be used on many different types of furniture including chairs, beds and couches. One chair raiser set includes four individual units that can be adjusted to fit the unique needs of all people with limited mobility. If you have a physical disability or have a loved one who needs help getting around his home, getting a Buckingham chair raiser set can make all the difference.
You can get more details about the product specifics on our ordering pages at Buckingham Chair Raiser Set & Acessories

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.