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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:

The Importance of Daily Living and Mobility Aids for the Elderly

Having elderly loved ones can be very challenging – especially if they have a disability or limited mobility. Unless you’re able to be a full-time carer, it’s very difficult to help your loved one around the clock, no matter how much you’d like to.

Trying to balance your schedule and taking care of an ageing relative or friend can be very stressful. That’s why investing in a few affordable mobility aids is so important. The wide range of mobility aids available can help seniors maintain their independence and enjoy everything life has to offer as they continue to age. Mobility aids are ideal for older people who can still walk but need a little help and support.

Many choices for Mobility Aids for the elderly

There are many different mobility aids you can consider, depending on the type of support your loved one needs. It’s a good idea to discuss mobility issues together as well as with a medical professional. This helps you to decide on the degree of care required to keep your loved one active and safe. You can separate daily living and mobility aids into several categories, depending on function. That’s why figuring out what issues you need to address before you decide on to buy a product is so important. You can find more by visiting the mobility aids section of this site.

daily-living051The more popular types

Some of the most widely used mobility aids include light-support products such as chair raisers, different types of walkers and various toilet aids. They’re ideal for people who are still active but have lost some mobility. The available products can make normal movement easier and safer. Chair raisers are perfect for the elderly who have a hard time getting up and down. They can be used in the living room, bedroom or anywhere your loved one spends a lot of time. They can make any type of seating more comfortable and accessible for seniors with limited mobility.

Mobility Aids for the elderly give great assistance

Many seniors also use walkers and bathroom aids to make everyday activities easier and safer. Walkers can range from simple canes to advanced walking frames depending on the amount of support required. If you have a loved one who requires a lot of assistance when walking, then you may want to look into folding walkers that provide a maximum amount of support. Buckingham Healthcare offers an innovative walking frame caddy that includes a tray and a pannier, which makes it more convenient to carry meals and personal items.

Can you do it for me? The importance of remaining independent

An image of an elderly gentlemen using a crutch and walking the dog in a field.It’s part of human nature to want to do things ourselves.  As children, we’re encouraged to carry out activities when and how we want to. It’s only when carrying out an activity becomes too difficult, or when we fail, that we look for help.

Impact of Removing Independence

Sometimes the immediate solution is to remove the task entirely and hand it over to a carer.

I witnessed this when working as a community occupational therapist. If a patient was unable to cook independently, for whatever reason, the immediate response was to provide a carer for a mealtime visit. This removed the cooking activity from the patient entirely. Often the patient may have been struggling with just one aspect of the cooking task. By introducing a carer, the activity was removed from the patient altogether.

Loss of Independence Leads to Loss of Control

Another patient had a care package in place. Different carers visited her each day to cook her lunch and prepare a sandwich for tea time. There was no consistent time when they visited and their attendance time ranged between 11.45 and 2pm. This meant that on some days she ate before she was hungry. On other days she was very hungry before having her lunch. This caused resentment and the feeling of loss of control felt by the patient affected her profoundly.

Simple Solutions to Maintain Independence

During the Occupational Therapy assessments, it became clear that the patient could carry out most of the cooking tasks. However, they couldn’t carry heavy saucepans from the hob to the sink. This created a risk of dropping the boiling water. Introducing a lighter saucepan and a colander solved this problem. The patient was able to cook by using the colander in the saucepan. She could then lift her vegetables straight out of the hot water and onto the plate. With some minor kitchen equipment and some changes in the kitchen layout, she was able to prepare and cook her meals independently.

Balancing Independence and Assistance

Whenever assistance is provided to the elderly or disabled, it should be balanced to ensure as much independence as possible is maintained. I’d like to suggest that you consider the following;

  • Identify which part of the activity is causing the difficulty.  It may not be the whole task but just one component.
  • Can an alternative method be adopted to help with the specific task? (Like the example of using a colander for boiling the potatoes)
  • Is there any equipment available which will help? There are many aids to daily living that have been specifically designed to assist with daily activities.
  • Encourage independence. Even if only a small amount of the activity can be undertaken by the patient, it all helps toward promoting self-worth and maintaining an independent lifestyle.

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!

The Folding Toilet Frame – Ideal for Travel

There comes a time for those of you who have a disability, or those who are dealing with the changes that sometimes come from old age, when your homes have to be made safe and secure to make your lives more comfortable and daily living more independent.

Toilet Frames – An Essential For Some

Folding Toilet Frame being folded together in the bathroom

The Foldeasy Toilet Frame folds away quickly and easily making it extremely portable

It is of course, essential to equip your bathroom with a suitable Toilet Frame and Seat. When you consider that a great many people fall off toilets every year. Injuring yourself by falling off the toilet is a real risk, especially if you’re disabled or elderly.

Even if the injury is superficial, the knock to your confidence and dignity can be extremely detrimental. Once this is sorted out you’ll feel much safer when you are using the toilet. Having something to hold onto can make all the difference.

Toilet Frames: Used At Home or When Traveling

Toileting troubles are not only experienced at home. Many family members and caregivers have told me of loved ones who don’t want to go out at all. Or some family members will only take short trips, all the while appearing anxious to reach home again.

These worries usually stem from the anxiety of using toilets when out and about. Some areas don’t have public toilets at all, others don’t have disabled toilets, or have been vandalised. Probably an even greater area for concern is using a toilet in a friend, acquaintance or family members home.

If your friend isn’t disabled then they’re highly unlikely to have a toilet that you can use easily, without the fear of falling off.

Your Stories Led To A Portable Toilet Frame

It was stories like these, that I heard time after time, which really made me determined to find a solution. My team and I found a way to make a fully folding, secure & adjustable, portable toilet frame.

You can fold the Toilet Frame in seconds, and pop it into the car before visiting friends, a lovely weekend away, or maybe a summer break. Because we’ve added a height adjusting mechanism, this makes the Foldeasy Toilet Frame suitable for all sorts of environments.

Since then we have added a number of new features, but the really important point is that it is easy to use, and can change the life of anyone who has struggled to go out and can now enjoy every day.

Watch the short video tutorial to see how easy Foldeasy Folding Toilet Frame is to set up.

The Folding Toilet Frame Easier To Transport

By the way, if you’re concerned about moving your toilet frame around, we have found that most people use the Foldeasy Carry Bag which is made from durable fabric with a handle for ease of use. I hope that these products will make a difference to you and your loved ones lives – Bon Voyage!

The Foldeasy Folding Toilet Frame is available from Buckingham Healthcare: https://www.buckinghamhealthcare.co.uk/bathroom-toilet/buckingham-foldeasy-folding-toilet-frame

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.

Understanding Walking Aids For The Disabled

An image of a woman using a walking stick while walking along a pierLiving with a mental or physical disability is unimaginable for many people, and a harsh reality for many others and makes Walking aids for the disabled an essential. Luckily, many disabled men and women do have loved ones to look after and take care of them. Taking care of a disabled person in spite of many modern facilities is no easy task, and requires a lot of time and dedication.

SAC2 (6)Thankfully, there are products on the market to assist the mentally and physically disabled in everyday tasks, which take a lot of the burden off of the caregiver. Even though no tangible object can be a replacement for a human being’s assistance, many will suffice for certain common tasks such as getting around and reaching for items on higher levels. This is where modern mobility aids come into the equation.

Varieties Of Walking Aids For The Disabled

Walking aids for the disabled range from walking aids more commonly used by the elderly such as canes and walkers, to those more aimed at the physically disabled such as wheelchairs and crutches. While canes and walkers can be of assistance to the physically disabled as well depending on the severity of the physical disability, most require much more support. For this reason, mobility aids such as wheelchairs are more appropriate, as they are able to assist the more severely restricted such as those suffering from paraplegia and quadriplegia. These conditions unfortunately prevent their sufferers from walking altogether, which makes a wheelchair the most appropriate solution.

From Walking Aids For The Disabled To Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs make it possible for these physically disabled people to get around without assistance, and greatly improve their quality of life. These devices in general literally become such a part of the people that use them, that they are as vital to their lives as glasses (or contact lenses) are to the visually impaired. This is what puts so much importance on choosing the most suitable type of walking aid for the disabled person in your life. They are already suffering the unimaginable, and they deserve to have the freedom to get around and live their lives as best they can without having to be tended to.

Walking Aids For The Disabled Can Be A Great Investment For Everyone

Buying a walking aid will give a disabled person the freedom and help they deserve and will take a load off of their caregiver(s) at the same time. Walking aids for the disabled are an essential investment just as they are for the elderly and anyone else who needs help getting around for any reason. Show the disabled person in your life that you care about them and their well-being and purchase the best ‘walking aids for the disabled‘ that you can for them and their needs.