Buckingham Bra Buddy

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


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 ex pensive 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 bra buddy works.

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Preventing scalds in the elderly when cooking vegetables can often be a potential hazard. Usually a patient will try to lift the heavy saucepan with the vegetables inside to drain the veg. A better and safer solution is to use a wire chip pan basket. By placing the chip pan basket inside the saucepan before adding the vegetables it enables the patient to lift out the basket easily. This reduces the risk of burns from boiling liquid and is a lot lighter to carry to the plate.

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

The importance of remaining independent in the activities of daily living should never be underestimated. Independence is a quality that is closely linked with self worth. Carrying out the activities of daily living have usually been part of a daily routine that the patient has been following for decades. By removing independence in these daily tasks, impact on the patient can be widespread affecting both their physical and psychological well being. Sometimes in an effort to assist an elderly or disabled person we do too much and can remove their independence completely. Continue reading

Update: Tony Nicklinson – The Fight Goes On

After suffering a stroke in 2005, Tony Nicklinson was paralysed from the neck down. He and his wife campaigned tirelessly for a change in the law on the ‘Right-To-Die” issues that prevented him from having any kind of  assisted dying.

Tony died shortly after his recent case for a change in the law was lost and now there has been another setback. Continue reading

The Importance of Daily Living and Mobility Aids for the Elderly

Having elderly loved ones can be very challenging, especially if they are disabled or have limited mobility due to old age. Unless you are able to be a full-time caretaker, it’s simply not possible to help your loved one around the clock on a daily basis no matter how badly you would like to be there. Continue reading