“Forget the “sexiness or style” of my bra; I just need one I can actually put on MYSELF!” Is this something you have said to yourself on more than one occasion, or know someone who struggles with finding the right bra for the type of physical lifestyle they have personally adjusted to? If it is, then you, like me, could maybe use a little guidance. By watching my mother be a personal caregiver of someone we love, I understand the difficulties and challenges of finding the clothing that works for people with physical disabilities; especially when it comes to bras.
Depending on the type or severity of the physical disability or challenges, some of these methods or bra types may work better than others, but I do feel as if there is something here that will work for any such case. A lot of the online items relating to bras and closures are based around arthritis, MS and dexterity issues. There are various companies that can assist any individual with these specific issues, choose a bra type and size that will work for them, and foster independence by allowing them to do the bra up on their own without having a caregiver or partner helping. Many of these bras are front closure bras.
There are many different methods of the front closure bra, with various front closure options ranging from snaps, to hook & eye closures, to the Corebra Magnetic closure. The Naturana 5663 Front-Opening Bra offers full support and comfort for ladies with busts from a B to a DD cup, with a hook-and-eye closure for ease. There are special bras designed for women with arthritis and dexterity issues from Silvert’s, who also have an extensive online catalog of adaptable clothing for women and men (and shoes). A pull-over bra like the Sleek Simplicity or Light Luxury bras by Bra Doctor would be especially for women with dexterity issues and have troubles moving their fingers or hands, but who have full or able movement in their arms and shoulders, since it is a slip on and has no closures.
Now the one that I had a challenge in finding a specified bra for, were for the women (like Bethany Hamilton) who have the use of only one arm. If the individual cannot find help with any of the other bra types listed above, they can try a dressing aid called the Bra Angel. The Bra Angel gets hooked around your neck and hangs down in the front, centered on your chest, and holds one end of your bra securely while the other end is brought round the body and attached to the secured end. It appears that you can use it to assist with even your regular back closure bras.
And one final item I came across which can be used for any level of difficulties is an adhesive bra like these adhesive support cups from Forever New Fashion Essentials. Now this is only one brand of this type of bra, but basically it is a stick-on bra that is held in place by an adhesive backing, without straps, a back, or wiring! These particular bra cups come in A, B, C and D cups, and you can purchase replacement adhesive tape (sold separately) after you use up the tape that comes with the cups (enough for several uses). Assuming you follow the care and wear instructions carefully, there should be no reason this bra wouldn’t be suitable for many occasions, like when wearing a strapless or backless dress.
I personally can relate, watching even the youthful members of my family struggle with getting dressed every day and being able to do it on their own; I can only imagine how they must feel at times. My stepfather struggles with getting dressed alone at all; whether it be putting on a shirt, zipping up a jacket, sliding into his pants, or pulling on his socks, he is hindered by a neurological disease that currently leaves him with the use of only his right arm, which is extremely difficult on the whole family. So a supportive note to the Caregivers: be strong; just you being there helps!
Next week, we’ll share a few more general websites with you, as well as stores and alteration solutions for men, women and children with a range of physical disabilities.
Photo Credits and Sources:
Magnetic Core Bra
The Bra Angel
Forever New Fashion Essentials Adhesive Bra Cups
Photo of Hands
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