This Youtube video shows how you can don (put on) a bra one-handed without any help or additional assistive device.
This is a useful method for those with a shoulder injury or after a stroke and has limited use of their affected arm.
Directions for Thumb Method
- Hook one side of the bra strap (right side up) between your involved (weaker) thumb and index finger.
- Bring the bra from around your back to the other side using your stronger hand.
- Hook the bra together with the clasps. The bra should now be backwards.
- Rotate the bra so that it is facing the correct direction.
- Slide the bra up towards your armpit to cover your breasts.
- Use your stronger arm to slide the 1st strap over your weak shoulder.
- Finish with sliding your stronger arm through the 2nd strap.
- Try different methods of putting on a bra – one-handed and two-handed.
- Consider wearing easier and looser fitting bras (sports bras).
- Clasping the bra together can be difficult one-handed. Consider leaving the bra hooked when you take it off (like a sports bra) to avoid having to clasp them together.
- Bra extenders may help with tighter fitting bras.
- A dressing stick may help if you have limited range of motion.