Reachers are versatile pieces of equipment which help you reach and pick up things that would otherwise be out of reach. Essential Aids supplies numerous models of ‘reacher-grabber’ for elderly or disabled people, each with jaws at one end and a trigger at the other, which opens and closes them. Some have special features like magnetic tips, which help pick up small metal objects. Some reachers have soft rubber jaws which improve friction. Sometimes called ‘mobility grabbers’, these devices may become crucial day-to-day tools as they may be of help in a variety of situations. Reachers for disabled people, the elderly or just those with limited flexibility are versatile pieces of equipment. You can find more mobility aids here.
Reachers are versatile pieces of equipment which help you reach and pick up things that would otherwise be out of reach. Essential Aids supplies numerous models of ‘reacher-grabber’ for elderly or disabled people,
- Vat ExemptThis reaching aid collapses down when not in use, making it great for storage or transportation.
- Vat ExemptA reaching aid with an ergonomic, pistol style grip that is available in two sizes.
- Vat ExemptA handy reaching tool that removes the need to bend down when picking up objects.
- Vat ExemptA versatile reaching aid with a range of handy features.
- Vat ExemptAllows the user to pick up or move items otherwise out of reach.
- Vat ExemptStrong reaching aid with rubber lined jaws, creating better grip on hard objects.
- Vat ExemptA handy reaching tool for picking up objects from the floor without bending over.
- Vat ExemptThis is a versatile hand-held reaching aid, ideal for grabbing up out of reach items.
- Vat ExemptFor those who have difficulty stretching to reach objects.
A useful pack of tools that are useful following a hip surgery.
- Vat ExemptSpecially designed rubber clad jaws making it easy to push or pull clothing.
- Vat ExemptA litter picker that allows the user to clean up and reach for items without bending down.
- Vat ExemptThis reaching aid offers outstanding value for money and is available in three sizes.
A reacher, sometimes called a ‘grabber’ or ‘reaching aid’, is a long handled tool which helps you grasp objects which would otherwise be out of reach.
Reachers have a handle at one end and a set of jaws or pinchers at the other.
At the handle end, there is a trigger which allows you to add or release pressure of the jaws.
The linking mechanism between the trigger and jaws is a length of cord.
People with certain disabilities or for another reason have compromised mobility may make regular use of reaching aids.
Many elderly people use this type of equipment for routine tasks around the home and garden, like picking things up from the floor, or reaching objects on high shelves.
While most people think of reachers as devices for picking up litter, they also come in useful in a variety of other situations around the home.
They are standard daily living aids for many people in the UK.
For those who find difficulty in bending at the waist, a condition which affects millions in the elderly community, picking things up from the floor is a challenge.
Having a reacher solves this problem.
Reachers may also assist in getting dressed independently.
They can be used to pick up items of clothing from the floor, help pull up trousers or shirt sleeves over shoulders.
Some have hooks on the ends of the jaws, which again may help with some dressing tasks.
Stroke survivors with compromised mobility, or many people recovering from a variety of operations also use reachers on a daily basis.
Length - reaching aids range in length from from about 15 inches up to 33 inches, so make sure you choose one meeting your requirements.
Trigger size - different reachers have different triggers.
For some, the user needs one or two fingers to operate.
In this case, the trigger may be quite narrow, so may not be suitable if you have arthritis in the fingers.
Some reachers have larger triggers which invite the use of three or four fingers to engage it.
Jaws - grabbers are available with various styles of jaws.
Some have small suction cups or high-friction soft plastic, providing a firm grip on hard objects.
Other models have hooks or magnets on the tips.
Folding reachers - while most have a fixed length shaft, some fold in the middle.
This effectively halves their size and makes them easy to fit in a handbag or rucksack, if you know you might need one when you’re out and about.
Rotating head - some reaching aids have a head which rotates.
This means it can be set in different positions, depending on the task at hand.