Reachers & Independent Living

Elderly, Disabled, Injured? Is housework out of your reach?


If you are elderly, disabled, injured, have a disabling illness or maybe you are a carer of someone who is, then you will like the topic of this article. We are going to discuss the value, diversity and benefits of Reachers which are sometimes called grabbers.

Reachers In Our Disability Aids Range


Running your home and doing your best to keep yourself healthy and out of pain can seem like a very tall order. There is so much to do, and when you are suffering restricted mobility everything can take much longer to achieve.

Even if you have a loving, helpful carer around to help, how often does that help come at a price. From my experience, having to swallow ones pride and make many requests of your volunteer carer is always uncomfortable.

Then you have to put up with the inevitable long wait, as we know someone else's timescale is always different to our own. Do we then ask a second person for the help? Will two people turn up at the same time after you've waited hours for both? Most embarrasing! This is why simple devices that allow you to help yourself can be so beneficial. Not least of these are Reachers.

We have a selection of these in our Disability Aids range

Using reachers Means Independence

Generally I've found that most of us would prefer to do whatever we can for ourselves. But after some of the injuries I have seen, often suffered by the over zealous amongst ourselves, we really should use good tools like reachers to help us.

This will reduce the need to put our own bodies at risk. Simple movements that were once easy are now proving to be impossible and can be the hardest to face. For example, just applying moisturising lotions, suntan oils, creams and medications on difficult to reach areas can be really frustrating.

People don't always want to ask for help and then have to wait for that help.

Trouble With Putting On Ointments And Lotions

To remedy this we have found a specially designed long handled lotion applicator to reach those difficult places. This lotion applicator has a built up, ribbed handle with a thumb rest and is angled in two places for maximum manoeuvrability. The sponge is even replaceable.

Long Handled Combi Reachers

Just picking up the most mundane items around the home when doing the housework becomes beyond our ability unaided. This is where another of the reachers comes into its own. The Long Handled Combi Reacher Grabber is very handy. Lightweight and robust, this long handled reacher grabber is ideal for picking up everyday items around the home. Perfect for those who have difficulty bending or reaching.

The four finger trigger action makes it easy to hold and is especially suitable for those with a limited grip and has no skin traps. Letters and newspapers are easily scooped up. It has rubber lined, extra wide jaws which provide extra grip when lifting heavier objects. The jaws will even revolve 360 degrees to avoid you having to rotate your wrist, which of course can be very painful for some users otherwise. The size of this is very surprising, as it can be chosen in 26" and 32" lengths.

Reachers For Short Term Problems

If you have a temporary injury and therefore do not need something quite so comprehensive, there are reachers to help you. What you're searching for maybe the Handy Reacher.

This is an economy version which sits well in amongst the range of Reachers. It has a trigger design, ideal for picking up objects in the home or garden and you'll find that it is light and easy to use.

Disability Aids Support Your Independence

I think you will find that with a couple of items like quality reachers to assist you, being self-sufficient will be just that little bit easier. After all it is more important to keep your health and fitness as much as you can, especially while getting through your day as easily as possible, maintaining your independence.


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Long Handled Lotion Applicator with Lotion Dispenser

Long Handled Lotion Applicator with Lotion Dispenser


Combi Reacher Grabber

Combi Reacher Grabber


Handy Reacher Economy

Handy Reacher Economy