Adaptive Equipment: The Grabber – Paraplegic demonstrates its uses

Following my husband’s motorcycle accident in 2015 that left him a paraplegic, the goal was to return to a life as close to normal as possible. For that, handy tools are priceless!

At 4’9″, I am used to not being able to reach high shelves. At 5’8″, my husband, though not tall, could reach the upper cabinets before the accident.

The grabber gave my husband back some of his independence. It reduced the number of times he had to ask someone to pick up what he dropped or reach an item on a higher shelf.

Also known as the reacher, the grabber is one of those tools that once you have it, you’ll find many uses for it. It’s not just for disabled people. It’s for short people, tall people, people with back problems that can’t bend over. It’s for the elderly who live alone. It’s safer than climbing on counters as I am known to do!

Here, Arthur demonstrates several kinds of grabbers and how useful they can be.

In rehab, you start with the basic model. But you’ll see from the video how useful an upgrade can be. He demonstrates one that rotates, increasing its usefulness. And the longer grabber means you don’t have to climb ladders!

We have a grabber in every room now. If my husband drops something after he’s in bed, he uses the grabber to pick it up so he doesn’t have to get out of bed into his wheelchair again.

We keep one in the kitchen for getting into the cabinets and one in my husband’s van. If he drops his phone in the van or needs to reach something while in the drivers seat, the grabber is a lifesaver!

He can reach his shoes and socks off the floor, reach his shirts in the closet. Outdoors, it can be used to pick up trash in the yard.

Think of the grabber as an extension of your arm. It assists you in daily living.

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Angela DiCicco

The Italian Grandmama

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