“Reachers” or “grabbers” as I have always called them are a must for an elderly person who is unable to bend down.

Anyone who cares for or knows an elderly person will know that one of the first “aids to daily living” they will be provided with is a “reacher”. This is a mechanical claw device to enable people to pick items up from the floor or reach items from higher shelves. It works by the user squeezing the hand lever which  causes a lower claw  to close and pick up items.

Here is a short video showing how this works

However if you know someone who uses a reacher have you you noticed where it spends most of its time ?

 YES ! … ON THE FLOOR !!!!

This is a shout out to all manufacturers of such gadgets to make a simple alteration to the design. Add a resting hook with a rubber pad to the handle end so they can rest/hang on a table, chair etc.


Amazon stock many various types of reachers and if you buy one via this link then I am paid 5% commission and it costs you no more. I am donating this commission to Young Dementia UK. Thank you.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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