This section includes handgrips, clamps, cuffs and supports to help with using a range of household items.
Foam tubing and finger yokes. Foam tubing may be used to adapt the grip of standard cutlery or other utensils to make it easier to use, for example to increase the width of a spoon. Finger yokes support your fingers on the handle of the cutlery in the best position to undertake a task, for example stabilising the index finger and/or the thumb.
Handgrips and attachments include handles and arm supports that can be attached to a range of objects, and may provide enhanced grip and an ability to hold things with greater firmness and a more comfortable hand position. Some allow some of the weight of a tool to be taken through the forearm. Add-on handles and gripping aids can be used for other items such as golf, sports and cleaning equipment to assist you to use a long handled tool in an upright or sitting position. Some handles are universal in design, meaning they can be used with a range of items such as pens and toothbrushes.
Handgrips for attachment to cutlery are designed for specific cutlery ranges. A larger grip on cutlery or utensils means that your fingers don't need to be wrapped tightly around the cutlery in order to grip it securely. This can be helpful if you have pain in your hands or are unable to form a tight grip. Contoured handles are shaped to fit the contours of your hand, allowing a more secure grip of the handle. Some contoured handles also have finger indentations or are made from slip-resistant materials, helping to prevent your hand from slipping forward.
Forearm supports and stabilisers may assist with eating or drinking. These can be attached to a tray or table top and may help reduce tremor or uncontrolled movements during eating or drinking tasks. They may also be used for other tasks such as writing, computing and personal care, e.g. shaving.
Equipment to secure items in place including art and craft, photographic material, instruments or magnifiers. Items can be secured and positioned on a table or on a wheelchair. Bed attached clamping systems or holders enable objects such as cups and mirrors to be fixed to the bed frame or headboard in a convenient position.
Weighted cuffs may reduce hand tremors when writing or completing personal care tasks.
If you know that there is a certain product that will help you, feel free to browse through our online catalogue or use our search tool for specific product names. National retailers are listed against each product and you can click on their link to go directly to their website to order that product or contact the retailer for more information. Don't forget to tell them you found their information on our site.
If you are unsure about what you need why not try our AskSARA tool to narrow down your search by considering what areas of daily living you need help with.
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