Tools of Independence

Why I Love Mobility Grabbers/Reachers

Why I Love Mobility Grabbers/Reachers

One of the tools that my husband and I use the most around our house is our grabbers. I have to admit that I never owned one prior to living with him, but since he introduced me to them, I use them all the time.

When you are shopping for a grabber, I recommend you consider the following features. You want a grabber with a strong aluminum frame construction. The handle should feel comfortable to grip. And most of all, you want the "mouth," if you will, to be strong! Ours use a thin rope mechanism that pulls the grabbing mouth closed when you pull the trigger on the handle. The harder you squeeze, the tighter it will hold on to whatever you are picking up.

We like this style (verses the suction cup style that is also popular) for its small pinching profile. It can fit into tight corners and pick up fairly small objects. Coins or thin paper on the ground is fairly easy for us to pick up with this grabber.

Yes, I Love My Scooter! Thank You For Asking

Yes, I Love My Scooter! Thank You For Asking

For all of the times I get approached in public, the one time that I mind the least is when people inquire (politely) about my mobility scooter. It happened again yesterday. I was out grocery shopping and a woman using the store motorized cart approached me and asked where I got my scooter.

"I think I could really use one of those," she said.