Hey, so I assume most people will be aware of the various gym and sport related gripping aids made by Active Hands (some of which I've posted about previously on here), but I wanted to mention that they've recently launched a new gripping aid designed for small items such as pens/razors/toothbrushes/paint brushes/various make-up items etc. It's really easy to put on and then swap between items you want to hold. I was lucky enough to test one out when they were trialling them and have just purchased one which is working out even better than I had hoped. I have a high level spinal injury and rely on items such as this to help me with everyday tasks, allowing me to retain my independence.
There are also aids to help with sports, gardening, DIY, kitchen activities, dressing, day to day living etc. I use a number of them on a daily basis to help me be independent so it's always worth checking out the website to see if they have something that may be of use.
Hi there, thanks for your post. Nothing wrong with the item you mentioned. I have found active hands to be well-made and worth the price. Except for the adaptive scissors they sell, and that's because they're made by someone else. As for gripping small items, for years I have been using a much cheaper solution. It's made from a simple white cuff you can buy anywhere, and a Norco cuff that features a tube of foam with some stretchy Velcro wrapped around it. I remove that Velcro and wrap it around the white cuff with my toothbrush inside. By adjusting the tension, I can turn the toothbrush by gripping it with my teeth, without it slipping out. Practice makes perfect, of course! And for a vote of confidence, my dentist says my oral hygiene is very good, especially considering my limitations.
I'm also including a couple of images of simple wrist splint which I use when I have to sign something. Putting a little wrap Velcro tape around the pen can help to hold it more steadily for a better signature. Of course, my signature still looks like that of a drunken 80 year-oldwith Parkinson's! But I'm doing it on my own which is priceless.
Hey, thanks for the explanation and the images, it certainly seems as though you've got a great system up and running! I must admit that I have used similar methods previously, such as sliding cutlery or a pen down my index finger in a pair of fingerless gloves, and they did work well enough. I think I just like the ease of use with the Active Hands small item aid, as I can switch between items in seconds using the velcro pads. But it's all individual preference really so whatever works best for you and gives you independence. And no matter what method I opt for, my signature is still all over the place, it's a miracle if I ever produce two in a row that match!