Reaching Your GoalsBy Ryan, Laura A.; Cole, Maria H.; Rehab Management, Vol. 16, No. 7, pp. 42-46
Publication Date: August/September 2003
Article discussing a variety of low-tech adaptive equipment that can be used in performing daily activities, including reaching and grasping devices, dressing and grooming aids, and do-everything tools. The author describes the long-handled reacher as the most versatile form of adaptive equipment. The long-handled reacher can be used to pick things up from the floor as well as pluck lightweight objects from high shelves. Reachers are available that are lightweight, have adjustable length, forearm supports, and a lever-action trigger. Sock aids, shoehorns, and dressing sticks are inexpensive solutions for people with fine motor disabilities. Long-handled sponges are invaluable for grooming. Do-everything tools listed include cylindrical foam, which is inexpensive, and can be used to pick up utensils, tools, toothbrushes, and pens.
Published by: Ascend Media LLC (Website:http://www.ascendmedia.com)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J47082