A grabber tool is something that no-one should be without. Yes, it’s useful if your strength isn’t what it should be, you can’t pick things up properly because of arthritis or an injured back, or you’ve just had surgery. But, do you realize that even able-bodied people can benefit? I expect you’ve seen people out in the street picking litter with one.
If you are already in your sunset years and you are finding it hard to stretch, stoop over or bend for one reason or the other, you may need to get a grabber tool for the elderly.
This is a tool that has been specifically designed to help people with mobility problems. It makes it possible for you to reach items from the ground without having to stoop or bend.
It can also be useful for people trying to reach things placed in high places. But where can you buy one and what should you consider when buying?
Where to buy a grabber tool?
The most obvious places to look initially are on the various online retailers and auctions sites. If nothing else you’ll get a feel for what’s available. Don’t forget to look on websites owned by disabled and seniors mobility equipment manufacturers ad charities too.
How to choose the best grabber tool for elderly?
What do you need a ‘grabber’ or a ‘reacher’ tool for? They can be used indoors or out, for picking things from the floor or high shelves. Basically, they’re used for little tasks that would otherwise require you to bend or stretch. And that’s something you find difficult to do.
Before you buy a grabber tool, there are several factors you need to consider. These are:
Outdoor or indoor
Most people think of grabbers as being a tool to help pick up dirty socks and suchlike. Have you thought you could use one in your garden? How many times have you seen a weed spoiling a flowerbed and wanted to pull it out, but couldn’t bend down to reach it?
A grabber is just the tool for the job. You can also buy garden hand tools with extended handles. Tools like a hand trowel and hand fork, but with long handles. Just perfect for rooting around in the soil.
If you’re going to spend good money on a tool to help you with your mobility, you want some kind of guarantee that it’s not going to break after a few days. Don’t automatically go for the cheapest product when you browse. You’ll get what you pay for, and what you want is something that’ll last and do exactly what you want it to.
Okay, a grabber is a jaw on the end of a pole operated by a trigger, isn’t it? Some items you’ll want to lift will be relatively heavy. Perhaps something like canned food. This means you don’t want the jaws to bend when you exert the added pressure on the trigger.
To put it simply, the tool must be able to handle average weights found in the home and the trigger must be able to withstand a person’s grip. If not, then it’s a waste of time. A good grabber tool should be made of aluminum as it is lightweight and noncorrosive.
Rotating or static jaw
Most grabbers have a jaw that remains in the same orientation throughout use. However, this isn’t always what you want. You may need to pick up a bottle of floor cleaner and rotate it so you can pour some into a bucket of water. This is when a rotating jaw is ideal. So. before you buy, consider the jobs that you might need to do with your grabber.
Some tools come with grippers that can rotate 360° while others can only rotate for 90°. There are still some models that will not rotate at all. If you want a versatile option, choose one with a jaw that rotates for 360°.
Suction cups or magnets
You may need to grip something smooth like glass. What better time to use your gripper jaw with the suction cups attached.
Maybe you’ve been sewing and you’ve dropped a pin on the carpet. This is obviously too small to grab with your gripper jaw and suction cups won’t do. So how about attached magnets? You can buy grippers for single applications or you can buy a tool with detachable jaws depending on the item to be gripped.
Foldable or One-piece
If you intend to use your gripper at home, then you’ll only need a one-piece pole. If however, you intend to go shopping or visit friends, it makes sense to have one that you can fold into manageable lengths to fit into your bag. Take your pick.
Best grabber tools for seniors
Now that you understand how to choose the right grabber tool, here are my top five options.
Ettore Grip’n Grab
If you are searching for a multipurpose grabber tool, you should consider the Ettore Grip’ n Grab. This is a tool that can be used effectively in the home as well as your yard. It can reach things that are on the ground, high up and in tight and narrow spaces.
- Made of lightweight aluminum with a plastic handle
- Rubberized jaw for holding even the smallest objects
- Rotates for 90°
- Can hold a maximum weight of 5 pounds
The grabber tool has a durable handle that is made of plastic and a coated palm grip for a firmer grip. This ensures that it doesn’t slip even when wet.
- Comfortable handle
- Strong and lightweight
- Cases of the soft grip wearing out have been reported
RMS Premium 5-Piece
If you are a senior who struggles to put on and remove your shoes and socks, you may want to consider the RMS Premium 5-Piece. The grabber comes with a dressing stick that assists you to put on your shirt, pull up your pants or skirt, put on shoes and help you to wear or remove socks.
- Comfortable grip handle
- Dressing stick of 28”
- Magnetic tip
- Soft rubber jaw to pick items in a secure way
- ‘S’ hooks to help put on clothes
- Sock aid
- Bath sponge
On top of picking items from the floor and other high places, this grabber that can handle a wide range of tasks such as loading a dishwashers bottom rack and picking ice cubes. It has a hooked pole that can prove very useful when the tool is dropped to the floor.
- An extended grabber of 32” enables you to reach faraway objects
- Magnetic tips help you pick smaller items
- Shoehorn is short
- Bath sponge doesn’t scrub well
RMS 2-Pack 32 Inch and 19 Inch
Many of the grabber tools for the elderly have a long handle that enables users to pick things at a distance. However, they are unsuitable for picking objects close to you. The one thing that sets the RMS 2-pack 32 inch and 19 inch apart is that it comes in a set of 2. One set is suitable for reaching distant objects while the other is suitable for closer objects.
- Rotating jaws
- Shaft made of lightweight, rust-free aluminum
- Long grabber of 32” for reaching far away objects
- Short grabber of 19” for reaching nearby objects
What is even better is that it has a gripper that is able to pick very little objects such as needles. It has a comfortable handle and a smooth trigger.
- Durable as it is made of rust-free aluminum
- Suitable for reaching far away and closer objects
- Easy to use
- Head that rotates in different directions
- Lifetime warranty
- Cases of objects slipping have been reported
TACKLIFE 30″ Long ReacherGrabber
The Tacklife 30’’ Long Reacher Grabber is one of the best grabber tools for the elderly as it helps them pick small items from the floor perfectly well. This is because it has a very strong magnet at its tip.
- Special design arm that adjusts to an angle of 45° degrees
- Head rotates to an angle of 90°
- Powerful magnetic tip
- Ability to handle objects of a maximum of 12 lbs
The tool is easy to operate as you need to do is to pull the trigger.
- Magnetic tip is effective for picking small objects such as keys
- Huge load material
- Ergonomic trigger
Vive Suction Cup Reacher Grabber
The Vve Suction Cup Reacher Grabber is another tool that provides great reach. It has suction cups that are mounted on pincer arms to hold items including the oddly-shaped ones such as bulbs.
- Suction cups
- Ergonomic trigger handle
- Made of corrosion-free aluminum
The grabber tool for the elderly is a good choice for reaching objects on high shelves, behind furniture, and in other tight spaces.
- Comfortable grip handle
- Durable and lightweight
- Suction cups enable you to change bulbs easily
- Easy to use
- Gripping strength is weak
- Suction cups make it hard to reach smaller objects
Bending problems are common among the elderly. If you find that you regularly strain to bend or even lift hands, you may want to get a grabber tool. With any of the above options, you will be able to reach objects without struggling.