A pick up tool works like an extension of the arm by allowing individuals to reach things they might not normally be able to reach. With a squeeze of the “trigger,” individuals can grab onto things as large as a bottle of soda or as small as a toothpick. The pick up tool (commonly used for volunteer litter clean up crews) can retrieve things from high places or from the ground and make doing household chores and duties much easier for those with limited mobility.
In the Kitchen
The reach tool can be extremely beneficial in the kitchen, because individuals can use it to retrieve things from top shelves without having to use a ladder or step stool. Not only does it increase safety, but it prevents individuals from having to rely on others to get a glass or dish from the top shelf. With the pick up tool, those with limited mobility can obtain ingredients, dishes, and other items from top shelves, as long as they can squeeze the trigger on the reach tool.
In the Garden or Yard
Gardening or outdoor time shouldn’t be limited for those who have limited mobility simply because they can’t do all the things they once could. The pick up tool can help them take down and replace bird feeders and hanging garden ornaments, and it can even let them pick up garbage from the ground in their yard. Because the reach tool is so precise, individuals can pick flowers with it! It can make gardening fun again for those who are confined to a wheel chair, or those who can’t bend or climb anymore.
At the Store
Pick up tools can even be useful on the go. Individuals with limited mobility or those confined to a wheel chair or power scooter can use the reach tool even during their grocery shopping. With the pick up tool, they can get items from higher shelves that they might not normally be able to reach, all without having to ask for assistance. It is even possible to use it to place smaller items on the conveyor belt at the checkout line. It’s a great benefit for those who don’t like to ask for help but usually must.
Other Benefits of a Pick Up Tool
There are other ways in which a reach tool can be beneficial for individuals with limited mobility. It can be used at the office to reach things that are otherwise inaccessible, and it can be used in volunteering situations to help reach items or pick up items that the individual otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach. The largest benefit of the pick up tool is the independence it returns to individuals that have limited mobility. With its use, they don’t have to rely on others to perform tasks that they couldn’t otherwise do themselves.