Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)


Tools to pick up items

What does it do?

Reachers help people who need help picking up and getting items that are otherwise out of reach in high or low places. Reachers can be used to pick up pills, pencils, paper, shampoo bottles, socks and many other household items.

What kinds of reachers are there?

Standard All-Purpose Reachers

Classic reachers have a variety of lengths, from 24 to 34 inches. They usually hold items between 1-5 pounds and the opening of the jaw can range from approximately 3 to 4.5 inches.

Raptor Reacher

This reacher is particularly low cost and light weight and can grab large and small items including coins, newspapers, clothing and cans.

Omnigrip Reacher

This option requires very little hand strength to operate.

Talon Grip Reacher

This 32 inch reacher has three claws instead of two and is easy to squeeze. The jaw of this reacher opens 5.5 inches so it is a great option for picking up items that are hard to grab with standard reachers.

Other Reachers

Some reachers are foldable for travel or storage. They might come with other features such as a flashlight or magnet on the end.

Black and white icon of a reacher tool

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

reacher, lightweight reachers, grabber, ergonomic reacher, trigger handle reacher

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


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Alanna Raffel

Alanna Raffel is an occupational therapist. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute rehab, outpatient pediatrics, early intervention, and schools. She is passionate about accessibility and loves discovering and making new tools that promote independence. Alanna enjoys making assistive technology using her sewing machine and 3D printer.

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