Universal rod – use

Custom-designed rod enables persons with compromised arm/hand function to reach, retrieve and handle a number of different objects.

User picks up remote control unit
User picks up remote control unit

Description
The universal rod has many uses: to pick up objects (many of the user’s important objects have key rings attached), to reach and grasp objects that are in the back of a cabinet or on a table, to turn spareribs, to get magazines and paper, to wipe the floor with a towel or paper towel, to get something from the refrigerator, etc.; see also associated tips.
Sometimes when the user picks up a heavy object he first places it on a chair and then picks it up with his hand.

Users comments
Uses it for many purposes, every day, such as picking things up from the floor, a newspaper, a piece of fruit from a fruit bowl, a paper or a DVD.

How to make
Made from a piece of a fly fishing rod; must be tested individually for the user to get it to work.

Made by
User’s home services staff

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
The user

This tip is from 2006

User places remote control unit on chair
User places remote control unit on chair
User takes a paper from a shelf
User takes a paper from a shelf
Needle taped to end of rod (close-up)
Needle taped to end of rod (close-up)

Related tips

Universal rod – description
Universal rod – description
A specially designed universal rod to retrieve both light and heavy objects – suitable for persons with compromised arm/hand function.

Tipsare: Ragge

Ragge lives together with his wife in a house. He is developing ideas which make everyday life easier for himself and for others. He was injured in 1973 and has a high tetraplegia. He has homehelp 27 hours a week.