The Active Hands Company of Solihull at REHACARE 2017 in Düsseldorf -- REHACARE Trade Fair

The Active Hands Company

Unit 4, Rumbush Farm, 322A Rumbush Lane, Earlswood, B94 5LW Solihull
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Telephone +44 121 2479152, +44 7904 481830
Fax +44 870 1236371
info@activehands.com

Hall map

REHACARE 2017 hall map (Hall 5): stand H27.IV2

Fairground map

REHACARE 2017 fairground map: Hall 5

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Daily living aids (household, nutrition) and clothing
  • 01.07  Cutlery, eating aids
  • 01  Daily living aids (household, nutrition) and clothing
  • 01.10  Tin and bottle openers

Tin and bottle openers

  • 01  Daily living aids (household, nutrition) and clothing
  • 01.19  Grip adapters and grip attachments
  • 04  Aids for children
  • 04.14  Therapy systems for kids

Therapy systems for kids

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.01  Walking aids
  • 07.01.07  Accessories for walking aids

Accessories for walking aids

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.12  Wheelchair components and accessories

Wheelchair components and accessories

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.20  Equipment for bicycles

Equipment for bicycles

  • 11  Physical training, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • 11.03  Excercise therapy

Excercise therapy

  • 11  Physical training, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • 11.04  Equipment for movement, strenght-training and balance-training

Equipment for movement, strenght-training and balance-training

Our products

Product category: Grip adapters and grip attachments

General Purpose gripping aid

Durable and versatile

General Purpose gripping aids are essential for a wide range of tasks – at home, in the gym or out and about. Whether you’ve had a stroke, suffered a spinal injury or have any condition which reduces your hand function, our aids could unlock any number of activities for you:

  • Working out in the gym (e.g. holding free weights, using a rowing machine)
  • Playing on the Nintendo Wii
  • DIY at home (using a saw or hammer)
  • Holding a pool or snooker cue
  • Rowing or Kayaking
  • Gardening
  • Holding a glass or bottle

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Product category: Grip adapters and grip attachments, Equipment for movement, strenght-training and balance-training

Active Hands Gym Pack

A great value bundle, our Gym Pack packages together three pairs of our most popular aids to unlock a whole range of gym equipment for you, plus a stylish gym bag to store them all in. Saving you more than £25 (€30/$35) compared to buying the aids individually, the pack includes:

  • One Pair of General Purpose gripping aids (ideal for holding free weights, using a rowing machine).
  • One Pair of Looped exercise aids (designed for solo use, to easily slide on and off your exercise machine).
  • One Pair of Heavy Use Gripping Wraps (providing comfort and grip when lifting free weights).
  • Stylish drawstring Gym Bag with “Get a Grip” slogan*.
  • Our gym packs are available in small, standard or large gripping aid sizes.

“I’ve just bought the gym pack which I used yesterday at the spinal unit gym. Great design and quality finish – I’m 30 years post injury c6 tetra. I have used lots of products during this time, but none as good as these.” - Rachel Knowles

Active Hands aids are both kind to the skin and made to last. Built from tough webbing and comfortable but durable neoprene (wet suit material) they’re designed to withstand regular use, even for strenuous activities. All aids are machine washable.

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Product category: Tin and bottle openers

One Touch Can Opener

The One Touch Can Opener is a must for those with weak hand function. No more struggling with fiddly can openers, you just place the One Touch Can Opener on top of the tin can, press the button and let the machine do the rest! There is a magnet on the bottom of the Can Opener so the lid comes off with the Can Opener.

The One Touch Can Opener is available in black only.

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Product category: Cutlery, eating aids

Cutlery Grips

These anti slip cutlery grips are a set of 2 grips designed to fit virtually any dining utensils, and a lot of other household items too, such as pencils, pens, toothbrushes and more.

The soft, silicone handle is large in size and textured to help enhance grip for the user. The large grip will help ease pressure on joints, allowing daily tasks to be performed without discomfort or pain.

The cutlery grips are fully washable and long lasting, perfect for use in domestic, care and clinical environments to help maintain an independent lifestyle.

This product is the cutlery grips only: the knife and fork are for illustrative purposes only and are not sold with this product.

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Product category: Grip adapters and grip attachments

Jar Opener

This silicone rubber jar opener makes opening jars much easier, allowing the user to attain a good, comfortable grip without applying too much pressure, therefore causing far less discomfort to joints.

The rubber jar opener is non toxic due to its silicone rubber construction, which means it can be used in kitchens and clinical areas.

The complete surface of the jar opener allows it to be used on other objects with an uncomfortable surface, such as taps, so they can be gripped and operated efficiently.

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Product category: Cutlery, eating aids

Anti-Slip Coaster

This anti slip circular coaster offers excellent levels of grip for objects, and can be used either as a mat, or coaster, depending on your need.

The circular coaster will adhere to a surface with no trouble, but can also be removed easily with no residue left behind. Its construction allows this due to the natural properties of silicone.

Great for use in kitchens and hospitals, due to silicone being non toxic, and can also be washed time and time again, in the dishwasher if you so choose to, and they will not perish.

The coaster is 14cm in diameter and comes in blue.

Why not get a coaster to go with the jar opener? The coaster will help to hold the jar steady while you use the opener.

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Product category: Tin and bottle openers

Bottle Opener

This silicone rubber bottle opener makes opening small containers easy for people with impairments to strength of grip. The bottle opener will allow you to achieve a comfortable grip on twist top bottle caps or other small containers, and will reduce the amount of effort required to twist them open.

The rubber bottle opener is made from a silicone rubber that is non-toxic and safe for using in home, office, care and institutional environments.

The silicone rubber bottle opener will help people who struggle with opening bottles.

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Product category: Grip adapters and grip attachments

Table Top Scissors – Adult

NEW: the adult scissors now come with a handy, clear pencil case – great for keeping your pens and your scissors in!

Our Push Down Table Top Scissors are easy to use, simply requiring a pushing down action on the “T” shaped handle.  The spring will automatically reopen the scissors once the pressure is released.

The scissors can be used either by maintaining the paper in a fixed position and “scooting” the scissors along with each cutting action; or by keeping the scissors stable (an anti-slip mat can help with this) and moving the paper towards the scissors.

Key Features
NEW! Hidden spring: This is now integral to the blade and not visible whilst still providing the same self-opening action

Large “T” shaped handles: Designed for use on table-top to give good stability and leverage

High quality stainless steel blade: Provides longevity and cuts through paper with ease

Blade guard: Fixes over the blades to provide safe storage

ADULT SIZE = 75mm pointed.

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Product category: Grip adapters and grip attachments

Card Holder

Ideal for use by people who have poor grip, the playing card holder consists of two plastic discs held together by a spring. Once sorted, the card holder will then grip the cards throughout the game, in suit, run or colour.

Playing cards not included.

HOW TO USE:
Once cards have been dealt, stack them together. Next insert between the two blue wheels. Using light pressure on the blue wheels, rotate them in opposing directions. The card holder will display the cards in a perfect fan.

Key Features
  • Light weight
  • Doesn’t fatigue the user
  • Holds up to 14 cards
  • Suitable for many types of card game
  • Fans and grips cards
  • Retains cards in chosen order

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Product category: Cutlery, eating aids

S’up Spoon

The S’up Spoon is designed to reduce spillage, promote social interaction and allow a wider diet for those with shaky hands.

The spoon has a cavity in the handle that acts as a holding point for food, designed to reduce spillage even with vigorous or shaky movements.

The spoon enables those with shaky hands to eat a wider variety of food, including loose and liquid based food such as soup, rice or ice-cream.

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Product category: Cutlery, eating aids

All-purpose Knife

This all-purpose knife has a fantastic design with the handle set at a right-angle to the blade. This gives those with hand function weakness a better grip and eases strain on the wrist.

The thick handle has a brightly coloured, non-slip, soft-feel section that gives you a better grip.

The knife can be used with our General Purpose gripping aid to give you independence in the kitchen. Our gripping aid can give you a firm and safe grip on the knife.

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Product category: Cutlery, eating aids

Bread Knife

his bread knife has a fantastic design with the handle set at a right-angle to the blade. This gives those with hand function weakness a better grip and eases strain on the wrist.

The thick handle has a brightly coloured, non-slip, soft-feel section that gives you a better grip.

The knife can be used with our General Purpose gripping aid to give you independence in the kitchen. Our gripping aid can give you a firm and safe grip on the knife.

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Product category: Grip adapters and grip attachments

Limb Difference gripping aid

Durable and versatile

The Limb Difference gripping aid is designed for users who have a limb difference affecting their hands or fingers.  This may include those with dysmelia (conditions from birth), or those who have sustained a limb difference through amputation, injury or illness later in life. Our Limb Difference gripping aid is perfect for those who have some or all of their fingers, or parts of their hand, missing. 

If you are struggling with grip, the Limb Difference aid can be used for a wide variety of activities such as accessing equipment in the gym, kitchen or garden, holding the handlebars of a bike or for rowing or kayaking. They are strong enough to be used for weight lifting.

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Company news

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Sep 18, 2017

New Limb Difference gripping aid launches from The Active Hands Company

The Active Hands Company is the go-to place for people with hand function disabilities.  Born out of Rob Smith’s frustration at his own poor hand function and strength, following his spinal cord injury in 1996, Active Hands sells gripping aids and other ‘handy’ products all over the world.  It has enabled a wide range of people to lead active and independent lives and to access activities that without our gripping aids would be impossible.  Our gripping aids have helped those with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, MS, stroke survivors and many other disabilities.  From Paralympians and injured military personnel, to leisure users and children; Active Hands has made a huge difference to the lives of many.

Alongside our gripping aids, we run a bespoke design service and it was through this that several customers contacted us with limb difference.  As our general purpose aids work by pulling fingers onto the item to hold it, those without fingers found this didn’t work effectively enough for them.  After working closely with them, we knew that our new aid would be of benefit to a wider audience.  So, following careful consideration and trials by an excellent team of testers, we are excited to launch our new Limb Difference gripping aid.                         

This gripping aid is designed for users who have a limb difference affecting their hands or fingers.  This may include those with dysmelia (conditions from birth), or those who have sustained a limb difference through amputation, injury or illness later in life.  Our Limb Difference gripping aid is perfect for those who have some or all of their fingers, or parts of their hand, missing.  As long as you have at least some widening at your wrist in order to transfer the pulling force when using the gripping aids to an anchor point around your wrist, our grip should work for you. 

The Limb Difference gripping aid can be used for a wide range of activities.  Sarah Baptist is an occupational therapist with a hand disability. This is how the limb difference aid has made an impact on her gym workout:
 “The aid has provided me with additional confidence when using new pieces of equipment requiring two hands. I now have a larger variety of machines I can use at the gym.  Having a choice makes all the difference when you’re bored of the same gym routine because it’s your only option.”

Rufus is a 9-year-old boy with a limb difference that means he is missing all fingers on his right hand.  Like most 9-year old boys Rufus wanted to be able to ride his bike, but he was unable to hold onto the handlebars.  We asked him what difference the Limb Difference aid made to him:
“This aid gave me confidence when riding my bike, it let me hold the handlebars with both hands at the correct length.”

The limb difference aid consists of a strap that secures around the wrist with Velcro, a palm strap that holds the item and a larger strap that goes over the back of the hand to secure your grip. The gripping aid is both kind to the skin and made to last. Built from tough webbing and comfortable but durable neoprene (wet suit material) it’s designed to withstand regular use, even for strenuous activities.

The limb difference aid removes the need for specialist or adapted equipment.  With no need to use a prosthetic or to adapt all of the equipment you wish to use, you can easily access, for example, a high street gym and use all of their standard equipment.  Our gripping aid is ideal for workouts (and with that in mind, is fully machine washable), but can also be used to grip DIY equipment, kitchen implements or gardening tools.    

If limb difference is holding you back from an active and independent lifestyle, take a look at our new Limb Difference gripping aid and let us help you to ‘get a grip’.

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About us

Company details

Our mission is to help people achieve more active and inclusive lives – giving them independent access to a variety of activities that would be impossible without Active Hands gripping aids.

The Active Hands Story
Hi, my name is Rob Smith. I am a Director of the Active Hands Company and the designer of our gripping aids. In 1996 I was a twenty year old student studying Mechanical Engineering at Warwick University. During a holiday with friends I fell down a cliff and suffered a high-level spinal cord injury which left me with partial paralysis in all four limbs. After spending nine months in a Salisbury spinal rehabilitation unit I was able to return to University as a disabled student to complete my degree course.

My injury was an incomplete injury (the spinal cord was not completely severed) so I am able to stand and to walk very short distances using crutches, however, I use a wheelchair for many day-to-day activities. It was hard to come to terms with the restricted movement in my lower body but I began to realise that it was actually the frustration of having very poor function and strength in my hands that restricted my life much more. Although I was able to find suitable equipment to overcome my mobility issue, I just could not find anything that enabled me to overcome my grip problems. Activities that were easy before my injury were now completely unavailable to me as my hand function would not allow me to do them. It was at this point that I began designing gripping aids to enable me to grasp hold of my independence again.  I began working with my mum on her sewing machine to try and solve some of these gripping issues. After a number of prototypes and some experimentation and testing with different methods, materials and designs we came up with the basic designs which have developed into the core of the Active Hands Gripping aids we sell today.

The products were initially designed for my personal use but some of the people that I played wheelchair rugby with saw me using them in the gym and showed an interest in obtaining a pair. At this point we realised that we had the potential to help more people with hand function disabilities and we decided to set up the Active Hands Company. Our General Purpose gripping aid was our first product. It is the most versatile of our products and can be used for gripping objects in the gym; outdoors, such as for kayaking or biking; in the house (for cleaning and doing DIY); in the garden and kitchen; and for activities such as snooker or holding Nintendo Wii controllers. New uses for our gripping aids are being discovered all the time.

As time went on we developed new products and gained knowledge of other disability groups who could also benefit from our gripping products.  In 2008 Active Hands became a Limited Company and we now sell direct to end users all over the world via our website and through resellers in other countries all around the world.

We are still a family owned and run business and we pride ourselves in the quality of our products, our knowledge of the issues faced by those with grip problems and our customer service.

Personally I have been involved in disability sport for many years including playing at a high level in wheelchair rugby and now as a team GB T52 Wheelchair racer. We understand the training and levels to which our products need to perform to enable users to push themselves to the limit to achieve these levels of performance.

Our mission is to reach and help more and more people with hand function disabilities to enable them to take part in numerous activities as independently as possible. We pride ourselves in working with those with hand functions across a wide spectrum of disabilities and activity levels from Paralympic gold medal winners to leisure gardeners and from injured military personnel to small children. We know from our own experience how frustrating a lack of hand function can be. Hopefully with Active Hands helping you, you can overcome many of those frustrations enabling you to do activities that you previously thought were impossible. Who knows what you could achieve…

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