Active Hands have launched a brand new gripping aid to help people with limited hand and finger function to tackle everyday tasks like toothbrushing, using makeup brushes, writing or accessing art equipment.

The Small Item gripping aid comes in two parts: a neoprene glove and a Velcro-backed palm pad with clamp. This unique design means that items clamped in the palm pad can be placed into the glove at any angle, making a wide range of activities accessible. Those with reduced hand function are able to hold pens upright, a toothbrush sideways or a mascara wand at just the right tilt. It has been used with great success during art classes where participants were able to paint on an easel or use a drawing board with comfort and confidence. As with all Active Hands products, it is designed to be used with little or no finger strength.

The clamp mechanism can be easily opened and closed to switch between items.  Alternatively, additional palm pads can be purchased, enabling users to pre-load commonly used items and simply switch between the palm pads without having to remove the glove each time. In this way, the aids can promote greater autonomy in many aspects of daily living. Pens and pencils can be left clamped in a palm pad on a desk or in a pencil case, ready for work or school. For artistic activities, several paintbrushes can be clamped in separate palm pads to switch between colours more easily. At home, the Small Item Aid is ideal for items such as make-up brushes, toothbrushes, razors etc, enabling users to have far more independence over their own personal care.

Director of Active Hands, Rob Smith explains, “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. We offer a wide range of solutions for the frustrations of daily living as well as fantastic solutions to getting active.   

“This new product delivers an effective solution to completing fine-motor activities with reduced grip; something our customers have been asking for. We are confident that its unique design and quality finish will meet the high standards our customers have come to expect from us and that it will quickly become a key item in our range of gripping solutions. We are excited to launch this product to customers this Autumn and to hear of the many ways in which this gripping aid will enable them to lead full, active and independent lives.

The Small Item gripping aid has been developed out of many years of feedback from customers who have enjoyed our wide range of gripping items and were looking for something to support them in fine-motor activities. In our preliminary testing we have received very positive feedback and we are excited to launch this Small Item gripping aid at the OT Show, Birmingham in November.

User Brenda Besos, commented: The gripping aids can allow me to do countless activities. Make up, brushing my teeth, as well as drawing or painting on a canvas with watercolours, being able to use some cooking utensils, grooming my small dog by attaching his brush to the gripping aid, I can attach a lint roller to tidy up my clothes…it holds pretty much anything that has a smooth handle. Pre-loading [several] palm pads definitely made it easier and is what I will do every time I use it because the items will just be ready for me to grab and use immediately.”

The gripping aid will retail for £49.95 and is available in both small and standard/large sizes.  Packs of 2 additional palm pads will retail for £24.95.  For more information about our new gripping aid, or any of the products in our range, visit our website at www.activehands.comor email

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