Single-handed tools: What tools are available for individuals who only have the use of one hand?
What tools are available for individuals who only have the use of one hand?
Products mentioned in our answer below are provided to inform you about the types of technologies available and have not been evaluated by CanAssist. They may or may not be appropriate in your particular situation.
A variety of single-handed tools are designed to help an individual complete day-to-day tasks and regain their independence when it comes to cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. Here are some examples:
- (at SeniorsStore) is designed to allow individuals with one-handed capabilities complete food preparation tasks. The board has a suction cup base to provide stability, spikes to hold foods for slicing or peeling, a chef’s knife, and two raised corner pieces to hold bread for spreading. This product costs about $60 (Cdn) plus a shipping fee.
- (at amazon.ca) is a grating and slicing device designed to be clamped to a countertop or table to allow easier grating. The grater comes with three stainless steel barrels to grate foods fine, medium or coarse. This product costs about $70 (Cdn) plus an additional shipping fee.
- A pan holder uses a suction cup base to hold the handle of a pot or pan from moving while stirring or moving contents on a stovetop. The (at The Wright Stuff) and (at Elder Store) are two examples and cost about $12 to $20 (U.S.) plus additional shipping fees.
- (at Elder Store) uses a suction base to hold the vegetable scrubber, allowing easy vegetable cleaning. The (at SimpyGoodStuff) provides a similar design but with more suction cups for added stability. These devices cost about $9 to $11 (U.S.) plus an additional shipping fee.
- (at Performance Health) can adjust between 3/8 and 2 inches to fix itself to the countertop or table to allow easy peeling for the user. This device costs about $40 (U.S.) plus additional shipping fees.
- (at Elder Store) is a thin woven fabric designed to create a stable and secure base for plates, cups, bowls and cutlery on any smooth, dry surface, such as a countertop or table. This item costs about $50 (U.S.) for a roll.
- , by Bios Medical (at Staples Canada). To use this product, you simply place the device on top of the can, press the button and the can opens in seconds. This device costs about $35 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee.
- KitchenAid Mini Food Processor with Dual Speed (at Walmart) is lightweight and can process or chop a wide variety of foods. This device costs about $80 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee
- such as (at amazon.ca) and (at amazon.ca) use a suction cup base to allow cleaning for glassware or crockery easily. These products range from $12 to $60 (Cdn) plus additional shipping fees.
- Upright brooms and dustpans are capable of easily sweeping debris into the dustpan with minimal effort of holding the dustpan. Brooms and dustpans are available through online retailers such as , , and and cost about $12 to $60 (Cdn) plus additional shipping fees. Upright dustpans without the broom are also available through , , and and these products range in price from $20 to about $160 (Cdn) plus additional shipping fees.
- The (at amazon.ca) spins and wrings its mop head through a foot pedal on the bucket, freeing the user from using both hands. This product costs about $40 (Cdn) plus a shipping fee.
If your mother interested in any other one-handed tools, thehas a wide variety of other tools designed for individuals with use of one arm or hand.
Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.