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Every once in a while, a disability-related product appears on the market, gaining market share from the ground, up, via word-of-mouth testimonials and recommendations among consumers. TeleStik, a different kind of “reacher,” is one of those products.

Now, everyone knows that “reachers” are nothing new – you know, the 24”-long poles, with a squeeze trigger on one end, and an alligator-type jaw on the other, allowing wheelchair users to pick up items just beyond reach. However, traditional reachers have inherent limitations, requiring dexterity to squeeze a trigger, as well as being large and cumbersome. The TeleStik system overcomes these limitations, featuring compactness, while requiring little dexterity or strength to operate.

As a complete reaching system, the TeleStik consists of two devices, both based around a grip handle (a quad-cuff option is available, as well), and a super-strong telescoping rod that extends from 8” to 34” or anywhere in-between. On the end of the first of the two TeleStik tools is a magnet and hook. The magnet allows the retrieval of metal objects – as in dropped keys, a stapler across the desk, etc. – up to 1 pound. The additional feature built into the magnetic TeleStik is a hook, allowing the retrieval of clothing and such.

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The second device in the system features a reusable “adhesive” pad that sticks to objects – set the pad on an object for 2 seconds, it adheres, then allows you to lift objects up to 1 pound, such as a dropped television remote. When the adhesive pad begins losing its tack, simply wash it to restore full effectiveness.

At only 8” long retracted, the TeleStik tools fit easily just about anywhere, from an armrest pouch to a shirt pocket. The TeleStik set retails direct on their web site, www.TeleStik.com, for $29.95, or individually for $15.95 (adhesive tool), and $14.95 (magnet/hook), all with a 30-day, money-back guarantee.

If you use a reacher, you might follow the consumer buzz, and give TeleStik a try.

Published 6/09, Copyright 2009, WheelchairJunkie.com