The Sock Helper

As I grow older, the refrain from my life's theme song seems to be "bendin' down is hard to do" (sung, of course, to the tune of "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do," by Neil Sedaka).

So, I suspect whether your reaction to this sock helper to the left is "stupid" or "genius" largely depends on your age. Random Good Stuff has the larger pic:

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I'm an Occupational Therapist, and I use the sock aid the same way April does. So many of my patients are thankful that they can put their own socks on! There are lots of different types of sock aids, and I'm sure the original inventor is rolling in dough from all the sock aids that are in use right now.
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I work in Occupational Therapy, and things like sock aids, reachers, long handled shoehorns, and long handled sponges are indispensable for patients who have had a hip replaced. Hip replacement patients are not allowed to bend more then 90° at the hip for at least 3 months. That is a lot of time sitting around not only without socks, but pants and underwear. The sock aids I use look different then this one. With the one I use, you don't have to bend over at all. I teach not only hip patients, but stroke, knee, etc. how to get dressed every day.
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When I was pregnant with both my kids, this would have come in very handy, although sock usage does reduce to "only when necessary" when you're pregnant!
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Not only the elderly, anyone with limited range of motion or many physical disabilities benefits from things like this. You can find a lot of other unusual but helpful items on sites like pattersonmedical dot com.
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