Based in Herefordshire, England, The Helping Hand Company is the World's largest manufacturer of Reaching Aids and Litterpickers. The company has been manufacturing these since 1955. Following a change of ownership in 1988, we have further developed our range of aids for daily living and pressure care products.
Symmetrikit and The Helping Hand Company: In 1996, Symmetrikit became part of the Helping Hand Company, bringing expertise in design & manufacturing of specialist seating for the most dependent clients. Since then, Symmetrikit have worked to develop the practice of 24 hour Postural management, introducing the Symmetrisleep concept in 1999.
In 1998 we also introduced our own range of mobile and overhead hoists, which are now marketed through our Symmetrikit team.
Currently 150 strong, the Helping Hand Company manufacture in both Ledbury (Herefordshire) and Tamworth (Staffordshire) and sell our products to 22 different countries.
Our UK customers are primarily Therapy & Care teams working in the Social Service, Health Authority as well the private and charitable sectors.
Our joint venture partners in the Netherlands, Innocare also specialise in the Symmetrikit range of chairs and sleep systems.
Design is important to us and we recognise that customers are always looking for improved style as well as function. This year alone we have already introduced a brand modular new range of Symmetrikit chairs; the Surefoot Bath/shower board – ‘clunk click fix’ guaranteed; Starlock – innovative technology delivering unprecedented positioning and stability in every cell, unlike any air cushion ever seen before.
Recent investments in warehousing and lean manufacturing mean that we can supply your Daily Living Aids requirements generally ex-stock. Symmetrikit chairs are now available within 3 weeks from order and we will shortly be able to supply in 8 working days- a definite first for the industry. Our positive stocking cushion scheme is popular with wheelchair services . We now have 25 authorities enjoying the convenience of immediate delivery for no stock investment and we have, this year, for the first time, successfully piloted this with slings.
IT investments mean that our sales managers can “design” chairs, specialist wheelchair cushions and sleep systems on line, shortening the administrative chain and eliminating errors. Soon Therapists will be able to log online and order direct.
We also have a team of 12 service engineers allowing us not only to provide an installation and maintenance service for hoists but they can also keep your seating stock in peak condition.
Our Brands and Trade marks that you may well recognise include The Helping Hand, Lowzone, Symmetrikit, Symmetrisleep and Cricket. We are pleased to represent H.Meyland-Smith of Aalborg, Denmark in promoting the Meywalk & Miniwalk in the UK.
The Helping Hand Company – British manufacturing for over 40 years; better by design; therapist approved; from a supplier of choice, with service you can trust.