This is an elegant design with no moving parts. It is an open wire loop mounted to vertical posts & a stable base, which may need to be clamped or heavily weighted.
The user needs to be able to take a glove & stretch the cuff over the loop. It can be done all at once if you have the finger strength, or can be done in three steps, fold the cuff over each of the 2 corners where the loop wire is bent down & attaches to the vertical posts & then finally stretch the cuff over the closed part of the loop. It also may require some practice depending on the user.
Glove Solution | VA | Part 1
Since I made this jig, I have been working on some refinements to improve consistency. We found that it requires a little practice to make sure the glove thumb faces the open side of the loop & sometimes if you put the cuff on too deep the glove can get a bit tangled. I am working on adding some plastic guides that help reduce that problem.
Glove Solution | VA | Part 2
The smaller the user’s hand & larger gloves make it much easier. The size of the loop is important. Too large & it is hard to get the glove onto it. Too small & it is harder to get your hand into it.
Glove Solution | VA | Part 3
Of course, having dry hands in helpful. Some gloves come out of the box tightly squashed together making it harder to get your hand into it. Shaking the glove before putting it on the loop sometimes helps. Blowing into them can be helpful but can also introduce moisture from one’s breath making the rubber stick to your hands.
You are welcome to use or share this design. It was developed here by John Allen staff OT, Ronnie Childs fabricator, & myself in Richmond, Va at DARS Rehab Engineering.
I am also working with 2 VCU students, seniors in Bio Medical Engineering to build a dynamic glove jig that will assist the user by stretching the glove cuff open to make placing the glove on the jig faster & easier as well as getting your hand in since it can stretch the opening wider than most users could do with one hand.
For additional information on this fabrication contact Tom Rybak via email - Tom.Rybak@dars.virginia.gov.
Virginia Dept for Aging and Rehabilitation Services
Glove Solution | VA | Part 4