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Maddak's All-Out Universal Opener Provides Better 'Out of Package' Experience

The pain and discomfort caused by arthritis and other hand limitations can often make opening basic everyday food packages and containers difficult if not impossible. Kathleen Hanek, Director of Product Management for Maddak Inc., manufacturer of Ableware® Aids for Daily Living, told us "Many people with arthritis or diminished hand strength lack the dexterity needed to easily and painlessly open packaged food items and bottles. While these tasks may seem relatively mundane, they are something most of us need to do on a daily basis and the inability to do so can greatly compromise a person's ability to live independently. The All-Out Opener makes these tasks easier while taking the pain and frustration out of the equation."

The All-Out Opener is an ergonomically designed multi-functional device that provides the added leverage needed to open most prepackaged food items. According to Hanek, "The hand rest resembles a computer mouse and distributes the forces and pressure on the hand to minimize cramping and pain, while the T-shaped handle on top allows a person to use the opener with little or no gripping strength. And, the overall shape accommodates several different grasping positions making it easy for the user to find the method that feels and works best for them."

The All-Out Opener can be used to open various types of packaged foods and bottles. It features a blunt V-shaped prong to open box tops with glue-sealed flaps like those commonly used for cereal and pasta, a hook on the back to lift pull-tabs on cans and to poke through cellophane covered food trays, a twist-cap bottle opener and a church key/slotted opener for non-twist off (crimped) caps.

The All-Out Universal Opener, item 75339-0000, is one-size-fits-all and has a suggested retail price of $11.95. For additional product information go to

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