How Seniors Can Use Lil Nipper to Gain Independence


Seniors can use Lil Nipper to gain independence and it is a growing need. Remember the last time you clipped your fingernails with that cold metal clipper sitting in your hand? Now imagine having arthritis. Your hands hurt and are so weak that you have trouble holding a coffee mug. How do you clip your fingernails now?

It’s very challenging.   

As the number of people over the age of 65 increases by 10,000 people every day, millions of seniors are looking for ways to age with dignity. And yet, many people struggle with arthritis, neurological issues, vision loss, or become disabled due to illness, disease, or an accident. Among the elderly:

  • 20 million struggle with arthritis
  • 1 in 3 suffer from age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts 
  • 3 million struggle with Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

You can see how among all these health issues one might struggle with, the need to feel independent is stronger than ever. That’s just one of the many reasons why we created nail clippers for seniors. We strive to give some independence back to those who have spent their lives taking care of themselves and others. 

Let’s explore how seniors can use Lil Nipper to gain back some of the independence they may have lost as they grew older.

Safety Concerns

When an elderly person can no longer use traditional nail clippers, these fingernail clipping alternatives may take place:

  • Biting nails (unsanitary, a pet peeve for many)
  • Asking for help from someone to clip them (loss of independence)
  • Battery-operated grinders or filers (two hands necessary, poor user experience, very messy)
  • Nail salon (expensive and not convenient)
  • Table-Top clippers that attach to a base (two hands necessary, non-effective for loss of strength, messy, unsophisticated)
  • One-handed nail clipper (difficult to control, prone to injury, requires strength)
  • Makeshift apparatus (one-offs that are often unsafe and not scalable)

As you can see, none of these live up to safety or sanitation standards. Lil Nipper comes with a safety shield that provides a safe continuous, clean clip, which makes it perfect for any senior. Those with weak or sore hands can use Lil Nipper with its easy-to-grip soft sides, and the device does all the work for you truly effortlessly. 

Use Cases

Physical limitations and ailments make it difficult for seniors to trim their nails. Things like:

  • Aches, pain, soreness, tiredness
  • Loss or limited strength, control, and dexterity in hands/arms to maintain nails
  • Skin is loose, thin, and weak, making it prone to bruises and cuts
  • The underneath skin grows further than normal (hyponychium)

With any one of these ailments (or even more than one), it’s very difficult to trim fingernails and toenails for seniors. There is a great fear of cutting themselves and a level of embarrassment to ask for help. If you or someone you know struggles with trimming nails for any of the reasons listed above, we designed Lil Nipper to combat all of these. It’s the perfect solution for seniors struggling to trim their nails.

Taking Care of Veterans

Veterans of all ages may have lasting injuries that make it challenging to trim their nails. If they are elderly, too, the challenge is even greater. Examples of physical injuries veterans may be living with include:

  • Burns/scarring
  • Broken bones
  • Shrapnel wounds
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of sight and hearing
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Limb loss

We need to take care of our veterans! Anyone who is living with these lasting injuries might find it challenging to make personal hygiene a priority when they can’t do it themselves. Lil Nipper was designed to be a simple, easy, and safe solution to clipping nails for seniors and veterans.

Keeping Their Independence

Do you have a grandma or grandpa who always complains when you try to help them with something simple or take something away out of safety concerns? They get defensive and stubbornly refuse you. It’s uncomfortable no longer being able to do things they’ve always done themselves, like drive, exercise, or, more simply, even clothe or bathe themselves. 

They feel like you’re taking away their independence by trying to enforce rules. They’ve been taking care of themselves (and maybe others) for so long that it’s foreign to them to accept help, especially from someone they helped raise. 

One way to give them some independence back is by giving them a Lil Nipper. It’s a simple yet impactful gesture that will make them feel heard. It’s so special to see the delight on someone’s face when they’ve gained back some freedom they feel they were about to lose. 

Take Gloria, for example: “I have arthritis in all my fingers, and this clipper helped me much. I used to struggle to cut my nails, and it took me a long time to do so. The clipper is so gentle in cutting, and I can control it the way I like. My nails feel so much more natural than when I cut them by hand.

Getting older comes with many challenges, but trimming fingernails and toenails shouldn’t be an issue. Lil Nipper is the perfect solution for those struggling with arthritis, loss of strength, or pain. It doesn’t stop disabled people from keeping some of their independence that others may try to take away. If you or someone you know could use the independence of cutting their nails, try Lil Nipper today.

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