About Us

In 2014 while preparing for our family's annual Ranch Party in Simi Valley, California, I was having a difficult time gripping onto my broom because of the arthritis in my thumbs, and sweep after sweep it only became more painful. As a lifelong cowgirl I hated to think that simply sweeping out my own barn may become a thing of the past. So with my family due to arrive shortly, I grabbed some duct tape, made a loop across the broom's handle and slipped my hand inside. I was surprised at how effortless it felt having this little bit of support over the back of my hand allowing me to maintain control of the broom with minimal grip and a lot less pain.

Later I told my sisters about having to tape my hand to the broom, and while it gave us all a good laugh, we realized that this really was no laughing matter. There was a huge population on the horizon of aging baby boomers with arthritis and grip issues trying to stay active and engaged in life. We decided right there to innovate a new grip aid. Little did we know that there was a huge special needs community of children who needed this long overdue problem solver as well. So with great excitement for our new idea, my sisters and I jumped into designing and making prototypes the very next day.

We did have some knowledge of the assistive devices on the market and particularly how they'd not changed in 40 years. They were made of hard plastic, leather, elastic, and scratchy Velcro; all were neither sanitary nor adaptable. We knew that ours should be soft, comfortable, hygienic, and most importantly, super adaptable. We decided to use silicone which had just those qualities. 

the mellin sisters, inventors of EazyHold universal cuff grip assist

The kitchens in our homes became our workshops, and in between our "real" jobs (Merrily - the director of early educational facilities, Wendy - an artist and chef, Kerry - a costume designer) we carefully sculpted clay models, made molds and learned it takes a delicate technique to mix, color, pour and cure temperamental silicone. After a pretty steep learning curve, we had prototyped 20 different sizes and styles and had made 1,000 samples to trial before launching.

With boots on the ground and free samples in tow, we got to work visiting therapy centers, and hospitals. Though we have no medical backgrounds or degrees, we tirelessly tried to set up appointments with therapists, and though the receptionists were fascinated by our idea, they had no protocol to fit us in.  When met with that challenge, we began to camp out in the hallways and lunchrooms until we saw a therapist walk by and then ambushed them, prototypes in hand to demonstrate how much more effective and hygienic our simple universal cuffs were compared to the devices they'd been using for so many years.

We continued to drop off samples to professionals throughout Southern California. We sent them out for trials at educational facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, to the parents of special needs children we connected with, and showed our product at local disability expos.

The response we received was profound. Every therapist and parent we showed our straps to instantly recognized the value of our product and wondered why this hadn't been invented before. We began getting requests and invitations from all over the country to send more samples and to demonstrate our product to the therapists and nurses on staff at hospitals and schools.

The word of mouth from parents of special needs children was also loud and clear as news traveled that there was a grip assist small enough for children's hands and that it worked effortlessly. We received messages like "my daughter has been able to draw her first Valentine's Day card" and "my son is able to hold his own bottle and spoon to self feed for the first time"; incredible testimonials were filling our inboxes as well as our hearts!

What very simply started as a way to help people with arthritis like my sisters and I have, quickly evolved into so much more. In visiting hospitals, therapy, and pediatric centers, we've found that our EazyHolds have become invaluable for those with cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, Rett syndrome, stroke, limb loss and other conditions that limit a person’s grip. Our little straps, born out of necessity, are quickly becoming a staple in care facilities and schools and homes, not only here in the states but all around the globe.

We've met so many wonderful people along the way, and are truly grateful for the opportunity to create a product to enable the most common denominator of a fulfilled life: the ability to do for one’s self with dignity, self esteem and the independence that all human beings seek and deserve.

Here's to your well being!
Merrily, Wendy and Kerry Mellin

EazyHold is now a proud member of Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America

Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America

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