One of the most helpful products I have ever used is a reacher tool. Also called a reacher or reacher grabber this tool was helpful when I was walking and is helpful now that I use a wheelchair.
Once I had trouble standing back up after bending over, a relative of mine got me a golden retriever reacher. This was so helpful for picking up things I would drop or picking up clothes off the floor or getting things out of the dryer. It made life so much easier.
I’ve used several different types of reachers and reacher tools and many of them are great. Some, not so much. So check out the links above to find some reacher reviews and recommendations.
In any case a great reacher can make independent living much more pleasant and definitely possible.