Grab Bars / July 23, 2018 / Laura Endrizzi
Now and then we all need a little extra support. As we age it might not be as easy as it used to be to get up and down from chairs or beds. Sometimes we need to grab on to something to steady ourselves or have the confidence of getting up and down without stumbling. A fall resulting in a broken bone may be devastating with the results being no longer able to live independently in your own home. Not only do one out of three adults age 65 or older fall each year in the senior age group it is a leading cause of injury related death and the most common cause of non fatal injuries and hospital admissions. Style does not need to be sacrificed for safety solutions.
The older I get the more comfortable I am around grab bars and hand rails. Everyone young and old can agree the grab bars or hand railings are a definite advantage in the shower stall when washing your feet. But a long hallway or a large stair landing always stays safer with well mounted hand rails too. Grab Bar Installation Any grab bar or hand rail is only as safe as the backing it is anchored into. Backing is wood blocking or concrete installed behind the drywall plaster or finished shower walls such as fiberglass marble or cultured marble. The grab bar backing must be 2" by 6" blocks minim 6" long or two (2) layers of ¾" plywood minim 6"by 6" stacked glued and screw through the face of the drywall.
What can you do to have style function and safety in your bathroom without breaking the bank or a hip? One solution can be choosing decorative grab bars or increased safety bathroom accessories. Heres 5 steps to guide you through this process. Step 1 - Identify the features and benefits you need - Since these bars and accessories come in many sizes shapes and styles youll want to identify what features and benefits are most important to you. Some items to consider are: Choosing an ergonomic universal design- curved and rounded designs are easier to grip than straight designs. Also a research study done by the University of Buffalo determined a wave or curved designed bar was more ergonomic than a straight bar due to the angle of a bar when a person gripped the bar.