Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
As our eyesight changes it is harder to see these barriers and they can truly become a safety issue especially when using a walker or cane to assist in mobility. Home builders have certainly come to realize the importance of the features mentioned above and incorporate some of these into their new home construction. But there are issues outside the home that should be considered as just as important: * Distance to stores or health care offices Lawn care and snow removal * Gates or fences for privacy and protection * Sidewalks or other hard surface areas around the neighborhood * Access to public transportation or availability of other transportation options As we age our ability to take care of and protect ourselves and our property and our capability to travel to stores health care entertainment and other locations all begin to change as time passes. If we can think about some of these issues now before they cause difficulty then the transition to aging in place becomes much less stressful.
If you install on or two bars on each side the problem is eliminated. Dont worry - grab bars come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that you can fit them in even the tightest spaces to lean on or even in front your toilet so that you can grab onto it and pull yourself up. If the idea of putting smooth metal in your hands doesnt make you feel any safer you can pick up attachments that allow for a better more firm grip. Grab bars can go anywhere they dont have to be in your bathroom but it definitely helps if you need that kind of assistance. If you need one in your kitchen feel free to put it there - these items screw into the wall and once theyre in there they wont be coming out any time soon. If you are worried that they will be ugly and not match your tasteful décor try looking for ones that are brushed bronze or even ones that are ornate enough to suit your homes style.
Who really wants their shower or bathroom to look like a hospital room or somebodys grandmother lives there? There in lies the challenge with choosing a grab bar for a shower or bathroom project in a residential home. The first places these types of safety handrails were used were in institutional settings (hospitals schools etc.) where function and security were all that mattered. These original bars did not need to win any style points. This situation no longer exists. Fortunately people are living longer and they want to stay and enjoy their homes - but unfortunately most existing shower and bath spaces dont function well if a persons mobility is not what it used to be.