Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
Certainly companies who provide in-home health care and homemaker services property maintenance and senior transportation can all meet our needs but they may not be in our budget so other solutions should be planned for as well before they become a critical dilemma. These are just some of the details that become part of the entire decision-making process when contemplating remaining in our homes for as long as possible. If the day comes when I can no longer drive I will have lost what I consider to be one of most cherished aspects of life as an adult. But since this is so important to me if I plan ahead now on how Im going to replace this loss of self-mobility when it comes I will be able to ease into that loss with so much more grace! As they say "Choose wisely and choose well." Think about the things that are so very important to you what you treasure and what you feel you cannot live without. It could be going out for lunch with friends or working in your garden. Perhaps traveling to see relatives across town or walking along the river. Plan now for how you can continue to do those things as your ability to do them changes and someone makes these decisions for you. Life is what you make it. Make it great.
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.
Grabbing onto the bars helps people who have limited mobile abilities maintain their balance. Individuals with disabilities will require grab bars to be installed in their homes especially if they do not have someone to care for them throughout the day. The chances of falling or slipping while in the bathroom are always relatively high even with individuals who do not have limited mobile abilities. In the bathroom there is a lot of water supply. Each time someone washes their hands or takes a shower they might accidentally leave a few small puddles of water on the tile ultimately creating a hazard for anyone who enters.