Handicap Bars / July 24, 2018 / Marianna Bianchi
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.
Its never a good idea to install a grab bar with out having sufficient backing behind the areas that you are planning on attaching them to. In other words if someone is going to install a grab bar theres a good chance that they are going to need to attach something to the exterior of the wall that will support the weight of an individual as they use them or someone will need to remove the drywall or plaster to install the proper wood supports. The main point that Im trying to make here is that most standard sized grab bars will not be able to be installed properly in most homes with out installing the proper packing first. When ever someone installs a grab bar incorrectly its going to create a safety hazard for anyone who uses it and applies enough pressure to it eventually.
Another advantage of installing grab bars in bathrooms is that it provides ample support to elderly people. It is also useful to people who tend to fall or slip without balance. Most people experience serious injuries due to accidental falls. This can be considerably avoided with the use of hand rails. The chances of falling are reduced to a large extent with the installation of grab bars. However it is necessary to know that grab bars can seldom be used by people who are totally handicapped. It is designed to provide support to people who can use their limbs partially. These bars are not designed to support the entire weight of the body for a long time.