Handicap Bars / July 24, 2018 / Marianna Bianchi
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.
If the person who enters the restroom is unable to get up they may risk suffering a number of future ailments including severe bruising bleeding busted blood vessels etc. Depending the impact suffered at the fall and the body part injured the severity of the accident may potentially cause the individual to end up in the hospital. Its always beneficial to make sure that grab bars are installed in your bathroom. There is always a chance that you may have to take care of an elderly family member and not be able to accompany them to the restroom. In the case that it is someone who has trouble getting around you can have great confidence that they will have an easier time sitting standing and walking from one end of the bathroom to the other. Grab bars create less anxiety when it comes to leaving loved ones who have problems getting around at home alone.
Bathrooms are full of hazards and for those with restricted mobility including the elderly disabled and even those just slightly unsteady on their feet using the bathroom can be a difficult even dangerous exercise. Bathroom floors are traditionally wooden covered with linoleum vinyl or tiled all of which can become slippery when splashed with water and cause a bathroom user to lose their footing possibly injuring themselves. Bathroom facilities are often difficult to use for even people with only slight mobility impairment. Taking a bath or shower over the tub can be hard as it requires a person to step over a high ledge and lower themselves into the bath tub which can also itself be slippery.