Grab Rails / July 25, 2018 / Rossana Pugliesi.
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.
Without a doubt within the last 10 years there has been an explosion of services that can now be provided in the home which can help us remain there longer. Second is the structure itself. A single story floor plan with a minimum number of stairs is ideal. But its possible to live on just one floor of a multi-level home if there is enough appropriate living space including bathroom and kitchen access. A few of the most prominent features that should be considered when buying a home or retro-fitted an existing one are:* Appropriate floor lighting especially at night* Replacing faucet and door knobs with lever-type handles* Non-slip floor surfaces contrasting floor colors and a minimum number of floor height transitions* Appliance "garages" to keep them accessible on the surface instead of in cabinets* Increased task lighting (such as in the kitchen or next to a favorite chair)* Roll out or pull down shelves* Visual indicators for smoke/carbon monoxide alarms doorbells and telephones Along with this is the importance of eliminating extra furniture and clutter that can clog up hallways and create access barriers to bedrooms or living rooms.
An old saying "Better safe than sorry" can be rightfully applied when you do up your bathroom and use equipment that will keep you out of harms way. When you plan the layout of your bathroom try to design a good combination of textured floor tiles grab bars bath lifts and shower seats. You can position the grab bars in such a way that the dangers are eliminated. For instance you can place one grab bar outside the shower area or bathtub to aid your family member to undress before stepping into the tub or shower. This will help if water is retained on the slippery floor or if there is any type of condensation. If you provide bathroom grab bars on either sides of the bathtub or shower at an angle it can help them use the support when removing their clothing so that they do not slip and fall.
Since they are just as sturdy in your home too as they are in a hospital room so dont think that because they are in your home that they are not going to be as good as the grab bars in a clinic or a public restroom. To ensure safety these grab bars are anchored into the wall with screws and even come with drywall anchors and other safety measures to ensure that they dont come out of the wall. With a capacity of two hundred fifty pounds of dead weight pressure this will support just about anyone and of course these grab bars can be amped up to hold more weight than they normally would. It all depends on installation and care.