Handicap Bars / August 2, 2018 / Albertina Davide.
With the bars installed in the bathroom they can offer some degree of safety measure for protection against accidents like falls on a wet and slippery floor. The installation of the shower bars needs some consideration as one needs to identify the places where they should be installed. There are two basic types of shower grab bars available in the market. The first is the traditional one whereas the other is the portable one. The traditional grab bars are screwed permanently in one area. They are usually installed in places where the handicapped will most likely to need it most such as the bath tub the shower and toilet areas. The portable style one comes with suction that allows the person using it to take it anywhere for support.
Determining if you need a smooth or textured grip Identifying the length of the bar - these units can vary in length from 24" to up to 54" long. Consider looks and style -function is important - a stylish design combined with function is even better. Determine if you would prefer a healthier product- Some bars are made with Saniguard to reduce the risk of bacteria mold and mildew. Step 2 - Design in safety for new home or remodeling project - If youre building new or remodeling now is a fantastic time to plan for your future needs. When the project is in the rough framing stage add wood backing in places where you think you might need some type of support in the future.
The Home Safety Council records that nearly 25% of accidents that take place in homes occur in the bathrooms. This rate was proportionately higher in the year 2008 when the accident rates for elderly people were about one third of the total. This was indicated by the number of people aged 65 and above who sought emergency room treatment due to accidents occurring in the bathroom. If you are a T.V buff you would have seen the commercial feature on Life Alerts where an elderly woman has fallen and is unable to get up. Many popular T.V commercials and game shows screen accidents that take place mainly in bathrooms. If you have elderly people residing in your home make sure you do yourselves a favor by installing the bathroom grab bars in your home.
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.