Grab Bars / July 31, 2018 / Marianna Bianchi
The most common grab bar that you will find on the market is a standard bar that is made of stainless steel. There are plenty of sizes for you to choose from. Starting out as small as twelve inches these bars are handy additions to any kind of shower. If you need a bigger one you can find them up to six feet depending on your needs. For showers the recommended length is twelve to eighteen inches although larger can be more beneficial. Again it is all in what the user needs. While some attach directly to the wall by their own two ends others come on a single bar that attaches to the shower and a grab handle protrudes from that. There are even grab bars that are designed to wrap around corners and provide complete safety coverage.
Now and then we all need a little extra support. As we age it might not be as easy as it used to be to get up and down from chairs or beds. Sometimes we need to grab on to something to steady ourselves or have the confidence of getting up and down without stumbling. A fall resulting in a broken bone may be devastating with the results being no longer able to live independently in your own home. Not only do one out of three adults age 65 or older fall each year in the senior age group it is a leading cause of injury related death and the most common cause of non fatal injuries and hospital admissions. Style does not need to be sacrificed for safety solutions.
For the handicapped shower grab bars are highly beneficial as they provide good support and stability. This is especially important to people who have poor sense of balance and coordination and are learning self-supporting techniques to take care of themselves while doing their daily activities. The elderly can also get the benefits of using grab bars in the shower or while taking a bath in the bath tub. Grab bars offer better support to people who want to learn to be independent even though they suffer from some degree of disability. The bathroom can be a hotspot for accidents especially for the handicapped and the elderly. They can easily slip or lose their balance and are susceptible to falls.