Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
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.
Grab Bars Benefit Everyone! Although grab bars still have a long way to go before theyre loved and accepted as decorative accent pieces for your bathroom everyone can enjoy the enhanced safety and convenience that well-installed grab bars afford. There are times when everyone can use a place to grab onto in a bathroom- ceramic and acrylic tub or shower surfaces are hard and become slippery when wet. An accident as trivial as dropping a bar of soap can pave the way for a potentially harmful fall no matter how fit you are. Bath grab bars give you place to reach out and hold your weight when your feet slip out from beneath you.
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.