Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
It is a fact that older folk take longer to recover from any fall as they are not as physically fit anymore. Since the concept of Grab bars is still fairly new it may take a while for awareness to set in and people incorporate the same in their homes aesthetically. These bars can be used by all in the home as well as those who visit. The floor can become extremely slippery when it gets wet. Since the tubs and bathroom tiles are generally made of acrylic and ceramic it is possible to slip when trying to pick a bar of soap that you drop accidentally. This can make a fatal impact if you or an older person happens to fall on the hard floor. The importance of the bathroom grab bars is that they are available to clutch onto in case you feel you are going to lose your balance.
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.
ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant bars are the only ones to use and are available most anywhere and are fairly simple to install when following the instructions provided with no shortcuts to ensure a proper installation. When installed properly they are rated to withstand a 500 lbs. pull. Most bars come in various lengths from 12 to 48 inches for the straight ones to ones that have right angles and even ones that can be custom made if you have an unusual or specific install situation. Diameters are 1 1/2 (commercial) and 1 1/4 inch with 1 1/2 inch clearance between bar and surface. The 1 1/4 inch diameter is ample for any residential use.