Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
This is an option to consider when necessary but the best way at all possible is use the studs as first choice. Many bars are installed at an angle to match up with the studs in addition to horizontal and vertical and still will allow versatility for the user. If you are in a remodel situation and have removed the old tub or shower and have the walls open then that would be the time to put in pre-placed 2x6 or 8 blocking between studs for exact placement of bars later just a little planning ahead for placement will make for proper safe installation when finishing the project. Just be sure to write down measurements in order to locate the blocks later for easier installation. So many repair and specialty items are now available to us than used to be with a little direction and the right tools you can also do this job yourself.
Most times manufacturers will provide this information in their product specifications. If your weight exceeds the limit a special order set of grab bars should be considered. Where will my grab bars be best placed? To determine the most useful area for your grab bars it is wise to first consult with your doctor or occupational therapist to make sure they are placed where they will be the most beneficial for your use. Generally though at least one bar should be placed along the wall where the faucet is and another along the back wall so that one hand can be placed in each of these areas when getting in or out of the tub. Having two grab bars provides stability and enables users to safely get into or out of the bathtub. Before using the grab bars though make sure they are properly installed and anchored for reliability.
Bathroom Safety is Crucial for Older Adults Bathrooms are dangerous places-- according to the Home Safety Council over one quarter of all accidents that take place in the home occur in bathrooms. For senior citizens that proportion is even higher- in 2008 more than one third of household accidents requiring emergency room visits for persons 65 or older took place in the bathroom. Even popular television commercials remind us of how dangerous bathrooms can be-- if youre ever watched a game show chances are youve seen Life Alerts commercial featuring an aging woman who has "fallen and cant get up." When aging bodies get injured they may never heal to the same level of fitness and physical ability that they had before the accident-- so preventing an accident in your home is critical if you want to maintain independence for you or your loved ones as they age.