Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
Bathroom grab bars are highly beneficial to elderly people as it gives support to move around without falling or slipping. It is also useful to people with movement disabilities as maneuvering around the restroom or bathroom can prove to be dangerous without proper support. Grab bars or hand rails are quite useful to people who lack the ample amount of strength to move around. It can also be fixed in different parts of the house to move around efficiently. Significance and Installation: Usually bathroom grab bars are installed in places which are used by the differently abled. These hand rails act as safety devices which can be used by weak and handicapped people to move around safely.
The older I get the more comfortable I am around grab bars and hand rails. Everyone young and old can agree the grab bars or hand railings are a definite advantage in the shower stall when washing your feet. But a long hallway or a large stair landing always stays safer with well mounted hand rails too. Grab Bar Installation Any grab bar or hand rail is only as safe as the backing it is anchored into. Backing is wood blocking or concrete installed behind the drywall plaster or finished shower walls such as fiberglass marble or cultured marble. The grab bar backing must be 2" by 6" blocks minim 6" long or two (2) layers of ¾" plywood minim 6"by 6" stacked glued and screw through the face of the drywall.
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.