Grab Bars / July 26, 2018 / Albertina Davide
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.
There are enough diameters available to keep small or weak hands satisfied too smaller ones for hands that cant grip something so wide. Also available are colored rubber grips that you can attach to the grab bars and make it extra safe to hold on to. Depending on what your bathroom looks like you might think: "I dont want these ugly old grab bars in my bathroom! It will make the place look like a hospital room and I dont want that!" This is a fallacy. The bars come in shining stainless steel and white brushed nickel and old world bronze for that feel of home instead of the cold cruelty of a hospital room. The ends of the bars can be balls or ornate fixtures as well so you dont have to go pick out the standard just because it exists - there are plenty of items to choose from.
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.