Grab Rails / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
Usually there are two types of bathroom grab bars. The first one requires you to permanently attach the whole bar into your bathroom walls. In this type the whole bar is stabilized in the wall with drills and nuts. They may also be made from stainless steel chrome or any other heavy metal since the attachment is already permanently done. The next type uses suction cups for support. The best feature in this kind is its ability to be reattached easily from time to time. However this same feature is its own negative feature. Grab bars should supply enough effort to resist the bodys weight but suction cups arent reliable in doing such. That is why it would be best for you to have permanent bars.
Making the bathroom for the elderly and disabled is imperative if they are being cared for at home. The tub and shower area need to be especially safe in order to make it usable for the patient. In such cases safety bars and grab bars need to be added. These are ideal for people who can still get by on their own but need additional safety features to make their experience in the bathroom trauma free. Grab bars are generally needed in the tub or shower area so that the patient is comfortable tending to his/her own bathing. They are also needed in the toilet area as that is a spot where extra support is needed. Grab bars are just what their name implies: bars that can be grabbed when the user feels he needs extra support for balancing lifting himself up or for stepping into and out of the bathing area. Bars may be permanently installed or of the clamp-on removable variety. If these are not available the patient will tend to hold on to towel rails tissue holders or any other attachment that is handy.
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.