Grab Rails / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
An old saying "Better safe than sorry" can be rightfully applied when you do up your bathroom and use equipment that will keep you out of harms way. When you plan the layout of your bathroom try to design a good combination of textured floor tiles grab bars bath lifts and shower seats. You can position the grab bars in such a way that the dangers are eliminated. For instance you can place one grab bar outside the shower area or bathtub to aid your family member to undress before stepping into the tub or shower. This will help if water is retained on the slippery floor or if there is any type of condensation. If you provide bathroom grab bars on either sides of the bathtub or shower at an angle it can help them use the support when removing their clothing so that they do not slip and fall.
As our eyesight changes it is harder to see these barriers and they can truly become a safety issue especially when using a walker or cane to assist in mobility. Home builders have certainly come to realize the importance of the features mentioned above and incorporate some of these into their new home construction. But there are issues outside the home that should be considered as just as important: * Distance to stores or health care offices Lawn care and snow removal * Gates or fences for privacy and protection * Sidewalks or other hard surface areas around the neighborhood * Access to public transportation or availability of other transportation options As we age our ability to take care of and protect ourselves and our property and our capability to travel to stores health care entertainment and other locations all begin to change as time passes. If we can think about some of these issues now before they cause difficulty then the transition to aging in place becomes much less stressful.
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.