Grab Rails / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
The Home Safety Council records that nearly 25% of accidents that take place in homes occur in the bathrooms. This rate was proportionately higher in the year 2008 when the accident rates for elderly people were about one third of the total. This was indicated by the number of people aged 65 and above who sought emergency room treatment due to accidents occurring in the bathroom. If you are a T.V buff you would have seen the commercial feature on Life Alerts where an elderly woman has fallen and is unable to get up. Many popular T.V commercials and game shows screen accidents that take place mainly in bathrooms. If you have elderly people residing in your home make sure you do yourselves a favor by installing the bathroom grab bars in your home.
What can you do to have style function and safety in your bathroom without breaking the bank or a hip? One solution can be choosing decorative grab bars or increased safety bathroom accessories. Heres 5 steps to guide you through this process. Step 1 - Identify the features and benefits you need - Since these bars and accessories come in many sizes shapes and styles youll want to identify what features and benefits are most important to you. Some items to consider are: Choosing an ergonomic universal design- curved and rounded designs are easier to grip than straight designs. Also a research study done by the University of Buffalo determined a wave or curved designed bar was more ergonomic than a straight bar due to the angle of a bar when a person gripped the bar.
Grab Bars are safety devices fixed in bathrooms for patients elderly and physically challenged people. They are supportive bars which are specially designed to be fitted in bathtubs and restrooms. Unlike towel bars and other light bars grab bars are specially manufactured to handle heavy weights. They can bear up to 250 lb. Designed based on the guidelines of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) grab bars come in both straight and combo types. Generally there are three types of grab bars available: Wall-mounted Tub-mounted Suction cup grab bars Wall Mounted Grab Bars: Wall mounted grab bars are installed on the walls near bathtubs or toilets.