Grab Rails / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
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.
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.
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.