Grab Rails / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
Without a doubt within the last 10 years there has been an explosion of services that can now be provided in the home which can help us remain there longer. Second is the structure itself. A single story floor plan with a minimum number of stairs is ideal. But its possible to live on just one floor of a multi-level home if there is enough appropriate living space including bathroom and kitchen access. A few of the most prominent features that should be considered when buying a home or retro-fitted an existing one are:* Appropriate floor lighting especially at night* Replacing faucet and door knobs with lever-type handles* Non-slip floor surfaces contrasting floor colors and a minimum number of floor height transitions* Appliance "garages" to keep them accessible on the surface instead of in cabinets* Increased task lighting (such as in the kitchen or next to a favorite chair)* Roll out or pull down shelves* Visual indicators for smoke/carbon monoxide alarms doorbells and telephones Along with this is the importance of eliminating extra furniture and clutter that can clog up hallways and create access barriers to bedrooms or living rooms.
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.
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.