Grab Bars / 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.
This planning will allow you to add decorative safety rails down the road and will maximize the amount of support this bar will provide. Step 3 - Consider the weight capacity required and where youll want additional support- How much do the people weigh who will be using the bathroom/shower space? The weight capacities of these decorative units can range between 250 and 350 pounds. In addition youll want to consider where youll want (either now or in the future) this additional support. If youre looking inside a tub/shower area you can use bath accessories like soap dishes corner shelves around the bath/shower valves and grab bars to add more support.
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.