Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
Bathroom Safety is Crucial for Older Adults Bathrooms are dangerous places-- according to the Home Safety Council over one quarter of all accidents that take place in the home occur in bathrooms. For senior citizens that proportion is even higher- in 2008 more than one third of household accidents requiring emergency room visits for persons 65 or older took place in the bathroom. Even popular television commercials remind us of how dangerous bathrooms can be-- if youre ever watched a game show chances are youve seen Life Alerts commercial featuring an aging woman who has "fallen and cant get up." When aging bodies get injured they may never heal to the same level of fitness and physical ability that they had before the accident-- so preventing an accident in your home is critical if you want to maintain independence for you or your loved ones as they age.
If you install on or two bars on each side the problem is eliminated. Dont worry - grab bars come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that you can fit them in even the tightest spaces to lean on or even in front your toilet so that you can grab onto it and pull yourself up. If the idea of putting smooth metal in your hands doesnt make you feel any safer you can pick up attachments that allow for a better more firm grip. Grab bars can go anywhere they dont have to be in your bathroom but it definitely helps if you need that kind of assistance. If you need one in your kitchen feel free to put it there - these items screw into the wall and once theyre in there they wont be coming out any time soon. If you are worried that they will be ugly and not match your tasteful décor try looking for ones that are brushed bronze or even ones that are ornate enough to suit your homes style.
Grab Bars Benefit Everyone! Although grab bars still have a long way to go before theyre loved and accepted as decorative accent pieces for your bathroom everyone can enjoy the enhanced safety and convenience that well-installed grab bars afford. There are times when everyone can use a place to grab onto in a bathroom- ceramic and acrylic tub or shower surfaces are hard and become slippery when wet. An accident as trivial as dropping a bar of soap can pave the way for a potentially harmful fall no matter how fit you are. Bath grab bars give you place to reach out and hold your weight when your feet slip out from beneath you.