Handicap Bars / 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.
The most common grab bar that you will find on the market is a standard bar that is made of stainless steel. There are plenty of sizes for you to choose from. Starting out as small as twelve inches these bars are handy additions to any kind of shower. If you need a bigger one you can find them up to six feet depending on your needs. For showers the recommended length is twelve to eighteen inches although larger can be more beneficial. Again it is all in what the user needs. While some attach directly to the wall by their own two ends others come on a single bar that attaches to the shower and a grab handle protrudes from that. There are even grab bars that are designed to wrap around corners and provide complete safety coverage.
ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant bars are the only ones to use and are available most anywhere and are fairly simple to install when following the instructions provided with no shortcuts to ensure a proper installation. When installed properly they are rated to withstand a 500 lbs. pull. Most bars come in various lengths from 12 to 48 inches for the straight ones to ones that have right angles and even ones that can be custom made if you have an unusual or specific install situation. Diameters are 1 1/2 (commercial) and 1 1/4 inch with 1 1/2 inch clearance between bar and surface. The 1 1/4 inch diameter is ample for any residential use.
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.