Grab Rails / August 1, 2018 / Rossana Pugliesi.
Remember that grab bars are small enough to go anywhere and can be placed on the wall in front of your toilet or beside it. Since there are several diameters you can try and get one that will fit in the tightest spaces for compact and durable safety. If your greatest fear is that the grab bar wont match whats in your bathroom there is something for you too! Grab bars dont have to be just plain old stainless steel nor do they have to be plain on the ends or attach so coldly into the wall. Available for user enjoyment are other colors such as white or bronze and there are some styles available that are very pretty and pleasant to look at as well. These kinds of grab bars are wonderful additions to your home and best of all the beauty of the items do not take away from the safety they provide.
As our eyesight changes it is harder to see these barriers and they can truly become a safety issue especially when using a walker or cane to assist in mobility. Home builders have certainly come to realize the importance of the features mentioned above and incorporate some of these into their new home construction. But there are issues outside the home that should be considered as just as important: * Distance to stores or health care offices Lawn care and snow removal * Gates or fences for privacy and protection * Sidewalks or other hard surface areas around the neighborhood * Access to public transportation or availability of other transportation options As we age our ability to take care of and protect ourselves and our property and our capability to travel to stores health care entertainment and other locations all begin to change as time passes. If we can think about some of these issues now before they cause difficulty then the transition to aging in place becomes much less stressful.
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.
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.