Grab Rails / July 24, 2018 / Marianna Bianchi
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.
There are enough diameters available to keep small or weak hands satisfied too smaller ones for hands that cant grip something so wide. Also available are colored rubber grips that you can attach to the grab bars and make it extra safe to hold on to. Depending on what your bathroom looks like you might think: "I dont want these ugly old grab bars in my bathroom! It will make the place look like a hospital room and I dont want that!" This is a fallacy. The bars come in shining stainless steel and white brushed nickel and old world bronze for that feel of home instead of the cold cruelty of a hospital room. The ends of the bars can be balls or ornate fixtures as well so you dont have to go pick out the standard just because it exists - there are plenty of items to choose from.
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.