Grab Bars / July 30, 2018 / Laura Endrizzi
If proper steps like those mentioned above are not taken serious injury can occur if the grab bar would pull out f the wall unexpectedly when pressure is applied. Grab Bar Location Another Senior Safety tip for effectively and safely installing grab bars involves the placement of grab bars. Good placement of grab bars and safety handrails is anywhere you need to change your elevation slowly steadily and under control. If the grab bar will be used when seated mount the bar on a slant starting low and close to toilet or other seated location at a maximum of 24" above the finished flooring. The bar should be slanting upward toward the direction of egress. This will ensure that the person using the bar for support can reach it comfortably and get the most help possible from the grab bar.
Most times manufacturers will provide this information in their product specifications. If your weight exceeds the limit a special order set of grab bars should be considered. Where will my grab bars be best placed? To determine the most useful area for your grab bars it is wise to first consult with your doctor or occupational therapist to make sure they are placed where they will be the most beneficial for your use. Generally though at least one bar should be placed along the wall where the faucet is and another along the back wall so that one hand can be placed in each of these areas when getting in or out of the tub. Having two grab bars provides stability and enables users to safely get into or out of the bathtub. Before using the grab bars though make sure they are properly installed and anchored for reliability.
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.