Grab Bars / July 19, 2018 / Albertina Davide
Placed in your bathtub or shower these bars can provide help for seniors by giving extra stability for those initial slippery steps when accidents are most likely to occur. When strategically positioned dangerous falls can be prevented and quite honestly who doesnt want that type of added security? Another great benefit to having these devices is that they are safe to use and generally very easy to install. Grab bars can be made of plastic aluminum or stainless steel and come in a variety of colors shapes and sizes to fit your personal or individual needs. How many will I need? Research suggests that you should install at least two to fully support your weight. However more can be installed if desired. To make sure you are fully protected and you are optimizing your home health products for safety purchase bars that will support the weight of at least 250 lbs.
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.
This is an option to consider when necessary but the best way at all possible is use the studs as first choice. Many bars are installed at an angle to match up with the studs in addition to horizontal and vertical and still will allow versatility for the user. If you are in a remodel situation and have removed the old tub or shower and have the walls open then that would be the time to put in pre-placed 2x6 or 8 blocking between studs for exact placement of bars later just a little planning ahead for placement will make for proper safe installation when finishing the project. Just be sure to write down measurements in order to locate the blocks later for easier installation. So many repair and specialty items are now available to us than used to be with a little direction and the right tools you can also do this job yourself.