Grab Rails / August 4, 2018 / Carmela Lorenzo.
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.
There is something for everyone in this line of accessories so all it takes is a little looking around to find something that will suit you. If you need a grab bars dont be embarrassed to get one! They are essential to bathroom safety and can make things a lot more comfortable for anyone that needs them. There is no shame in admitting that you might need some help getting in and out of the tub but with the purchase and installation of a grab bar you dont necessarily have to admit anything to anyone! These items are great for people who cant move around as well as they could or even for homes with small children that have trouble navigating a big bathtub.
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.
Certainly companies who provide in-home health care and homemaker services property maintenance and senior transportation can all meet our needs but they may not be in our budget so other solutions should be planned for as well before they become a critical dilemma. These are just some of the details that become part of the entire decision-making process when contemplating remaining in our homes for as long as possible. If the day comes when I can no longer drive I will have lost what I consider to be one of most cherished aspects of life as an adult. But since this is so important to me if I plan ahead now on how Im going to replace this loss of self-mobility when it comes I will be able to ease into that loss with so much more grace! As they say "Choose wisely and choose well." Think about the things that are so very important to you what you treasure and what you feel you cannot live without. It could be going out for lunch with friends or working in your garden. Perhaps traveling to see relatives across town or walking along the river. Plan now for how you can continue to do those things as your ability to do them changes and someone makes these decisions for you. Life is what you make it. Make it great.