Grab Bars / July 22, 2018 / Daria Lori.
Now and then we all need a little extra support. As we age it might not be as easy as it used to be to get up and down from chairs or beds. Sometimes we need to grab on to something to steady ourselves or have the confidence of getting up and down without stumbling. A fall resulting in a broken bone may be devastating with the results being no longer able to live independently in your own home. Not only do one out of three adults age 65 or older fall each year in the senior age group it is a leading cause of injury related death and the most common cause of non fatal injuries and hospital admissions. Style does not need to be sacrificed for safety solutions.
Grab Bars Benefit Everyone! Although grab bars still have a long way to go before theyre loved and accepted as decorative accent pieces for your bathroom everyone can enjoy the enhanced safety and convenience that well-installed grab bars afford. There are times when everyone can use a place to grab onto in a bathroom- ceramic and acrylic tub or shower surfaces are hard and become slippery when wet. An accident as trivial as dropping a bar of soap can pave the way for a potentially harmful fall no matter how fit you are. Bath grab bars give you place to reach out and hold your weight when your feet slip out from beneath you.
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.
What can you do to have style function and safety in your bathroom without breaking the bank or a hip? One solution can be choosing decorative grab bars or increased safety bathroom accessories. Heres 5 steps to guide you through this process. Step 1 - Identify the features and benefits you need - Since these bars and accessories come in many sizes shapes and styles youll want to identify what features and benefits are most important to you. Some items to consider are: Choosing an ergonomic universal design- curved and rounded designs are easier to grip than straight designs. Also a research study done by the University of Buffalo determined a wave or curved designed bar was more ergonomic than a straight bar due to the angle of a bar when a person gripped the bar.