Grab Bars are for your Safety and Security
The installation of ADA approved safety grab bars is one of the most fundamental changes you can make to enhance your safety in your home. They increase accessibility and safety for people with a variety of disabilities or mobility difficulties. Whether adjacent to your toilet or lavatory area or on your existing tub or shower walls, grab bars, professionally installed by Free Spirit Mobility, significantly reduce the risk of falling.
Please call us to discuss how to reduce your risk of a fall. Free Spirit Mobility also offers professional installation!
A Word to the Wise …
Did you know? That among the elderly and the handicapped, injuries from falling most often occur in the bathroom?
And did you know? The most common complaint from seniors and the handicapped is the inability to access a standard bathroom safely.
Information you have asked about Grab Bars
Where to best locate Grab Bars
Grab bars next to a toilet help people using a wheelchair transfer to the toilet seat and back to the wheelchair. They also assist people who have difficulty sitting down, have balance problems while seated or need help rising from a seated position.
Used in a shower or bathtub, grab bars help to maintain balance while standing or maneuvering, assist in transferring into and out of the enclosure, and generally help to mitigate slips and falls.
Floor to ceiling grab bars, or security poles, can be used in the bedroom to help one get out of bed or get up from a chair, or to help caregivers by assisting in transfers.
Grab bars are often used in conjunction with other medical devices to increase safety. For example, a grab bar added to a shower is frequently used with a shower chair and hand held shower head. Grab bars installed by a doorway are usually added near a railing. In addition, grab bars can be placed on any wall where extra support is needed even if it is not the “usual place” they are used.
What to consider during installation
Grab bars can be installed in different positions:
Vertical grab bars may help with balance while standing. Horizontal grab bars provide assistance when sitting or rising, or to grab onto in case of a slip or fall.
Some grab bars can be installed at an angle, depending on the needs of the user and the positioning. Grab bars installed horizontally offer up the greatest safety and care should be taken when installing them on the angle as this is contrary to the ADA Guidelines. Often this angled installation is easier for people pulling themselves up from a seated position.
Each installation should be properly secured into wall blocking or studs to provide the best support. If no studs are available, specialized mollies can be used to spread out grab forces across a wider area of the wall.
The CAPS staff at Free Spirit Mobility is happy to provide an in-home evaluation of your safety needs at no cost or obligation. Together, we can consider…
• The physical capabilities as well as physical limitations of the user
• The physical capabilities as well as physical limitations of the caregiver
• The structural integrity of the area in which the equipment will be used
• Solution based suggestions based on your input and our professional assessment, plus…
• Cost free suggestions for further reducing risks for fall