Grab Bars Are an Ideal Solution for Anyone with Mobility Issues
Do you know what the most dangerous room in any house is? Most people would probably guess the kitchen, which sees the most activity, and has hot stoves and ovens, as well as sharp utensils. While that’s a pretty good guess, the correct answer is the bathroom. Falls are the most common injuries in the home, and the bathroom, with all of its slippery surfaces, is where most falls occur.
That’s why for anyone with mobility issues, grab bars are such a great addition to the bathroom or anywhere else in the home where more stability is needed. Let’s face it, if you have family or friends who have mobility issues for any reason, you worry about them. We’ve all heard way too many stories of older people falling and hurting themselves. If you have parents or grandparents who are living on their own, or friends who might not have the strength or balance they used to have, grab bars, or wall bars, are a simple and effective way to make their life easier.
Grab Life by the Bar
Grab bars are safety devices designed to enable a person to maintain balance, lessen fatigue while standing, hold some of their weight while maneuvering or have something to grab onto in case of a slip or fall. Grab bars increase accessibility and safety for people with a variety of disabilities or mobility difficulties. Although they are most commonly seen in public accessible toilet stalls, grab bars are also used in private homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Installing grab bars in showers and tubs and next to toilets can make a big difference when reaching for towels, sliding glass doors, or other unstable fixtures.
- Grab bars by the 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 care givers by assisting in transfers.
Grab bars can be used in different positions depending on what your needs are. Vertical grab bars can be used to help maintain balance when standing. Horizontal grab bars assist when sitting or rising, or to grab onto in case of a slip or fall.
APA Medical is one of the largest installers of wall bars in the upper Midwest because we offer the best pricing and the best service. APA is the preferred installer for many healthcare groups such as Medica, Ucare, Health Partners and Blue Cross MSHO programs as well as County Waiver programs, with nearly 1,000 bars installed annually. At APA we have been installing grab bars and stair railings for two decades in our customer’s homes, so we understand which areas of the home make you vulnerable and where bars and railings will make you feel safe.
Again, if you have family members or friends who have mobility issues and are living on their own, grab bars are a great addition to the home, providing safety for those living there and peace of mind for their loved ones.