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What, Exactly, Do Grabs Bars Offers Seniors with Regard to Safety?

Senior Home Safety in Fairmont PA

Maybe you’ve heard the term ‘grab bars,’ but have no idea what they are. When it comes to safety issues for seniors at home, grab bars might be incredibly important.

In a general sense, grab bars are just like what they sound.

Senior Home Safety in Fairmont PA

Senior Home Safety in Fairmont PA

They are bars a person can grab onto in order to maintain balance. They’re most commonly used in a tub or shower surround and are not anything like towel bars. A towel bar is more likely simply screwed into the vinyl tub surround or ceramic tile of the shower itself. It can hold a facecloth, towel, or other basic items, but in the event a full grown adult slips and tries to grab onto it, it will most likely rip free from the wall.

A towel bar is also much thinner than a grab bar.

A grab bar, on the other hand, is generally relatively thick and is anchored directly into the wall studs behind the shower surround, ceramic tile, wallboard, and anything else in between. The anchor screws are deeply embedded into the wall studs and will hold up the weight of a full grown adult.

As for senior home safety, grab bars can be an essential component.

As people get older they begin losing muscle mass. This has a direct impact on their physical strength and even their balance. Over time, they might have difficulty getting into and out of the shower, just as they may have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

These grab bars can be a vital component to safety. People will still want to look and feel their best, even though they may have trouble getting around. They might rely on family members or friends to help them with various tasks around the house, but are much less likely to call on these individuals to help them get into and out of the shower.

Those are often considered intimate and very personal matters. By installing grab bars and a shower seat, it can offer an elderly individual a lot more comfort and confidence to shower or bathe on their own.

Grab bars can also be beneficial around the toilet. Grab bars, when installed properly, can provide support for a person easing down onto the toilet or getting back up from it.

Grab bars significantly reduce the risk of slipping and falling while taking a shower or going to the bathroom. Even if a senior doesn’t seem to have major problems getting around right now, grab bars are something to discuss to keep them safe into the future.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care to improve senior home safety in Fairmont, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. 215-882-8234.

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Renato Amorim

President & Co-Owner at Assisting Hands Home Care
Renato Amorim, president of Assisting Hands Home Care operations in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has worked for the past twenty years in government and international business, where he had the opportunity to carry out investment and business-development projects in all continents. He has managed teams of professionals spread over several countries in pharmaceutical and mining multinational companies.

Prior to joining Assisting Hands, Renato headed Merck’s public policy and corporate responsibility team in Latin America. In 2007, the World Economic Forum granted him the Young Global Leader award, as a recognition for his work on international trade advocacy.

After a series of family health challenges, including severe cases of cancer and dementia, Renato decided to shift his career toward more direct, personal and closer involvement with home- and family-health needs. In the Assisting Hands franchise system, he found the right balance between professional fulfillment and the delivery of compassionate services to the community.

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