Focusing on Home Safety Preventing Falls/Accidents at Home
Before you slip; like so many of us have, it is important to know that 65 – 75 percent of all in- home accidents occur in the bathroom. This Unfortunately happens to all age groups. Many homeowners become accustomed to maintaining their balance by holding onto towel bars, soap dishes, movable shower doors or other wet surfaces. These actions can be very unsafe.
A majority of these accidents happen to the active senior because the debilitated person is more careful and deliberate in their movements. However, the invincible, active senior is naturally more confident and takes more risk. The truth is, accidents can happen to anyone unexpectedly.
Most accidents can be prevented by making the decision to install safety grab bars in the proper locations of your home.
Safety grab bars have many other advantages. After grab bars are installed, customer interviews clearly state that confidence is restored and feelings of dizziness are diminished during showers. Grab bars can relieve pressure on the body and allow the homeowner to live in their own home longer and more independently, helping to keep them accident free and retaining their current quality of life.
Grab bars do not have to be unattractive or have an “institutional” look. There are many designs and colors to choose from today. Grab bars can be stylish and still provide the same level of safety. For example, the quality Moen SecureMount line has a towel bar that doubles as a grab bar or a designer shampoo rack that is also an approved grab bar. These grab bars add style and safety without compromising the look of your bathroom.
Once you make the decision to proactively incorporate safety into your home, you will need to choose the right installer. With over 30 years in the construction industry, I can confidently say this is no job for the average handyman with no experience in this particular field. Choosing to install grab bars properly by a licensed specialist is very affordable and will continue to be a wise investment for the health and safety of the user.