DOORS & LOCKS
Make sure your front door is locked and all locks inside your home must have an emergency release. Locks and laches should be large and easy to twist and turn.
Handheld showers are easier to use especially with bath seat. It is also useful to install grab bars and poles beside your shower or toilet to help you lower yourself.
Dispose damage or frayed electric cords. Make sure electric are tucked away as they are a tripping hazard. Consider installing more outlets to eliminate the need of extension cords.
Both sides of stairway should have firmly anchored handrails. The stairway should be well-lit and the steps should have a none-skid surface.
ASSESS THE LIGHTING
Your house should be well-lit to prevent injuries. Add new lighting fixtures in dimly lit areas and consider installing motion detection lights so they will turn on and off automatically.
De clutters your house to prevent risk of falling. Remove throw rugs or secure them into place to keep them from moving. Consider discarding old furniture to create more of an open space.
Buying a Grab Bar
Grab bars are installed mostly everywhere— in homes, hotels, hospitals and public restrooms. Most people don’t think much about grab bars, until they need them.
Grab bars will help individuals who’s unsteady on their feet and do not have a good balance to lift themselves or maneuver around, especially in the bathroom and the shower. Before deciding which grab bar suits you to purchase , think about why you need one, and where is the best place to get one.
Don’t just consider the needs of today — look ahead to the future. Being safe and avoiding falls in the bathroom becomes more important as we grow older.
Here are a few major factors to consider what grab bars suits you best.
YOUR Weight limits
Your weight may not require a heavy-duty grab bar, but your 220-pound husband might. To be on the safe side, It's a good idea to go with the highest weight capacity bar available.
Lots of factors go into placement of grab bars. For a shower and bathtub, is it roll-in or transfer? Does it have a permanent shower seat?
The best is to install one bar on the back wall of your shower and another on the control wall (where you exit and enter).
To have a better grip and balance orientation like location matters. Generally, for showers and bathtubs, bars are installed horizontally on the back wall. However, diagonally positioned bars are thought to work better with the angle of your hand, making them easier to grab. At the entrance of your wall where you are stepping in and out of your shower or Bath tub grab bars should be installed vertically.
To avoid hands slipping it is a good idea to use bars with textured surfaces and rubber grips, this will reduce the chance of fall. Also, look for metal bars with coatings that resist corrosion and tarnish. Plastic grab bars with suctions are temporary solutions and they are not strong enough. They are good for travelling.
Functionality and design goes hand in hand and well-designed and beautifully crafted grab bars work just as well as utilitarian-looking ones.
Grab bars must be anchored into wall studs, which may need hiring a professional. Your life and your loved ones life may depend on how securely the grab bar is installed.
Most accidents happen in the bathrooms.
Hundreds of senior citizens are hospitalized year after year as a result of slip and fall accidents in the bathroom or kitchen.
Good news Seniors Aid offers a wide range of safety and plumbing services. We are here to help keep senior citizens safe, allowing them to live more independently. To keep your elderly family member safe, our team can: Install handrails in the shower and by the toilet Install high-rise or elevated toilet seats Add automatic flush valve features and bidets to the toilet Replace bathroom rugs to anti-slip mats Install a walk-in tub or shower Installing jacuzzi tubs Preset the water heater Install mixing valves for better temperature Add a waterproof shower or tub seat that comes with flexible shower nozzle holders and accessory baskets Extend the shower heads and hoses Add nighttime lighting such as motion sensor or path lighting Install accessible bathroom and kitchen faucets such as lever-style or motion sensor We can also remove cabinets and lower sinks and vanities for easier access. Get Discounts & Specials Seniors Aid provides written contract and pricing before we start any work and offers lowest price and special discounts to our senior customers. You can also trust each member of our team—we are honest, respectful, and friendly toward the elderly. We are here to take care of you and your family members.