Type + Security: Seize Bars for Senior-Pleasant Loos


It’s a lesson one household needed to be taught twice: the significance of toilet seize bars.

A colleague’s grandmother cherished taking baths and had completed so her whole life. As she grew older, getting out of her tub–an old-school, conventional bathtub and bathe combo–grew to become tougher.  Someday, as she was stepping out of the bathtub, she slipped and grabbed frantically at a close-by towel bar, hoping to interrupt her fall.

The towel bar, which was designed to carry the load of a pair towels, and never that of a human grownup falling backward, gave means, and got here out of the wall completely.  Miraculously, our colleague’s grandmother solely suffered some bumps and bruises from her undignified fall again into the bathtub.

Horrified, her household swung into gear, and had a seize bar put in subsequent to the bathtub, rigorously positioned so grandmother might grasp it when getting into and leaving her tub.

That lesson caught with the household, and a long time later, when our colleague’s mom downsized from the household house to a condominium, she had a sturdy seize bar put in subsequent to the bathe in her grasp rest room earlier than transferring in.

Nevertheless, in a virtually an identical incident, a visiting relative slipped within the visitor rest room, and in an eerie repeat of the accident years earlier, seized the close by towel bar. Unsurprisingly, the towel bar instantly got here out of the wall, supplying little-to-no help. Fortunately, this particular person additionally escaped severe damage, although they had been loads sore for per week or so. One other seize bar was promptly put in within the house.

Why seize bars for the aged are necessary

Yr in and yr out, bogs are probably the most harmful room in the home. In keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, greater than 1 / 4 million People go to the emergency room annually attributable to an damage suffered within the rest room, and almost 14% require hospitalization.

The identical CDC examine discovered that probably the most hazardous actions for folks of all ages are bathing, showering, and getting out of the bathtub or bathe. Whereas solely 2.2% of accidents happen when stepping into the bathtub or bathe, virtually 10% happen whereas getting out. Most rest room-related ER visits are brought on by accidents in or close to the bath or bathe. (1)

Unsurprisingly, damage charges enhance with age. Tub and bathe associated damage charges rose markedly, from 49.7 per 100,000 amongst folks between 15–24 years outdated to 200.2 amongst these aged 85 years or extra. (1) 

Many of those accidents may very well be prevented with the addition of sturdy, secure seize bars within the rest room.

The place to find security seize bars within the rest room

Including seize bars to bogs makes them safer for everybody, particularly these of their later years. The place to find seize bars relies upon the toilet configuration, and the beforehand talked about CDC report gives some broad pointers:

“Accidents may be decreased by environmental modifications, equivalent to placing non-slip strips within the tub or bathe and including seize bars inside and outdoors the bathtub or bathe to cut back falls and putting in seize bars subsequent to the bathroom for added help if wanted.” (2)

A superb place to search out helpful pointers to make use of as a place to begin is the People with Disabilities Act.

  • Mixture tub & bathe: Loos with a mixture tub and bathe can profit from the set up of two seize bars inside the tub/bathe space. To assist folks elevate themselves from the bathtub, the ADA recommends set up of a bar 8 to 10 inches from the rim of the bathtub. One other bar positioned larger on the wall (33 to 36 inches from the bottom of the bathtub) can be beneficial. This second bar can assist these standing up as they enter and exit the bathtub, in addition to throughout a bathe.
  • Stroll-in bathe: Placement of seize bars in walk-in showers relies upon closely on the scale and structure of the bathe. In bigger showers, bars on each the aspect and again partitions could be helpful. Showers with benches want a bar that’s helpful when the person is both standing or sitting. An extended, angled bar is usually a good resolution.
  • Stand-alone bathtub: A stand-alone bathtub with a deck encompass can simply be modified with small security bars put in on the deck, on both aspect of the bathtub, the place they can be utilized to assist folks hold their steadiness and supply safety once they both enter or depart the bathtub.

These pointers and concepts could be helpful; nonetheless, you will need to take into account the peak, weight, and mobility of all who might be utilizing the toilet and alter the location of bars accordingly.

Seize bars outdoors the bathe or tub

Keep in mind the destiny of the towel racks at the start of this story?

Along with inserting seize bars within the bathe or tub encompass, it is usually necessary to have a seize bar positioned outdoors the bathtub or bathe, as a result of most accidents occur when the bather is leaving, and the inside seize bars are out of attain. To make sure security, a secure seize bar outdoors the bathtub will present peace of thoughts–and a greater choice than a towel rack.

For a walk-in bathe, the surface seize bar could be shorter, and positioned about 36” from the bathe flooring. An extended vertical bar is smart for a mixture bathe and tub, enabling the bather to securely grasp the deal with as they both rise from the tub or step out of the bathe.

Sorts & kinds of seize bars

As extra People plan to age in place and are constructing security options into their rest room remodels, producers of toilet fixtures are responding with great-looking, fashionable seize bars and revolutionary options that mix kind with security.

From a mode standpoint, many producers are together with seize bars of their collections. Designed to coordinate with taps, bathe heads and different equipment, seize bars can be found in all kinds of colours and finishes that add polish to the finished rest room.

This lovely, spa-inspired rest room options Re-Bathtub’s good-looking Sandstone Easy bathe partitions, together with teakwood folding bathe seat from Moen and a classy angled seize bar in a heat brushed nickel end.

Stand-alone seize bars aren’t the one choice for offering safe help within the tub. Handrails and seize bars are more and more being mixed with fundamental rest room {hardware} in intelligent designs that look polished whereas making a safer surroundings. Examples embrace:

  • Handrails with rest room roll holders: Bathrooms are one other rest room space the place seize bars or handrails can present essential help and assist folks reside independently with dignity. Handrails together with an easy-to-change curved rest room roll holder are good options that may make lives simpler in a number of methods.
  • Bathe cabinets with a seize bar: Area is usually at a premium within the bathe. Some producers have created seize bars with built-in cabinets, combining security with a handy place for shampoo bottles, cleaning soap and different necessaries.
  • Mixture towel racks and seize bars: The racks that hold towels inside helpful attain are the right location for seize bars. Producers are recognizing this and have created fashionable seize bars that embrace towel racks, maintaining the bar free for ease of use, whereas additionally offering a handy place to hold towels.

Curved seize bars are additionally gaining in reputation. Simply as sturdy as different fashions, curved seize bars vary from dramatic, horseshoe shapes to gently-curving bars. The extra dramatic shapes could be grasped from both the highest or the aspect. All add a sculptural ingredient to the toilet’s look and add visible curiosity.

Seize bars for the aged are a good suggestion, however they don’t seem to be the one ones who can profit. Life is unpredictable, and safe handrails within the rest room make sense for each age group, particularly if a number of generations are within the house. The big variety of great-looking kinds of seize bars accessible at present makes it simple to include them into any rest room transform. The second somebody in your loved ones wants them, you may be glad they’re there.


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