Grab rails are a common home modification for the elderly and those living with a disability. And, with a long list of benefits, it’s no wonder why grab rail installation is an important mobility access modification for every home.
Grab rails are an independent living aid that is secured to a wall in the areas of your home that you frequent.
BENEFITS OF GRAB RAILS
- Increases mobility
- Provides lift support
- Provides balance support
- Act as a fall preventative
- Assists with transfers
- Gives you peace of mind
GRAB RAIL INSTALLATION TO INCREASE MOBILITY
When placed around high-traffic areas in your home, grab rails provide additional support that allows you to move between rooms freely and securely.
Installing grab rails along hallways ensures that seniors or those living with a disability can easily navigate longer stretches of their home without getting fatigued and causing unnecessary strain onto their bodies.
Conducting a grab rail installation in rooms that you frequent or spaces that are more difficult to navigate like the bathroom, further give you greater access to all areas of your home with a reduced risk of falling.
GRAB RAIL INSTALLATION TO PROVIDE LIFT SUPPORT
Whether you need help sitting down and standing up or simply need to pick something up from off the floor, grab rails will stabilise you so you can raise and lower yourself safely.
Ideally, installing a grab rail along stairs on the inside or outside of your home will allow you to take pressure off your knees and lower body and pull yourself up each step. This helps prevent unnecessary muscle strain and injuries as result of physical fatigue.
GRAB RAIL INSTALLATION TO PROVIDE BALANCE SUPPORT
Grab rails offer stability which means if you struggle with unsteadiness, they can help you maintain your balance when you're standing or walking.
When installed correctly by a qualified home modification provider, like ELC Home Modifications, grab rails are strong enough to withhold the user's body weight when they need to maintain their balance.
This kind of support is often necessary in the bathroom. Since the bathroom is arguably the most dangerous room in the house because it’s frequently wet and slippery. Because of this, grab rail installations commonly occur in the shower unit to ensure that individuals can maintain their balance and move freely in the shower.
GRAB RAIL INSTALLATION TO PREVENT FALLS
One in four people aged over 60 will experience a fall each year. By offering stabilisation and support, grab rails can prevent serious accidents like slips, trips and falls.
Those with limited mobility, reduced balance and stability and reduced strength are more prone to slips and falls. That’s why grab rail installation is an important mobility access modification because it acts as an anchor to stabilise, balance and aid in mobility.
GRAB RAIL INSTALLATION ASSISTS WITH TRANSFERS
Whether you're getting off or on the toilet, or need assistance getting in and out of your bed or bath, grab rails make it easier to make this transfer independently.
Some grab rails, like the Lift Away Stainless Steel Handrail are specifically designed to aid with these kinds of transfers. This unique, protruding grab rail mounts to a wall beside a toilet to support the user’s full body weight to assist them with lifting themselves off the toilet.
Using grab rails for transfers reduces the risk of physical fatigue and muscle straining that is often associated with unassisted lifts for those with reduced mobility and strength.
MOBILITY ACCESS MODIFICATIONS GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND
Installing grab rails around your home gives you the peace of mind that whenever you need a helping hand moving around your home, you'll be supported. This can help restore your confidence and independence, helping you live safely and comfortably in your home for longer.
Installing grab rails in your home is a small, yet mighty mobility access modifications that can transform the way you move around your home.
If you’re ready to get a little more help and support navigating your home, contact ELC Home Modifications for a quote on a grab rail installation.