Getting older means having to deal with more challenges. It also means keeping up with general home maintenance will likely become more difficult or complicated. To keep seniors safer at home, modifications may be necessary.
For example, grab bars could be a great asset.
If somebody has never used a grab bar and doesn’t know what it is, they could be missing out on some valuable information, either for themselves or an aging parent or grandparent.
Grab bars look a lot like towel bars in the tub or shower surround, but they are significantly different. These bars are anchored into the wall studs rather than just the wallboard. Regular towel bars, if grabbed onto in the event somebody slips, will likely rip free of the wall. This can sometimes cause even more significant injuries than if the senior simply fell into the tub or shower.
Grab bars, when installed properly, can hold the weight of a full grown, healthy adult. They should have no trouble supporting an elderly man or woman getting into or out of the shower or tub or just if they need something else to feel comfortable and remain balanced.
Stair lifts, wheelchair ramps, and even better lighting throughout the house can all be beneficial. So, who can help with these home repairs or improvements?
Family might be more than willing.
An adult son or daughter, sibling, spouse, or others may be more than willing to step up and help, but if they don’t have the right kind of experience, knowledge, and tools, will that compromise safety? People today often have a great deal of pride and want to believe they can be a do-it-yourselfer. However, it also becomes more difficult to accept one’s own limitations and that may be a certain job that’s better suited for somebody who has done this type of work before.
For example, many people have installed grab bars thinking they secured them into the wall studs when in fact they did not. There may have been tough resistance getting the bolts through ceramic tile and solid wallboard, and they may have felt this was done right, but when that elderly family member had to use it, it pulled free.
A licensed and experienced home improvement contractor is the best option.
If going this route, verify that the license is current, genuine, and belongs to that particular contractor. It is often worth the investment to pay a professional and have peace of mind knowing those repairs were done properly and items were installed correctly to guarantee improved safety for the elderly homeowner.
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