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How High Should Grab Bars Be Installed for Safety?

Senior Home Safety in Weston CT

Installing grab bars is a great idea, especially for seniors who may be having difficulty with their mobility, balance, or strength. As people age, their body changes. A senior will eventually face a time when he or she is no longer capable of doing some of the tasks they used to take for granted.

Senior Home Safety in Weston CTStepping into and out of the shower, especially if they have to step up over a tub lip, may become more difficult and it can even pose serious safety issues. Grab bars installed properly can support the weight of a full grown adult. The senior can grab onto these bars as he or she steps into the tub and use them for balance.

It’s best to have them installed professionally.

Many people today take it upon themselves to do all sorts of home improvement projects. Certain home improvement superstores have made it possible for people to save a lot of money by not hiring contractors to do some basic jobs around the house. However, the vast majority of these homeowners are actually missing certain steps or not doing it properly, which could expose them or their house to unnecessary risk.

If you’re determined to install grab bars, make sure you know how to find the wall studs behind the ceramic tile or vinyl tile surface of the tub or shower surround. If you don’t anchor it into the wall studs, it will be little more than a glorified towel bar and can rip free from the wall in the event the senior slips or places too much weight on it.

How high should these bars be?

In order to be safe and provide the kind of safety the senior needs at home, grab bars should be installed at the height where it’s most comfortable and safest for the elderly individual to use. There’s no set height for these bars to be anchored.

Every person is different, so the best thing to do is have the senior stand in the tub (fully dressed, of course) and determine where it would be most comfortable for them. You can also gauge comfort by having them reach in, grab onto your arm as they step in, and determine whether it needs to be a little higher, a little lower, or if it’s perfect.

When the grab bars are installed to a comfortable height, it should provide solid support for the senior when they’re getting into and out of the tub or shower as well as standing if they need some extra support during their shower.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care to improve senior home safety in Weston, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

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Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent over well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as asenior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut for the past several years Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the four five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife of 34 years,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing first hand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family.

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