Grab Bar Quiz with Answers!

August 20, 2012

 

Grab Bar Quiz:

Who are grab bars for?

a)      people ages 65+

b)      people undergoing physical therapy

c)      people with disabilities

d)      people without disabilities

e)      all of the above

Answer: e) all of the above. Grab bars are not just for the elderly like most people think. They can help a number of people at any age. Grab bars are encouraged in a rehabilitation process to help the healing and prevention of lower body injuries. People with disabilities also utilize grab bars to aid them in everyday tasks.

 

What standards must my grab bar meet?

a)      ADA

b)      APA

c)      CDA

Answer: a) ADA. In order for grab bars to be effective as a physical aid they must be ADA (American disability Act) compliant. The ADA’s accessibility standards include specific height requirements for the installation of grab bars.

True or False: Grab Bars are expensive.

 

Answer: False! Grab-Bar.com has a wide variety of very affordable and stylish grab bars. Our 1-½” stainless steel grab bars start at $12.94!

What is the main purpose of a Grab bar?

            a.) to steady ones self while getting into and out of the shower

b.) to lower and raise ones self safely in and out of a seated position

c.) reduce the hazards of falling in a shower or bathtub

d.) all of the above

Answer: d.) all of the above. Grab bars are helpful in many different situations. The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house because of the dangers of falling. A grab bar provides safety for your whole family in these slippery situations.

How many Grab Bars should you have in a bathroom?

a)      1

b)      2

c)      3

d)      4

Answer: c) 3. Two should be mounted around your shower with one inside and one outside. These will help you to stable yourself as you get in and out of the shower and also aid you while showering. Another grab bar should be located next to the toilet to assist you as your lower yourself and stand up off of the toilet.

True or False: Grab Bars are for bathroom use only.

Answer: False! Grab bars can be used in any room in the house where maneuvering or transferring from one position to another may be difficult. Grab bars are helpful even in non-slippery environments where falling is still a possibility. For example; the elderly, the disabled or even physical rehabilitation patients may have trouble shifting body weight when getting into bed.

 

True or False: All Grab Bars are dull and drab.

 

Answer: False! There are many different finishes and styles of grab bars that can fit in with any bathroom décor. Just check out the Elegant and Decorator lines on Grab-Bar.com!

What diameter should my grab bar be?

a.)    ¾”- 1”

b.)    1” -1-¼”

c.)    1-¼” – 1-½”

d.)    1- ½” – 1- ¾”

Answer: c.) 1-¼” – 1-½”. These two dimensions are not too thick so it is easy to grasp and help to prevent injuries, but not too thin so the bar remains sturdy in any situation.

True or False: I can install a Grab bar myself.

Answer: True! You can install a Grab bar yourself, and there are even step by step Video instructions located on Grab-Bar.com  http://www.grab-bar.com/installation

Now you can answer the last question yourself….

Should I purchase a grab bar?

Answer: Yes!


Grab-Bar Informational Quiz (with 15% discount!)

August 13, 2012

Put your grab-bar knowledge to the test!

Anyone who submits answers to the questions to: hcooke@grab-bar.com , will receive a code for 15% off your next Grab-Bar.com purchase!! (The code will be active until 10/12/12)

The questions will be re-posted with the answers next Monday.

Have Fun!

 

1. Who are grab bars for?

a)      people ages 65+

b)      people undergoing physical therapy

c)      people with disabilities

d)      people without disabilities

e)      all of the above

 

 

2. What standards must my grab bar meet?

a)      ADA

b)      APA

c)      CDA

 

3. True or False: Grab Bars are expensive.

 

 

4. What is the main purpose of a Grab bar?

            a.) to steady ones self while getting into and out of the shower

            b.) to lower and raise ones self safely in and out of a seated position

            c.) reduce the hazards of falling in a shower or bathtub

            d.) all of the above

 

5. How many Grab Bars should you have in a bathroom?

a)      1

b)      2

c)      3

d)      4

 

6. True or False: Grab Bars are for bathroom use only.

 

 

7. True or False: All Grab Bars are dull and drab.

 

8. What diameter should my grab bar be?

a.)    ¾”- 1”

b.)    1” -1-¼”

c.)    1-¼” – 1-½” 

d.)    1- ½” – 1- ¾”

 

 

9. True or False: I can install a Grab bar myself.

 

 

This last one is easy…

 

10. Should I purchase a grab bar?

 


As we mature

February 24, 2012

As we mature, bath grab bars become an integral part of the remodeling process and can assist us in remaining in our own homes. The ability to enjoy our golden years in the familiarity and comfort of our homes is a welcome thought.  

Avoiding injury can extend the quality of our years and equipping our homes with a few low-cost, ADA compliant assistive technology aids such as; grab bars, safety rails, bath tub benches and tub rails, can help us to maintain that desired independence. 

If you are considering optimizing your current living space by exploring remodeling options for aging in place, a home that is modified with universal design offers better accessibility and a safer living space.  If you decide to sell your home, these aging in place features add value and appeal to a wider audience of buyers. 

Bathrooms are the first place the adaptive access remodel is considered. The bathroom is a primary location for slip and fall injuries that result in loss of your independence.  These injuries can be prevented by installing bath grab bars. Grab bars of all shapes, sizes, colors and finishes are available and shipped direct to your home or office at Grab-Bar.com. These ADA compliant hand rails are sturdy, strong and can withstand 250 pounds or more of weight should you lose balance. Stainless Steel Handlebar Grab Bars with no slip hand grips, are also available at Grab-Bar.com.  They are designed for a sturdy grip even if your hands or grab bars are wet. 

Today’s grab bars offer options that are architecturally pleasing for those people not willing to compromise form for function.  Our line of elegant grab bars offer the most discriminating home owner options for an architecturally seamless remodel. 

For homeowners who prefer a shower, new ‘walk-in’ showers are accessible as they don’t require you to climb over a tub side and can accommodate wheel chairs.Most walk-in showers now have attractive and contemporary designs made with the use of glass or fiberglass, combined with tiles.  Shower seats can be built in or portable bathtub benches are available for comfort and stability. 

If your home includes stairs, considering the addition or enlargement of a first floor bath may be advisable.  A good handicap access builder or remodeler can usually rework a floor plan to accommodate wheel chair access as well as install all of the necessary features for home safety. 

Safety in the bathroom is paramount to preventing injury and adding bath grab bars from Grab-Bar.com can be the difference between dependence and independence. In keeping with the ADA rules, there should be three bath grab bars in the tub, with one strategically located at the head of the tub and the other two on the back wall of the tub. Similarly, when it comes to the shower, you can also choose two or even three bath grab bars that are available at Grab-Bar.com, one to add 33-36 inches from the floor of the shower. The other two fittings for the grab bars should be determined by the size of the shower, this according to ADA bath installation rules.


Alternative Grab Bar users

January 27, 2012

It’s well known that grab bars are the most effective way you can stay safe in your home or bathroom.  ADA compliant safety rails are incorporated into homes and offices in non-traditional areas as well, to create a safer and more secure environment.  Safety is not just for seniors, but all members of the home or staff.  Here’s a few examples of other places where grab bars can be used:

  1. Grab bar instead of towel rack – Most people would not think about installing grab bars in the position where the towel racks usually are in the bathroom. This makes a lot of safety sense since there are those who get into the habit of holding on to the towel rack for support when they are getting out of the bathroom, only to realize it is not as sturdy as they think. To prevent a fall while coming out of the shower, it would be best to install the Straight Stainless Steel Grab Bar with Safety Grip from Grab-Bar.com. These grab bars can be installed horizontally and can also double as a sturdy towel rack.
     
  2. Grab bars next to the bed –A grab bar next to the bed as it can aid a person with severe back problems get in and out of bed without difficulty. A pregnant woman in her third trimester may also have difficulties getting out of bed; she too can use the grab bar to bolster most of her weight to get in and out of bed as well. The best way to install a grab bar in the bedroom is vertically and for this room, we recommend the trendy decorator grab bars available at Grab-Bar.com. There are many colors to choose from and you are sure to find one that would fit in perfectly with your color scheme.
     
  3. Grab bars for stairs: For an elderly or sick person, even three steps in the home can prove to be a challenge when climbing. To alleviate this problem, there is the Universal Swing Away Grab Bar which can be installed on the side wall of the steps. Available at Grab-Bar.com this versatile grab bar is heavy duty and flips up for access and also offer left or right handed installation. It is32” in length making it much easier for one to ascend and descend the steps.
     
  4. Grab bars for closets:  Small living spaces mean little room for storage; you may have limited closet space in your home as well. If you have more clothes than you have closet space, you can install a grab bar or two on the inside door of your closet and hang the extra clothing on them. The grab bars that are available at Grab-Bar.com are sturdy enough to hold everything from your work jackets to winter jackets.

Welcome

January 6, 2012

Welcome to the grab-bar.com blog.

In the coming months we will be blogging about bathroom safety and independent living.