These days, instead of moving into assisted living, more and more seniors are electing to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Some of the modern developments that have made “aging in place” more possible are adaptive equipment items, which are also known as home accessibility aids.
These objects are designed to help older people who may have declining mobility handle activities of daily living (ADLs). Continue reading to learn about various types of ADLs that may be able to help seniors.
Here are some of the most common types of bathroom grab bars and shower safety bars:
Standard grab bar: This type of straight grab bar is the most popular kind and can come in different lengths and diameters. They are usually made from aluminum, chrome, stainless steel, or plastic.
Some of them may have a smooth surface while others could have a non-slip, textured surface for even better gripping ability. Standard grab bars are usually permanently installed but they are versatile in that you can choose to install them in either a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal position.
Suction Cup Grab Bar: This is a removable type of grab bar that has suction cups that adhere to shower walls instead of being screwed in. These are great if you think you will want to reposition your bar, are not able to drill hills in your walls, would like a portable option to travel with, or if you only need a grab bar while you are healing from a temporary injury.
Angled Grab Bar: This is a type of grab bar that is angled, usually at 90 or 45 degrees. It is a good option for people who have a limited grip or are suffering from arthritis in their hands.
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