Incorporating grab rails in bathrooms and making spaces accessible is becoming more relevant for individuals and family members as we are encouraged to live longer in our own homes given the increase in home care packages and the desire to live in surroundings that make us comfortable.
The challenge for homeowners, designers and builders is that a lot of the equipment available on the market looks industrial and reminds people of nursing homes or hospitals.
The great news is that there is a solution from an Australian manufacturer called Avail and it is available from Designer Bathrooms Plus. Avail have created grab rails, shower systems and towel rails that meet the Australian Standard, are on trend with style and are available in a variety of finishes including Chrome, Matte Black, Brushed Nickel, Gun Metal and Gold.
Here is what Avail say about their products:
There are many factors that may impact mobility; from injuries, conditions or ageing- no matter the reason your mobility may be hindered, having grab rails installed in your home can make a world of difference in your home. Particularly the bathroom, due to the wet and slippery surfaces, grab rails are an amazing way to help those who need the extra help to be more independent in their own home. Not only do our grab rails make a huge physical difference, but they are also a great way to give people a peace of mind that if they need it, that added support is there.
When choosing grab rails for your home, you need to ensure you pick the ones that suit. The wrong style, size or weight can lead to some nasty situations, so it is best to do your research. Before considering the grab rails you need make sure you have measured the area. Areas like from the shower to the wall or the area around the toilet. Rails that are too short will be made redundant and of no use, so having the proper measurements will avoid that situation. Also ensure that the diameter of the rail is correct because you want the person using it to be able to hold onto the rail comfortably. If it is too wide or narrow, it can be detrimental especially since it is being used for support. You also need to ensure that the rail can take the weight of the person using, including if they slip. Rails are not just used to support but to stabilise any falls, so if it is unable to handle the weight of the person using it, it will cause more harm than good. Also, the finer details count- getting a rail that suits the décor of the bathroom may not seem important, but for the person living in the home having one that suits the décor of the bathroom can help them feel more at home and that is something everybody wants.
Talk to the staff at Designer Bathrooms Plus about the options available from Avail or engage an Occupational Therapist about the right products to suit your specific physical needs and bathroom layout.
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