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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.8 million people 65 and older were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries from falls.  Today there are many modification services and products which allow adults of all ages and abilities to age in place and be independent in the comfort of their own home. Modifications can range from small projects such as grab bars, door levers as opposed to doorknobs with handles to major home remodeling.


Modifications should give residents mobility, safety, and comfort.


According to the Centers for Disease Control, the bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in a home. Slick tiles with water on the floor and the absence of grab bars can be the most hazardous.  Fixtures in a bathroom are not designed to support weight, let alone heaviness of an adult. To keep your one safe, especially in a room where there are slip hazards, it is important to install grab bars. Grab bars are installed into studs to allow support when using the bathtub, shower, or toilet. Grab bars not only help the homeowner but can be used by caretakers for extra support.  There are five basic types of grab bars: wall mounted, seat mounted, floor or ceiling mounted, folding and portable.


The most important aspect of a grab bar is proper installation.  Ensure they are tightly secured to a stud or if installed in drywall with the correct fastener such as _, which can carry up to a load weight 300lb without a stud.


 It doesn’t matter the age of the home, it can be modified and updated according to the changing family lifestyle, with safety in the forefront. Most homes are designed for young adults and families. As adults age, modifications can be made in the home to accommodate different needs and safety requirements.


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