Last week the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) outlined its study of bathroom related injuries in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Jeez, file that one under – the name of the report… is scarier than the report!). Bottom line is that the bathroom can be a pretty dangerous place and the likelihood of an at home injury– is that it is going to be in the bathroom.
Although the risk of injury increased with age, the report showed a high instance of slipping in the tub or shower regardless of age. Thus, I thought it was a good time to talk about “grab bars”. So whether the CDC has scared you into action, you’re a card carrying AARP member, or you’re just a little clutzy (OK, a lot clutzy) like me then maybe you should consider installing a grab bar in your bathroom. Preferably install it next to or in your tub or shower.
Good News! Grab Bars don’t look like grab bars anymore. Check out these contemporary bars that won’t compromise your cool bath from Smedbo, Paul Decorative, Nameeks or Kohler. If you’re sportin’ the traditional look, Moen has a traditional offering in the Kingsley series.
If you want to install one in your existing tiled shower or bath, check out my previous blog “Put Down the Power Tools” for another modern option from No Drilling Required.