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BLOOMFIELD, CT, June 17, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Vision impairment is strongly associated with falls. Two of the vision limitations most commonly associated with falls are reduced visual field and impaired contrast sensitivity.
The majority of falls occur in the bathroom. Grab bars can help you regain your balance and prevent these falls, but aren't helpful if visual impairment prevents you from grasping the bars quickly. That is why Andrea Tannenbaum, president of AdaptMy.com, highly recommends bathroom grab bars with a strong contrasting color to the walls.
High contrast colors are much easier to see for people with impaired vision, especially in locations that may be dim such as in the shower or bath," says Ms. Tannenbaum. She adds, "Increasing non-glaring lighting in the bathroom and eliminating shadows are other fall prevention solutions that should not be overlooked."
Grab bars with bright colors, such as the Ponte Giulio collection, contrast nicely with either neutral or bright colored walls, as long as an opposing hue is chosen. Black and brown colors or grab bars with a dark metal finish such as Oil Rubbed Bronze work well on light colored walls.
To overcome a reduced visual field, grab bars should be placed throughout the bath area and at a height appropriate both for seeing and grabbing. L-shaped grab bars provide both height and width coverage, while corner grab bars offer fall protection across two walls. You could also use a combination of smaller specialty grab bars to provide support in small areas.
Preparing for potential falls is smart. Grab bars don't have to look medical or "old". Nicely styled, properly placed and appropriately colored grab bars look right at home in the bathroom, making the room a place of comfort and safety instead of concern.
Dynamic Living Inc, serving seniors since 1997, is a leading distributor of products that promote a convenient, comfortable and safe home environment. They can be reached at 866-993-0783.
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