An Evaluation of Grab Bars to Meet the Needs of Elderly PeopleBy Sanford, M. Arch., Jon A. Megrew, M.S., Mary Beth Rehab R&D Center on Aging (153), Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia; Assistive Technology, Vol 7.1
(Pages: 36-47) Publication Date: 1995
This article reports the results of a study which evaluated the effectiveness and safety of grab bars used by elderly individuals as assistive devices for getting on and off the toilet. The study utilized a repeated measures research design to assess four types of grab bar configurations each at two different toilet seat heights. Subjects were videotaped getting on and off the toilet seat and were interviewed both before and after the test. The authors describe the test results and question the appropriateness of ADA accessibility guidelines for grab bars. Tables show test results, and photos and drawings show grab bar installations. A list of references is provided.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
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