Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) says that millions of people over the age of 65 years fall each year, causing sometimes serious jury to themselves. That equates to more than one out of four older people.
Many of those falls happen in bathrooms. And many of those falls could have been prevented if grab bars had been fitted in the bathroom.
Make Sure Your Restroom Is ADA Compliant With These Tips
The Americans with Disabilities Act, often called the ADA, was signed into law in 1990. Since then, it has been revised and added to several times.
The latest changes were made within the last two decades. 2008 saw the term ‘disability’ being more broadly defined so that more people would be protected.
There is a lot of history that goes with access panel doors, and in a primary sense, they’ve been around nearly since man existed. They began as simple blockades at the entrance of a cave or a set of guards. Over time they’ve progressed to the metal secured ones we see today.
If you’re not familiar with them, you may be wondering what the heck is an access panel door? What is its use? How do I select one if I need one?
When a person loses his sight, no one blames him for being able to only see shadows and not the sharp lines of whatever he is attempting to see.
Mental health patients have just as much of a vision problem as they have a mental health diagnosis. They see the world through tinted lenses.
To keep patients safe, hospitals and clinics rely on anti-ligature hardware. Someone struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts walks into a typical hospital room and sees dozens of dangerous items.
A person planning to commit suicide will look for any method available. They will scan a room and see potential tools for self-harm where someone else might see a bed frame, a mirror, or a doorknob.
Many suicide attempts take place in mental health or incarceration facilities. As we wrote in an earlier post, 50% of suicides by hanging involve a ligature point lower than the patient’s height. This makes doorknobs and handles a common spot to tie a rope.
A 2013 report at the US National Library of Medicin National Institute of Health reports that over 70 percent of the suicides that take place in psychiatry units in the United States occur by hanging.
Since the majority of suicides occur by hanging and the patients typically used doors and sheets as their tools, the report recommended removing the common anchor points and lanyards from the environment of care.