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Access to Bathtub Grab Bars: Evidence of a Policy Gap

Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement

Author: Edwards,Nancy, Birkett,Nicholas, Nair,Rama, Murphy,Maureen, Roberge,Ginette, Lockett,Donna
Year: 2006
Type: Journal Article

Abstract:

ABSTRACTThis paper examines access to bathtub grab bars in privately and publicly owned apartment buildings and explores the profile of seniors who have access to bathtub grab bars. Results indicate that bathtub grab bars were significantly more prevalent in apartments that were publicly owned (91.3%) as compared to privately owned (37.8%) (p < 0.05). Results of a logistic regression for participants residing in non-universal-access buildings indicated that seniors were more likely to have grab bars in their bathtubs if they were older, were in poor health, had had a fall in the previous year, or used a mobility aid. Among those who did not have bathtub grab bars, 33 per cent reported fear of falling while bathing, 20 per cent reported difficulty bathing, and 23 per cent were found to have impaired balance. Findings are discussed in light of policy implications for universal access to grab bars, with apartment buildings being a logical place to start.


Further Details

Full Title Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement
Pages 295-304
Volume 25
Issue 03
ISBN/ISSN 1710-1107
Electronic Resource Number doi:10.1353/cja.2007.0002
Access Date 2006
Keywords aging, seniors, falls prevention, grab bars, policy, universal access, safe bathing practices, vieillissement, personnes âgées, prévention des chutes, barres d'appui, politique, accès universel, sécurité dans la baignoire

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