All posts by Joey Bolohan

About Joey Bolohan

I founded OC Grab Bars in 2005 when I realized there was a high demand in my community for quality installations of grab bars and general bathroom work. Working with my dad in his construction firm, OC Contractor, Inc. a bathroom remodeling company, gave me the skills necessary to provide you with superior and dependable service. Contact me today I will be happy to help make your bathroom safe and comfortable for the whole family.

Preventing Bathroom Falls and Injuries

Preventing Bathroom Falls and Injuries

Grab bars are an essential enhancement that truly is necessary in the home of anyone over the age of 70. Don’t let pride get in the way; you want to avoid injury, and statistically, if you’re going to take a spill, it’s likely to be in the bathroom. This is why you need a modern, up to date grab bar installation, which can help you avoid slipping and falling, should you ever lose your balance or need support.

If you have ever undergone joint surgery or had problems with those parts of your body, you are doubly at risk. Believe it or not, falls account for nearly two thirds of the injuries people over 55 sustain; if you look at people aged 70+ this increases to over 80%. One of the biggest problems is that even if your joints do work correctly, you can still lose your balance because of weakness elsewhere in your frame.
Here are three big reasons you should consider using bathroom safety bars:

• Your personal safety – No doubt about it, this is the prime concern. When you look at it statistically, protecting yourself in the bathroom is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your ongoing good health.
• Cost – Having a custom grab bar installation probably costs less than you may imagine. Dealing with OC Grab Bars means that you’re always going to be paying a fair price for excellent labor, parts, and installation.
• Customer service – If you have ever needed to deal with companies over the internet before, you understand that a good reputation online is worth its weight in gold. All of our work and products have a guarantee, and our customers are always satisfied.

So if you’re interested in learning more about how you can continue independent living by contracting with OC Grab Bars to install grab bars in your bathroom or other areas of your house, contact us today. We would love to show you how we can help increase your safety and peace of mind for a reasonable cost.

Grab Bars – Why Installing Them in your Bathroom is a Smart Move

Grab Bars – Why Installing Them in your Bathroom is a Smart Move

As we age, we begin to take notice of certain things that we formerly took for granted. Moving around, getting up and down stairs, and in and out of cars all gradually become more and more difficult as we get older. You never want to take a risk with your health, and one of the things which can help mitigate one of the biggest dangers you will face is having OC Grab Bars installed in your bathroom.

It’s true; the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in your house, believe it or not, particularly as you age. You don’t want to suffer a fall in the tub, or any of the other compound accidents which can occur in a bathroom. Having our bathroom safety bars can really allieviate any of your concerns about falling.
Whether you have us install the handicap grab bars next to your toilet, bath, or both, you and your family will both rest easier knowing that you will never be likely to take a spill in the bathroom. It really helps you have peace of mind, knowing that you aren’t going to be trapped in your bathroom, and that you can continue to enjoy independent living for a long while yet.

There are many different models of grab bars and rails that we can help install to fit your needs. Horizontal, vertical, even diagonal, we truly do it all. If you have ever had surgery, particularly hip or knee replacement surgery, you need to tailor your environment to your own specific needs, and that is exactly what we do.

Imagine if you are about to take a slip in the bathroom. Perhaps you are getting in or out of the shower, perhaps you’re getting on or off the toilet. Regardless of what you’re doing, and whether or not you have had to deal with recent surgery, this can really be a danger to you, that the installation of a few simple grab bars can avoid. Contact us today for more information.

OC Grab Bars- About OC Grab Bars

OC Grab Bars began in 2005, over the last eight years we have helped many elderly, injured, and recovering men and women feel safe and secure when bathing or getting up the stairs. OC Grab Bars began when the owner, Joey Bolohan, realized there was a great need for grab bars in Orange County; he also realized the growing elder population not only in Orange County but also throughout the state.

OC Grab Bars is a one-stop business that does it all. We install grab bars, shower chairs, hand held showerheads, toilet safety bars, and even toilets. All of our products are ADA certified and come with a 100% guarantee for life. We strive for excellence here at OC Grab Bars and pride ourselves on giving our customers the guarantee they deserve with a warranty that won’t let them down.

OC Grab Bars services all of Orange County and the surrounding areas. We work with non-profit agencies such as the Council on Aging; we also work with many rehabilitation centers and case managers. OC Grab Bars is a business that works with everyone, we even take the time out of our day to speak with anyone about questions they may have, even if they are out of state.

Call OC Grab Bars today to have grab bars installed in your home or your parent’s home. Grab bars help thousands of people everyday in their homes in order to help them to continue their quality of life; let us make a difference in your life or your parents lives. Call us today for a free estimate either over the phone or in home.

Joey Bolohan

Why Installing Grab Bars Is Important!

OC Grab Bars- Why Installing Grab Bars Is Important

As we age, falls in the home and bathroom occur more often then they use too. It is estimated that in one year, 234,000 elder adults were treated in the emergency room due to slipping or falling in the bathroom. Out of the elder adults taken care of in the emergency room, one third of them, aged 65 and older, were treated with fractures after falling in the bathroom. Where as adults 85 and over, 38% of them were hospitalized due to falling.

If out of the 30% of adults who suffered a hip fracture due to falling had installed Grab Bars in their bathrooms they could have avoided a trip to the emergency room. Grab Bars are a safe and affordable way to ensure safety in the home and in the bathroom. There are multiple areas and ways Grab Bars can be installed in the home. For example you could have them in your shower, near the toilet, in the entryway to your home, in the garage, and even in the back patio.

OC Grab Bars assesses where Grab Bars are needed in the home due to your specific needs. We offer a free assessment when we come to your home and show you where the best places would be due to our experience and knowledge. Some of the ways Grab Bars can be installed are horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally.

Grab Bar installation is not something the elderly or any adult should mess around with. Grab Bars can save everyone time and money, it’s the simple and affordable way to secure your safety in the home and the bathroom. Don’t hesitate and call us today for a free assessment and to hear about what we offer here at OC Grab Bars.

By: Joey Bolohan

What position should we place a grab bar?

OC Grab Bars – Handicap Bathroom Safety Grab Bar Installers

Grab bars are an essential part of any home where the occupant is elderly or has undergone joint surgery. Falls and accidents account for almost 60% of all injuries for people over 55 and nearly 80% for those over 70. The main problem is that with age, weakness in the joints and limbs can cause imbalance; since the joints are weaker it becomes almost impossible for an elderly person to steady themselves after losing balance.
OC Grab Bar Installers in Orange County, California can provide a whole range of bathroom safety grab bar options to accommodate all of your home safety needs

Horizontal Grab Bars
By having horizontal grab bars installed it aids in giving you the ability to push upward or reach in from an entry point. Most people find it easier to push down on a grab bar than to pull on one, therefore horizontal grab bars are the most commonly used bars when sitting in a shower chair.

Diagonal Grab Bars
Diagonal Grab Bars are placed at a slight angle in order to enable someone with weak or painful arms and/or wrists. Diagonal Grab Bars aid in supporting his/her forearm on the bar while pushing upward, thus spreading the body weight over a larger area.

Vertical rails
Vertical Grab Bars are used to help pull oneself into a standing position. Grab bars are only as strong as the wall to which they are placed and the equipment that is used. OC Grab Bars will assess each shower for the best possible mounting position according to the wall strength or sub straight. After having an operation, especially knee, back or hip surgery; it is important to consider the coming months. Having grab bars installed can help prevent any further injuries due to instability or pain. In order to prevent further injury and surgery, OC Grab Bars can install grab bars around your home. OC Grab Bars can give you the piece of mind you deserve by helping you to still keep your independence throughout recovery.
If you or your families have any concerns or questions about having grab bars installed in your home, OC Grab Bars would be more than happy to answer all your questions in order to put your mind at ease. For more information visit www.OCGrabBars.com

By Joey Bolohan
joey@ocgrabbars.com
Owner/Installer

Bathroom Safety Tips

With our bathrooms being the most dangerous rooms in our homes, there is absolutely no reason why we can not still enjoy a relaxing bath. Most of the bathroom injuries occur when someone is entering or exiting their tub or shower enclosure. Age is not a factor in bathroom accidents as children and older adults’ account for more than 235,000 bathroom accidents each year. The following are some safety tips on how to prevent slip and fall accidents in your bathroom.

Install grab bars in or near your bathtub or shower enclosure. There are many different types to choose from and are even made to fit over the edge of a bathtub. Grab bars are also available in several different heights. It is important that you have your grab bars professionally installed. This is not a ‘do it yourself’ project.

Have a professional install a tension pole between the floor and ceiling in your bathroom. This will provide extra support while you move around your bathroom.

Purchase a bathtub bench or chair to help you get into and out of your bathtub. These benches are made to fit over the side of your bathtub and even come with back rests for extra support.

Place non-slip bath mats or treads inside of your bathtub. This way you will avoid spilled shampoo or a dropped bar of soap making the bottom of the bathtub more slippery. There are also non-slip decals you can purchase to help prevent slip and falls.

Use non-slip bath rugs on your bathroom floor.

Always keep the toilet lid down just in case you need to sit down quickly after exiting the shower or bathtub.

Leave yourself plenty of time to take a shower or a bath. Rushing will only increase the chance of you slipping and falling.

Install a bathroom intercom system in the event you can not get out of the bathtub or shower when someone else is home. This way you can easily call out for help and assistance.

Keeping Mom and Dad safe in their home

As our parents age it is the children’s job to make sure that mom and dad are safe in their home as falls in the bathroom increase in people who are 65 and older. This is due to poor circulation, certain diseases such as diabetic neuropathy (numbness in the feet), high blood or low blood pressure not to mention osteoporosis which makes the bones more susceptible to breaking during a fall.

As children get older it is only natural for them to leave home and go about their own life which leaves mom and dad by themselves. When the children are busy with their own families and careers visiting mom and dad generally become less and less. Keep your parents safe while you are away and help prevent a bathroom accident by haing grab bars installed in their home.

Purchase an elevated toilet so elderly parents do not have to bend down so far.

Install grab bars next to the toilet to provide extra support while getting on and off of the toilet.

Install grab bars in the bathtub or shower enclosure so your parents have something to hold onto in the event they loose their balance.

Install a hand-held shower along with a bathtub bench or chair so your parents do not have to stand while taking a shower or try to stoop low to sit inside of the bathtub.

Reduce the hot water temperature to less than 120 degrees to prevent scalding on thin elderly skin.

Keep a nightlight in the bathroom on at all times. This will prevent your elderly parents from tripping over the bathroom rug in the middle of the night as the elderly tend to shuffle their feet.

Use rubber non-skid mats or decals in the bathtub or shower enclosure.

Place shelving in the tub or shower so shampoo and soap can be reached easily.

Install a toilet grab bar so your parents can have better stability while getting on and off of the toilet.

Install a bathtub rail for stability and something to grab onto while exiting and entering the tub area.

Our parents took care of us for many years, it is our time to take care of our parents and make sure they are safe just like they did for us. This is what family is all about. Your parents will definitely appreciate your help.

After having an operation, knee, back or hip surgery

OC Grab Bars – Handicap Bathroom Safety Grab Bar Installers

Grab bars are an essential part of any home where the occupant is elderly or has undergone joint surgery.  Falls and accidents account for almost 60% of all injuries for people over 55 and nearly 80% for those over 70.  The main problem is that with age, weakness in the joints and limbs can cause imbalance; since the joints are weaker it becomes almost impossible for an elderly person to steady themselves after losing balance.
OC Grab Bar Installers in Orange County, California can provide a whole range of bathroom safety grab bar options to accommodate all of your home safety needs

Horizontal Grab Bars
By having horizontal grab bars installed it aids in giving you the ability to push upward or reach in from an entry point.  Most people find it easier to push down on a grab bar than to pull on one, therefore horizontal grab bars are the most commonly used bars when sitting in a shower chair.

Diagonal Grab Bars
Diagonal Grab Bars are placed at a slight angle in order to enable someone with weak or painful arms and/or wrists.  Diagonal Grab Bars aid in supporting his/her forearm on the bar while pushing upward, thus spreading the body weight over a larger area.

Vertical rails
Vertical Grab Bars are used to help pull oneself into a standing position.  Grab bars are only as strong as the wall to which they are placed and the equipment that is used.  OC Grab Bars will assess each shower for the best possible mounting position according to the wall strength or sub straight. After having an operation, especially knee, back or hip surgery; it is important to consider the coming months.  Having grab bars installed can help prevent any further injuries due to instability or pain.  In order to prevent further injury and surgery, OC Grab Bars can install grab bars around your home.  OC Grab Bars can give you the piece of mind you deserve by helping you to still keep your independence throughout recovery.

If you or your families have any concerns or questions about having grab bars installed in your home, OC Grab Bars would be more than happy to answer all your questions in order to put your mind at ease.  For more

information visit www.OCGrabBars.com

By Joey Bolohan
Owner/Installer