Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux.
Who really wants their shower or bathroom to look like a hospital room or somebodys grandmother lives there? There in lies the challenge with choosing a grab bar for a shower or bathroom project in a residential home. The first places these types of safety handrails were used were in institutional settings (hospitals schools etc.) where function and security were all that mattered. These original bars did not need to win any style points. This situation no longer exists. Fortunately people are living longer and they want to stay and enjoy their homes - but unfortunately most existing shower and bath spaces dont function well if a persons mobility is not what it used to be.
Another advantage of installing grab bars in bathrooms is that it provides ample support to elderly people. It is also useful to people who tend to fall or slip without balance. Most people experience serious injuries due to accidental falls. This can be considerably avoided with the use of hand rails. The chances of falling are reduced to a large extent with the installation of grab bars. However it is necessary to know that grab bars can seldom be used by people who are totally handicapped. It is designed to provide support to people who can use their limbs partially. These bars are not designed to support the entire weight of the body for a long time.
Most grab bars are not designed to take a persons full body weight. Installation of grab bars is easy if they have the suction cup base you just stick the suckers on. This type of grab bar is easy to remove and re-install in another area. Most grab bars are however made for screw fixing which makes them a more permanent fixture. Grab bars can be made of plastic or chrome and can fit with most bathroom colour schemes. More expensive grab bars that have the suction cup type base include a suction indicator to show if the product is attached correctly and a soft grip finish making them more comfortable to use. The price of grab bars ranges from a couple of dollars to upwards of $40 depending on the material it is made of and the added features that it includes. This estimate of cost does not include installation.
Determining if you need a smooth or textured grip Identifying the length of the bar - these units can vary in length from 24" to up to 54" long. Consider looks and style -function is important - a stylish design combined with function is even better. Determine if you would prefer a healthier product- Some bars are made with Saniguard to reduce the risk of bacteria mold and mildew. Step 2 - Design in safety for new home or remodeling project - If youre building new or remodeling now is a fantastic time to plan for your future needs. When the project is in the rough framing stage add wood backing in places where you think you might need some type of support in the future.