Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
When installing a grab bar with a suction base the user should; Ensure that it is mounted on a clean smooth flat non porous surface Make sure the handle is securely attached before use if it is loose reapply to the surface until firmly attached Do not place on cracked tiles uneven surfaces or over tile grout Grab bars with a suction base are usually not suitable for use on tiles smaller than 4.7inches x 4.7 inches or 12cm x 12cm. Installing a grab bar that requires screw fixing is a little more technical as solid fixing is required in the wall behind the bathroom linings. Some home owners have difficulty finding this solid fixing without damaging the wall finishes and it is recommended to employ a professional to carry out this type of installation also ensuring the correct and safe installation.
Using the toilet can be tricky as a person must lower themselves backwards onto a small area. Having a shower may be difficult as it usually requires a person to step into the shower stall over a small lip and to stand on a slippery shower stall floor. Bathrooms can be remodelled to include wide wet room showers lowered bath tubs or tubs with an opening side door raised toilets and non slip flooring. This is an expensive exercise and there are reasonably priced products on the market that can be incorporated into the bathroom to enable mobility impaired users to safely move around. Grab bars are one of these products. Grab bars can be attached to most smooth bathroom surfaces (the wall the bath or the shower) and provide the bathroom user something to steady themselves on when they are getting in and out of the bath tub or shower or lowering themselves onto or standing up from using the toilet.
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