Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant bars are the only ones to use and are available most anywhere and are fairly simple to install when following the instructions provided with no shortcuts to ensure a proper installation. When installed properly they are rated to withstand a 500 lbs. pull. Most bars come in various lengths from 12 to 48 inches for the straight ones to ones that have right angles and even ones that can be custom made if you have an unusual or specific install situation. Diameters are 1 1/2 (commercial) and 1 1/4 inch with 1 1/2 inch clearance between bar and surface. The 1 1/4 inch diameter is ample for any residential use.
Grab bars are bars that you install in your shower or bathroom to help you move around. You can find them readily in handicapped bathroom stalls or in clinics and hospitals. There are several advantages of getting a few of these installed in your home. For one it will help you safely move around your bathroom as getting in and out of the shower can sometimes be a hassle. If you have weak knees they will take some of the pressure off of rising from the commode. If you simply need something to lean on these grab bars will provide just that and best of all they can go just about anywhere where there is a wall to hang them on. As a body gets older it starts to slow down and move a little differently.
For the handicapped shower grab bars are highly beneficial as they provide good support and stability. This is especially important to people who have poor sense of balance and coordination and are learning self-supporting techniques to take care of themselves while doing their daily activities. The elderly can also get the benefits of using grab bars in the shower or while taking a bath in the bath tub. Grab bars offer better support to people who want to learn to be independent even though they suffer from some degree of disability. The bathroom can be a hotspot for accidents especially for the handicapped and the elderly. They can easily slip or lose their balance and are susceptible to falls.