Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
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.
Bathrooms are full of hazards and for those with restricted mobility including the elderly disabled and even those just slightly unsteady on their feet using the bathroom can be a difficult even dangerous exercise. Bathroom floors are traditionally wooden covered with linoleum vinyl or tiled all of which can become slippery when splashed with water and cause a bathroom user to lose their footing possibly injuring themselves. Bathroom facilities are often difficult to use for even people with only slight mobility impairment. Taking a bath or shower over the tub can be hard as it requires a person to step over a high ledge and lower themselves into the bath tub which can also itself be slippery.
Some safety bars are fold away in function particularly ones meant for use around toilets which then gives the option for either use depending upon who needs the bar or not and there are smaller more temporary installations that clamp on the side of a bathtub to assist with getting in and out. The most important rule to follow in a permanent installation is that any safety grab bar must be attached to a wood wall stud or a pre-placed interior wall block 2 x 6 or 8. Common wall anchors or molly bolts are not acceptable and could just be a problem and or worse yet an injury later. After saying all that I know there is a wall anchor out there that meets mounting standards and is called Toggler I have personally never used any of these but they are supposed to be acceptable for mounting grab bars when no stud in the wall is available in the position needed.