Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
This can make it so difficult to get out of a shower. With a grab bar this is made simple once again. Since you can put them anywhere in the shower you can find yourself having something to hang on to at waist height or at standing level you have an aide to step out. If you are a person that bathes in the bathtub versus standing for long periods in the shower having one at the tub level to push or pull yourself up on is ideal - and with the two hundred and fifty pound weight capacity you can pretty much ensure that you can lean as heavily as you like without compromising safety. If getting out of the shower isnt a problem perhaps your body has trouble riding from a sitting position on the toilet.
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.
An old saying "Better safe than sorry" can be rightfully applied when you do up your bathroom and use equipment that will keep you out of harms way. When you plan the layout of your bathroom try to design a good combination of textured floor tiles grab bars bath lifts and shower seats. You can position the grab bars in such a way that the dangers are eliminated. For instance you can place one grab bar outside the shower area or bathtub to aid your family member to undress before stepping into the tub or shower. This will help if water is retained on the slippery floor or if there is any type of condensation. If you provide bathroom grab bars on either sides of the bathtub or shower at an angle it can help them use the support when removing their clothing so that they do not slip and fall.