Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
Remember that grab bars are small enough to go anywhere and can be placed on the wall in front of your toilet or beside it. Since there are several diameters you can try and get one that will fit in the tightest spaces for compact and durable safety. If your greatest fear is that the grab bar wont match whats in your bathroom there is something for you too! Grab bars dont have to be just plain old stainless steel nor do they have to be plain on the ends or attach so coldly into the wall. Available for user enjoyment are other colors such as white or bronze and there are some styles available that are very pretty and pleasant to look at as well. These kinds of grab bars are wonderful additions to your home and best of all the beauty of the items do not take away from the safety they provide.
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.
This is an option to consider when necessary but the best way at all possible is use the studs as first choice. Many bars are installed at an angle to match up with the studs in addition to horizontal and vertical and still will allow versatility for the user. If you are in a remodel situation and have removed the old tub or shower and have the walls open then that would be the time to put in pre-placed 2x6 or 8 blocking between studs for exact placement of bars later just a little planning ahead for placement will make for proper safe installation when finishing the project. Just be sure to write down measurements in order to locate the blocks later for easier installation. So many repair and specialty items are now available to us than used to be with a little direction and the right tools you can also do this job yourself.