Handicap 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.
There are enough diameters available to keep small or weak hands satisfied too smaller ones for hands that cant grip something so wide. Also available are colored rubber grips that you can attach to the grab bars and make it extra safe to hold on to. Depending on what your bathroom looks like you might think: "I dont want these ugly old grab bars in my bathroom! It will make the place look like a hospital room and I dont want that!" This is a fallacy. The bars come in shining stainless steel and white brushed nickel and old world bronze for that feel of home instead of the cold cruelty of a hospital room. The ends of the bars can be balls or ornate fixtures as well so you dont have to go pick out the standard just because it exists - there are plenty of items to choose from.
If the person who enters the restroom is unable to get up they may risk suffering a number of future ailments including severe bruising bleeding busted blood vessels etc. Depending the impact suffered at the fall and the body part injured the severity of the accident may potentially cause the individual to end up in the hospital. Its always beneficial to make sure that grab bars are installed in your bathroom. There is always a chance that you may have to take care of an elderly family member and not be able to accompany them to the restroom. In the case that it is someone who has trouble getting around you can have great confidence that they will have an easier time sitting standing and walking from one end of the bathroom to the other. Grab bars create less anxiety when it comes to leaving loved ones who have problems getting around at home alone.