Grab Rails / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
The most common grab bar that you will find on the market is a standard bar that is made of stainless steel. There are plenty of sizes for you to choose from. Starting out as small as twelve inches these bars are handy additions to any kind of shower. If you need a bigger one you can find them up to six feet depending on your needs. For showers the recommended length is twelve to eighteen inches although larger can be more beneficial. Again it is all in what the user needs. While some attach directly to the wall by their own two ends others come on a single bar that attaches to the shower and a grab handle protrudes from that. There are even grab bars that are designed to wrap around corners and provide complete safety coverage.
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.
Another advantage of installing grab bars in bathrooms is that it provides ample support to elderly people. It is also useful to people who tend to fall or slip without balance. Most people experience serious injuries due to accidental falls. This can be considerably avoided with the use of hand rails. The chances of falling are reduced to a large extent with the installation of grab bars. However it is necessary to know that grab bars can seldom be used by people who are totally handicapped. It is designed to provide support to people who can use their limbs partially. These bars are not designed to support the entire weight of the body for a long time.