Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux.
Anyone who must rely on a grab bar to get in and out of the bathtub or shower no longer has to have a bathroom with a hospital look. Grab Bars have never been so stylish and can be hidden in plain sight disguised as a towel rack toilet paper holder or soap dish. Integrated Support rails can blend right in with functional and practical bathroom accessories like a circular accent ring around a shower fixture or beside a toilet a discrete hand rail that also doubles as a paper roll holder with room for extra rolls. Luxurious Shower Seats that thinly fold against a shower wall are also more readily available for stylish safety. Other designs that integrate style with safety are also available to an aging population who prefers to age in place and stay in their own homes in their twilight years.
Since they are just as sturdy in your home too as they are in a hospital room so dont think that because they are in your home that they are not going to be as good as the grab bars in a clinic or a public restroom. To ensure safety these grab bars are anchored into the wall with screws and even come with drywall anchors and other safety measures to ensure that they dont come out of the wall. With a capacity of two hundred fifty pounds of dead weight pressure this will support just about anyone and of course these grab bars can be amped up to hold more weight than they normally would. It all depends on installation and care.
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.
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.