Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
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.
What can you do to have style function and safety in your bathroom without breaking the bank or a hip? One solution can be choosing decorative grab bars or increased safety bathroom accessories. Heres 5 steps to guide you through this process. Step 1 - Identify the features and benefits you need - Since these bars and accessories come in many sizes shapes and styles youll want to identify what features and benefits are most important to you. Some items to consider are: Choosing an ergonomic universal design- curved and rounded designs are easier to grip than straight designs. Also a research study done by the University of Buffalo determined a wave or curved designed bar was more ergonomic than a straight bar due to the angle of a bar when a person gripped the bar.
Bathroom grab bars are highly beneficial to elderly people as it gives support to move around without falling or slipping. It is also useful to people with movement disabilities as maneuvering around the restroom or bathroom can prove to be dangerous without proper support. Grab bars or hand rails are quite useful to people who lack the ample amount of strength to move around. It can also be fixed in different parts of the house to move around efficiently. Significance and Installation: Usually bathroom grab bars are installed in places which are used by the differently abled. These hand rails act as safety devices which can be used by weak and handicapped people to move around safely.