Handicap Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
This planning will allow you to add decorative safety rails down the road and will maximize the amount of support this bar will provide. Step 3 - Consider the weight capacity required and where youll want additional support- How much do the people weigh who will be using the bathroom/shower space? The weight capacities of these decorative units can range between 250 and 350 pounds. In addition youll want to consider where youll want (either now or in the future) this additional support. If youre looking inside a tub/shower area you can use bath accessories like soap dishes corner shelves around the bath/shower valves and grab bars to add more support.
Along with the disabled and elderly families with young children and even a pregnant mom will benefit from the extra added security in being able to safely enter and exit a bathtub or shower area. We all know slipping and falling on a wet bathroom surface is no fun and can be dangerous. The first point here is to be sure we have the correct bar. Being that this is a wet environment most bars are stainless steel but there are other moisture resistant choices such as powder coat paint brass and even different shapes that dont quite look like the traditional curve ended institutional stainless although stainless is the most functional and cleans up the best.
Using the toilet can be tricky as a person must lower themselves backwards onto a small area. Having a shower may be difficult as it usually requires a person to step into the shower stall over a small lip and to stand on a slippery shower stall floor. Bathrooms can be remodelled to include wide wet room showers lowered bath tubs or tubs with an opening side door raised toilets and non slip flooring. This is an expensive exercise and there are reasonably priced products on the market that can be incorporated into the bathroom to enable mobility impaired users to safely move around. Grab bars are one of these products. Grab bars can be attached to most smooth bathroom surfaces (the wall the bath or the shower) and provide the bathroom user something to steady themselves on when they are getting in and out of the bath tub or shower or lowering themselves onto or standing up from using the toilet.