Grab Bars / August 2, 2018 / Albertina Davide.
They are easily removed and placed on areas when needed. Your choice will depend basically on the degree of the disability and the person who will benefit it most. Placing some railings that connect to the bars throughout the bathroom is highly recommended for added support. These railings offer continued support to people who have a high degree of difficulty of maintaining their balance. The railings can even be extended to the hallway. It is important that the shower grab bars are easily accessible and set at the proper height and within easy reach of its user. Always place them along the bath tub or shower area and in the toilet which are the common places one always used inside the bathroom. Shower bars usually come in various designs and features. Those that come with more features are more expensive than the simpler ones. Exercise your own judgment on the degree of benefits and advantages that you can obtain when buying grab bars. Because the purpose of a shower grab bar is directed towards safety you should always invest in those that offer good quality and features.
Placed in your bathtub or shower these bars can provide help for seniors by giving extra stability for those initial slippery steps when accidents are most likely to occur. When strategically positioned dangerous falls can be prevented and quite honestly who doesnt want that type of added security? Another great benefit to having these devices is that they are safe to use and generally very easy to install. Grab bars can be made of plastic aluminum or stainless steel and come in a variety of colors shapes and sizes to fit your personal or individual needs. How many will I need? Research suggests that you should install at least two to fully support your weight. However more can be installed if desired. To make sure you are fully protected and you are optimizing your home health products for safety purchase bars that will support the weight of at least 250 lbs.
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.
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.