Grab Bars / July 30, 2018 / Laura Endrizzi
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.
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.
This will give him or her a place to steady themselves while taking off clothing in case spilled water or condensation makes your bathroom floor slippery. Second you should place a grab bar on one of the side walls of your bathtub or shower stall; this bar should be placed at an angle and will provide your loved ones with a place to steady themselves as they enter the tub or shower. Finally you should have a grab bar running along the back of your bathtub or shower stall; this bar serves primarily as a place to reach out to in case of an accident. There are additional safety measures you can take to make bathing even safer for elderly members of your household- you can for instance invest in a walk in bathtub or walk in shower which would eliminate the barrier between the tub and the rest of the bathroom and reduce the risk posed by stepping over the tubs or showers edge. With the American population growing older on average every year many businesses have begun to cater to the needs of elderly consumers who want to age gracefully in their own homes.