Handicap Bars / July 22, 2018 / Daria Lori.
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.
They can even hold the grab bar firmly to enter the shower area or get in the tub. An ideal solution is to provide a running bathroom grab bars along the bathtub or shower stall to get in easily or get out. Accessories that provide additional safety precautions are also available in case you have elder people residing in your home. You could invest in either a walk in shower or tub so that the rest of the bathroom area is cordoned off to reduce further risks. With the increase in the lifespan of the average American person these functional precautionary steps will help you cater to the needs of your loved ones so that they continue to live safely in the home.
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.
Bathrooms are full of hazards and for those with restricted mobility including the elderly disabled and even those just slightly unsteady on their feet using the bathroom can be a difficult even dangerous exercise. Bathroom floors are traditionally wooden covered with linoleum vinyl or tiled all of which can become slippery when splashed with water and cause a bathroom user to lose their footing possibly injuring themselves. Bathroom facilities are often difficult to use for even people with only slight mobility impairment. Taking a bath or shower over the tub can be hard as it requires a person to step over a high ledge and lower themselves into the bath tub which can also itself be slippery.