Grab Rails / July 23, 2018 / Laura Endrizzi
Grabbing on to items that are not meant for providing support will only make using the bathroom a risky experience. This is especially so in cases where the person tries to grab hold of the sink especially if it is a wall mounted one. Attachments not designed to provide support will only let the grabber down and could result in serious accidents and injuries. All bars and poles come in a variety of surface features and safety designs. You must shop around for the one most suitable for use in your bathroom. You must take into consideration the conditions and needs of the user focusing especially on the weight and also on what the user will need to use the safety feature for. Now more than ever the concept of remaining in our homes well into our senior years is becoming increasingly attractive. But before we make that decision there are some serious issues that need to be considered. First and foremost is our health for no matter how safe we make our home we need to be healthy enough to live on our own or at least with a minimum amount of assistance.
If you install on or two bars on each side the problem is eliminated. Dont worry - grab bars come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that you can fit them in even the tightest spaces to lean on or even in front your toilet so that you can grab onto it and pull yourself up. If the idea of putting smooth metal in your hands doesnt make you feel any safer you can pick up attachments that allow for a better more firm grip. Grab bars can go anywhere they dont have to be in your bathroom but it definitely helps if you need that kind of assistance. If you need one in your kitchen feel free to put it there - these items screw into the wall and once theyre in there they wont be coming out any time soon. If you are worried that they will be ugly and not match your tasteful décor try looking for ones that are brushed bronze or even ones that are ornate enough to suit your homes style.
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.