Regardless of whether it is the result of an accident, disease, congenital disability, or age, sometimes simple movements can be a challenge. It is obvious that everyone wants privacy while in the bathroom. For instance, seniors may find it difficult to use bathrooms without seeking help from family members or caregivers. Home grab bars can solve such dilemma and keep everyone in the household happy and comfortable around each other.
While some home grab bars are simple attachments to the walls of bathrooms, others are complicated, decorated devices that provide a safety rail or bar on each side of the bathroom. According to the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), restrooms in commercial or public buildings should be of a width of 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches and be positioned the same distance from the wall. Most home grab bar installation also adheres to these diameter standards.
Who needs rails and home grab bars?
People need home grab bars for varying reasons. But the most common reason is an aging body. Also, people with obesity will find these grab bars useful for sitting down and standing up on toilets and even chairs.
Benefits of home grab bars
Where to install home grab bars
By the toilet
If there is not enough space to install a sturdy toilet frame, a good alternative is a grab bar to provide support for getting on or off the toilet. And, if a toilet has space on both sides, you should consider installing grab rails on either side. Diagonal grab handles are good for either standing or sitting on the toilet. In other words, the grab rails will provide sufficient support and reduce straining the back and legs when sitting or getting off the toilet. Ensure that the grab rails can support your weight and that of other occupants of your home before installing them. Also, it is crucial to choose a type that can match with the type of your wall.
In the shower
Grab bars in the shower are best placed vertically for support when getting into and out of the shower. It can be placed on the far wall either diagonal or horizontal depending on the patient’s preference.
By the bath
A grab handle or rail by the bath can be used with a bath board, a bath seat, or swivel bath seat to provide support for people who find it hard to get in or out of the tub. There are several styles and contemporary designs of home grab bars that you can install by the bath.
Homes with stairs should have additional stair rails to provide sufficient support and safety. Home grab bars are even more important in homes that have bathrooms or toilets upstairs. A home with steps should have grab rails or handles fitted near the door frame to provide support when getting in and out of the house.
Types of grab bars
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