Grab Bars

Grab bars are safety devices designed to enable a person to maintain balance, lessen fatigue while standing, hold some of their weight while maneuvering, or have something to grab onto in case of a slip or fall. A caregiver may use a grab bar to assist with transferring a patient from one place to another.  All bathrooms should be fitted with these safety devises. Grab Bars are also commonly installed next to a comfortable chair to aid in getting up. 


Proper Location

Toilet: Position two bars on the toilet wall—one aligned parallel to the floor and about 5 or 6 inches above the seat, Another bar perpendicular to the end of this horizontal bar. This bar should extend at least 16 inches above it and be screwed securely.


Stall Shower/Tub: A stall shower and a tub/shower combo fixture have similar, but not identical, needs. The stall shower should have a vertical bar just inside the shower door jambs where the door closes. This could be on either end of the wall depending on how the door is hung. The point of this bar is to steady the transition between the bathroom floor and the shower floor. But once inside, at least two other bars are recommended.
 

One installed horizontally, slightly above waist-high along the side wall. This should be easily reached with one hand while holding on to the entry bar with the other. Another bar should be attached vertically on the faucet end wall next to the faucet handles to steady bathers as they adjust the water flow and shower head. 


 Keep in mind that the goal of each bar placement is to create a handrail of sorts surrounding the bathtub. Something is always close at hand and the next bar is never too far away.
 

grab bars installed in shower

grab bars installed in shower