Would You or Your Loved one Benefit from Grab Bars?
Grab bars are nothing new, you've seen them in public restrooms, hotel rooms, and even retail stores.
The problem is, people with mobility issues need extra support at home too.
Luckily, grab bars can be installed in the home of mobility challenged individuals as well.
For senior citizens and people with mobility difficulties, navigating freely throughout your home without reliable support is not only challenging but also dangerous.
The bathroom spaces within a home can be particularly strenuous and hazardous for people in need of physical aid.
Available in a variety of different options, grab bars give people more independence and strain-free support throughout their day to day in-home experiences.
What is a Grab Bar?
A grab bar (also known as a support bar) is a safety tool that can be anchored into (or suction-cupped onto) a wall to serve as reliable support handles.
A grab bar allows individuals to maintain their balance, lessen fatigue and strain, steady themselves, and help prevent hazardous slips and falls.
They can also be used by caregivers in need of additional support when transferring a patient or loved one from one place to another.
Grab bars are most commonly anchored in a bathroom for safety and support purposes.
Support bars can even be installed near the toilet area to ease the strain and risk of mobility challenged individuals rising from and lowering down onto the toilet seat.
When paired with a raised toilet seat, grab bars make using the bathroom much more accessible, safe, and strain-free.
Another useful place to install one (or multiple) support bars is in or near a shower or tub space.
The bathing experience can be especially dangerous for people needing mobility support, but a grab bar can help make bathing a much safer experience by offering a steady rail to hold on to for support.
Who Would Benefit from Grab Bars
- People with mental or physical disabilities that may make using a bathroom hazardous.
- People who are unable to stand for long periods of time without becoming dizzy or fatigued.
- People who experience difficulties entering and exiting the shower or tub without support.
- People with low body strength or balance difficulties.
- Caregivers who need assistance caring for a patient or loved one, and anyone else who may benefit from a safe and strain-free bathroom experience.
Grab Bar Options
Powder Coated Grab Bars: Product Details
- Durable, white powder-coated steel is attractive and easy to clean
- Mounts vertically or horizontally
- 1 ½" distance from the wall
- Excess water should be wiped off of support bar after each use to prevent rusting
- Available in 12", 16", 18", and 24"
- Lifetime Warranty
- Length 12 - 24"
Suction Cup Grab Bars: Product Details
- Installs and removes without tools or professional installation
- Can be installed at any angle
- Large suction cups provide a firm hold
- Suction cups are 3.75" in diameter
- Release levers make installing and removing the suction cup support bars quick and easy
- Red/Green color indicators on top of the handle show "safe secure" suction or to "re-affix" suction
- Avoid grout lines for proper placement
- Will not damage property
- Use to assist with balance only
- Do not use to leverage body weight
- Always check to make sure the bar is securely attached before using
- Uninstall and reinstall as needed
- Carton Shipping Weight 3.5 lbs.
- Length 12"
- Lifetime Warranty
Get Your Grab Bar Today & Gain More IndependenceIf you or your loved ones need one (or multiple) support bars, Active Lifestyle Products can help! We offer state of the art bathroom safety and mobility equipment designed to make your life easier and more independent. Give us a call today to discuss what our products can do for your active lifestyle.
Grab Bar FAQs
Grab Bars are designed for an added layer of support in areas prone to slips, falls, and strains (such as bathrooms & showers).
It is essential to keep in mind that grab bars are only as strong as their mounting.
Although designed for extra security and safety, not all installment forms are meant to be used for full body weight support.
The type of grab bar most suited for your needs will depend on how you plan to install it and the kind of use you are looking to get out of your grab bar.
For best results, call one of the Active Lifestyle Products specialists today at 832-746-7370 for advice/recommendations.
Our bathroom safety grab bars are specifically designed and tested for mobility support.
Towel bars do not offer sufficient support, and such use would likely result in injury.
Grab Bar Installation Height requirements from the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act):
- Toilet grab bar requirements:
- Bathtub grab bar requirements:
- Shower grab bar requirements:
Toilet grab bars that (are not) in a stall must be installed between 33-36 inches above the finished floor.
ADA requirements state that a minimum of 3 grab bars must be installed for bathtub use-
Two on the back wall- one must be 9 inches above the tub's rim, and the other must be 33-36 inches above the finished floor. The third grab bar must be placed at the head of the tub.
For shower stalls, a minimum of 2-3 grab bars are required (the exact number of bars needed depends on your shower stall).
The bar must be mounted 33-36 inches from the shower floor.For more information on ADA grab bar installation requirements, click here to view section (4.16 - 4.21).
- Mounted grab bars:
- Suction cup grab bars:
Mounted grab bars work best when anchored into reinforced surfaces with high weight-bearing capabilities.
Suction cup grab bars are best installed on smooth, flat, and non-porous surfaces such as tile, acrylic, and fiberglass.