Common Grab Bar Uses and Installation Locations
When it comes to mobility in the bathroom, certain add-on features can provide additional safety. One extremely important component for those who need assistance with mobility is well-placed grab bars. Grab bars, also known as safety bars, are a specific type of railing. These bars are placed throughout a room to ensure easy movement between areas, as well as to provide added support during difficult actions, such as moving from a sitting to standing position.
If you are thinking of adding grab bars to your or your loved one’s bathroom, start by shopping our quality selection of grab bars. Our ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) safety bars are both practical in function as well as beautiful in design. Once you have chosen your grab bars, it is time to determine the best locations for installation. Each location featured below offers insights into the reasons for installing a grab bar in this area.
Next to the Toilet
One of the most common areas for installing a grab bar is right next to the toilet. The reason why a safety bar should be placed next to the toilet is the difficulty of moving from a standing to a seated position and back from a seated to standing position for those with lessened mobility. This movement can be extremely dangerous for the elderly and those who have a physical disability. Adding a safety bar to the wall nearest the toilet gives extra support during the process of sitting and standing.
In the Shower or Bathtub Area
Another area that is a particularly high risk for falls is the bathtub or shower. For those with limited mobility, navigating the tub and shower can be extremely tricky. Not only does this area require difficult movements, but it also involves water, which is an added slip risk.
A grab bar can be placed inside of a shower, allowing for support during the showering process. This lowers the risk of slip and falls while showering. Additionally, a grab bar can be placed in a bathtub, making it easier to go from standing to sitting in the tub and vice versa.
Adjacent to the Shower or Bathtub
Lastly, not only is a grab bar a good choice for inside the shower or bathtub area, but it is also wise to place one adjacent to the shower or bathtub. Moving from one area of the bathroom to another can be difficult. The area near to the shower or bathtub is a high traffic space. Having a safety bar near to the tub or shower can ensure safer movement before climbing into a shower or tub.
If you are looking to add grab bars to your or your loved one’s bathroom, shop our selection of safety accessories today. Here at Kingston Brass, we believe in helping you create a safe and beautiful bathroom through the addition of high-quality bathroom products.