Grab Bars – Home Safety & Accessibility



Fixed Folding Toilet Side Rails

If you have trouble with toilet transfers, these side rails can act as a stable grab bar, making for more stable standing and transfers from a wheelchair or walkers. We have talked to many people who have these side rails next to their toilet and their experiences are all the same. They can get up easier and are able to spread the physical workload to their upper body. No more grunting, shaky legs, straining at the knees and hips, or worrying about hitting the porcelain. This is especially true for someone who owns the low or standard height toilets. Simply grab the rails, pull with your arms and stand with your legs. Additionally, they do not take up much space when it is not being used. These fixed folding toilet side rails are also referred to as pull down grab bars. They are fixed mounted on the wall on one side or on each side of the toilet. Push them up flat against the wall when not in use and they will remain mostly unnoticed. Here are some recommended toilet side rails.
-Floor Mounted Fixed Folding Toilet Side Rails – These rails are specially mounted on the floor when you do not want to damage your walls.
-Right Side Fixed Folding Toilet Side Rails – Also available on the left side. These are wall mounted.
-Flip Up Grab Bars – These are wall mounted grab bars that can be flipped up once not in use.



Fixed Toilet Grab Bars

Fixed toilet grab bars do not fold up and may take up a portion of your bathroom area such as the sides or walls nears the toilet. They work well when someone needs stability when approaching and getting up and down on the toilet. Toilet grab bars are often used after an illness, injury or surgery to increase safety and avoid any falls. These fixed toilet side grab bars when compared to fixed folding toilet side rails are relatively inexpensive. Depending on what type you prefer they usually range from $15 to $40. Here is a list of recommended fixed toilet grab bars.
Angled Grab Bars – Angled to provide diagonally and horizontal support next to the toilet.
Chrome Toilet Grab Bars – Supports up to 300lbs.


Toilet Safety Rails

Toilet safety rails can extend from behind the toilet and to the floor, mounted on top of the toilet or on the toilet seat. They offer the same amount of stability as fixed folding toilet rails but they do take up the area on and around the toilet. If you can agree to lose some space, these toilet safety rails are a much more affordable alternative. Here are some safety rails with great reviews.

Regardless of whether a person prefers folding toilet side rails, fixed toilet grab bars or toilet safety rails, be sure to make it a priority in your bathroom. They all can prevent injury and assist in bathroom maneuvering. Installation is quick and easy for most professional DIY’ers but should be tested to make sure they are completely secure. Be sure to give it a nice tug as a test when they are screwed into a wall stud.
-Adjustable Height Toilet Safety Rails – Supports up to 250lbs. Very easy installation.
-Extra Wide Elevated Toilet Seat with Arms and Legs – Has strong steel legs that support bariatric users up to 600lbs. Raises toilet seat height an extra 4 inches. Soft foam padded side rails.

Toilet side rails are available online at the handicapped equipment store and at most durable medical equipment supply stores. Making sure a loved one has as much safety at their fingertips as possible gives everyone a sense of well-being. A bathroom fall has a high incident of serious injury because of the hard floors and exposure to wet areas. Grab bars and side rails increase safety and peace of mind.



Handicap Bars

When someone is handicapped and needs some extra help, it is helpful for them if they can find handicap bars that have been installed in different places to assist them. These bars are frequently found in restrooms and along walkways in public places, but people can also have them installed in their homes to ensure safety while moving around the house.

Handicap Bars for Bathrooms. Having a handicap bar in the house will allow someone to grab onto the bar to prevent a fall. One of the most common places for these bars is the bathroom, where the floor is often slippery. Buy handicap bathroom bars for yourself, friends and loved ones.
Shower Bars They can also be installed in showers and prevent many falls, giving people something to grab onto while climbing in and out. A wet environment is a dangerous place for anyone who has trouble stabilizing their lower limbs. These shower grab bars are capable of supporting weights upwards of 250lbs to 300lbs.

Particularly effective for the shower environment are angle grab bars that can be horizontal, vertical and diagonal at the same time. You can find them with 90 degree right angles or greater than 90 degrees with obtuse angles. They are very convenient for someone who needs grab bars at various angles.
Entering and exiting the curb of a bathtub used to require unsteady lifting of one leg and using anything else as a stabilizer. For many reasons, this proved to be quite dangerous and it was only a matter of time before slips and falls occurred. Handicap bars in bathtubs has changed that whole process. By equipping bathtub grab bars on the side or alongside the walls of the bathtubs, one can use that as a stabling device and safety enter and exit a tub.
A lot of people install handicap bars on the edges and sides of a toilet for extra assistance. They help when someone needs to sit down and when they need a toilet bar to get off the toilet seat. They are also known as toilet safety rails or toilet side rails and are a necessity for the elderly and disabled.
-Chrome Bathroom Grab Bar – Provides support and capable of supporting 250 lbs.
-Stainless Steel Grab Bar – This is a heavy duty grab bar capable of supporting 500 lbs.
-Long Suction Bathroom Safety Grab Bar – Long handle suction grab bar that measures 17 inches long.
-Bathroom Grab Poles – This pole mounts to the ceiling and floor and can be placed in the middle of the bathroom if necessary. Check out more selections of grab poles.


Handicap Bars around the Home

The location around or near the bed makes for a great place to install handicap bed rails; which is used as a transferring and support bar. This is the most affordable bed transfer equipment one can buy.

People can have long handicap rails put in throughout hallways to make the walk easier; it is like having stair railings along the whole wall! Hallway railings also help the elderly move around their home without the assistance of a caregiver. Other useful places in the house to have handicap bars are any of those areas that do not have good sources of light, such as garages or basements. Handicapped railings and handicap bars in one of those places will give someone the confidence they need to get around easily. They can be installed anywhere around the house that someone would like to have them. An unconventional area that people can install handicap bars is on the armrest of chairs, thereby creating a simple handicapped chair. This is especially useful for people who experience fatigue or pain when lifting their body off the chair.



Floor to Ceiling Pole Grab Bar

A floor to ceiling handicap pole bar or a security pole bar can be positioned near a chair in the living room to help those who have trouble standing up from a chair. There is no need to screw nails into the floor and ceiling either. Rubber padding on both sides of the mounted pole limits the amount of damage to the house.
-The handicap pole reaches ceiling heights of 7-9 feet and 10 feet with the extend-able optional pole.
-These are great alternatives to wall to floor handicap bars.



The Security Pole and Grab Bar

The handicap security pole is also sold here (Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar in Black) and may be more affordable. If you are looking for a sturdy floor to ceiling grab bar that can support more weight, consider the bariatric super poles.
-The handicap pole reaches ceiling heights of 7-9 feet and 10 feet with the extend-able optional pole.
-These are great alternatives to wall to floor handicap bars.

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