Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)

Grab Bars


Bars to hold for balance.


About Grab Bars 


Grab bars are safety devices that help a person maintain balance, stand up, sit down, or prevent a fall. They are often seen in bathrooms to help with safety during toileting and bathing. Grab bars might also be placed in other areas like the kitchen, entryway, or seating area.

What kinds of grab bars are there?

In-Wall Grab Bars

They can be placed up and down (vertical), side to side (horizontal), or on a slant (diagonal). There are specific guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding grab bars in public locations. It is important that grab bars are installed securely in the wall so that they don’t fall out when someone leans on them. Make sure to consider the height, weight and ability of the person when choosing products to install.

Some grab bars are multi-purpose. They act as grab bars and something else, for example a toilet paper holder, a towel bar, a shampoo shelf, or a soap dish. This saves space and makes the grab bar looks more integrated into the room.

Suction Cup Grab Bars

These grab bars are easy to install, but support less weight than traditional grab bars that are installed in the wall.

Shower Safety Rail

This option is parallel to the shower wall and fits on most tubs. It helps people get in and out of the tub and helps prevent injuries and falls.

Floor-to-Ceiling Grab Bars

Floor to ceiling poles can be used anywhere in the home to help someone stand up and sit down.

Freestanding Grab Bars

Some types of grab bars are designed for specific uses. There are freestanding frames that go around the sides of your toilet to help you sit and stand safely. There are also “couch canes” and bed assist bars that serve the same function as a grab bar, in areas where you might not be in reach of a wall.


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


  • safety rail
  • grab bar
  • ADA grab bars
  • shower bar


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?