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 per 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 space.
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.