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Grab Bars

 

Function: Grab bars helps users maintain there balance, pull them selves laterally across a bench or seat , or sit and rise.

Common Place of Installation: They are commonly installed at toilets, bathtubs and shower. The best location is determined by the bar’s intended use and the user’s body size and capabilities. Active Home use task analysis to determine the best location of grab bars that will maximize it function to the user.

Types of Grab Bars

  • Single wall / Straight Grab Bars
    These are most common grab bars that are widely used. They com in 12″, 16″, 24″, 32″, 36″, 42″, and 48″ length. These bars are available in either 1 ¼” of 1 ½” diameters and all parts are stainless steel. The flanges and bar are welded together to create a solid, single piece unit that is rated to support in excess of 400 lbs. There are many variation of single wall grab bars from simple to luxury grab bars that can satisfy your aesthetic needs.
  • L-shape or Angled Grab Bars
    These grab bars  offers both horizontal and diagonal support in one piece. Universal design for both left and right hand applications. Specialists recommend a 24″ grab bar installed at a 45-degree angle, sloping up towards the showerhead, with the lowest point approximately 9″ above the rim of the tub
  • Floor-to-Ceiling
    The floor to ceiling bars is an incredibly solid, expansion fit, floor to ceiling pole. Designed for those requiring assistance with standing, transferring, or moving in bed. It is helpful for sitting and standing and can be installed in virtually any room. You can place the support exactly where it is needed for valuable assistance beside a bed, bath, toilet or chair. Its is an excellent choice when wall is not available.
  • Floor to wall
    This type of grab bars are options when wall is not available. One end is installed to the floor and the other end to the adjacent wall.
  • Two- walls
    Like the L-type bars it provides both horizontal and vertical support. The difference is it is te horizontal side and the vertical side is located in two adjacent walls.