Handicap Bars For Bathroom

Handicap Bars For Bathroom

Grab Bars at Walgreens Using the bathroom can be a hazardous activity, especially if you are getting older or have mobility issues. In order to reduce the risk of falls and make it easier to use the shower, bath, and toilet, you may need the assistance of one or more grab bars installed in your home. Walgreens has a wide selection of products specifically designed to keep you safe in the bathroom. Easy to install and to use, these devices have the potential to be real life savers. The Importance of Bathroom Fall Prevention Out of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom can be one of the most dangerous. Studies have shown that many Americans sustain injuries in their bathrooms every year, and a majority of those injuries are caused by falling. Understandably, most bathroom-related injuries happen in the bath or shower–after all, a slippery floor can easily spell disaster if you find yourself on unsure footing. While seniors 65 and older tend to be more prone to bathroom falls, many people with mobility issues are also at risk. For this reason, it’s important to have some sort of grab bar installed in the shower and around the toilet area to help reduce the risk of falls. Walgreens has a wide selection of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal grab bars that are specifically designed for fall protection. Using Grab Bars for Mobility Issues Individuals with disabilities and mobility issues often find that grab bars situated around the toilet, tub, and/or shower can give them the freedom to safely use the bathroom without assistance. Devices that can be placed around your toilet include side or rear-mounted grab bars attached to the wall, floor-mounted bars, and freestanding grab bars that allow you to easily lower yourself onto or raise yourself off of the toilet seat. Horizontal grab bars in the bathtub make it easier for you to stand up, while safety rails that can be mounted on the side of the tub allow you to get in and out without worrying about falling. In the shower, you might pair a vertical or diagonal grab bar with a shower seat, or simply use these devices for added support if you have trouble standing for too long without assistance. Grab Bar Installation Tips Installing your grab bars correctly is as important as choosing the right devices in the first place. If the bar is intended to support someone with mobility issues, you need to involve that person during installation to make sure that everything is at the right height. Grab bars are usually installed either by screwing them into the wall or by using included suction cups to attach them. If you choose a grab bar that needs to be screwed in, you may want to hire a professional to ensure proper installation. If you choose to do it yourself, however, make sure never to anchor your grab bar in drywall. You need to screw it into your wall studs in order to prevent serious injury from the device coming loose. Grab bars with suction cups are typically easier to install properly on your own, but you still need to closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You shouldn’t have to put your safety at risk in order to perform simple tasks in the bathroom. The grab bars available from Walgreens can easily make your home safer for everyone who lives there. This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.
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Handicap Bars For Bathroom

608.3 Grab Bars – Grab bars shall comply with 609 and shall be provided in accordance with 608.3. Where multiple grab bars are used, required horizontal grab bars shall be installed at the same height above the finish floor. EXCEPTIONS: 1. Grab bars shall not be required to be installed in a shower located in a bathing facility for a single occupant accessed only through a private office, and not for common use or public use provided that reinforcement has been installed in walls and located so as to permit the installation of grab bars complying with 608.3. 2. In residential dwelling units, grab bars shall not be required to be installed in showers located in bathing facilities provided that reinforcement has been installed in walls and located so as to permit the installation of grab bars complying with 608.3. Transfer Type Shower Compartments – In transfer type compartments, grab bars shall be provided across the control wall and back wall to a point 18 inches (455 mm) from the control wall.      Figure 608.3.1 Grab Bars for Transfer Type Showers
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Handicap Bars For Bathroom

Standard Roll-In Type Shower Compartments – Where a seat is provided in standard roll-in type shower compartments, grab bars shall be provided on the back wall and the side wall opposite the seat. Grab bars shall not be provided above the seat. Where a seat is not provided in standard roll-in type shower compartments, grab bars shall be provided on three walls. Grab bars shall be installed 6 inches (150 mm) maximum from adjacent walls.   
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Handicap Bars For Bathroom

Back Wall. Two grab bars shall be installed on the back wall, one located in accordance with 609.4 and the other located 8 inches (205 mm) minimum and 10 inches (255 mm) maximum above the rim of the bathtub. Each grab bar shall be installed 15 inches (380 mm) maximum from the head end wall and 12 inches (305 mm) maximum from the control end wall. Control End Wall. A grab bar 24 inches (610 mm) long minimum shall be installed on the control end wall at the front edge of the bathtub.    Figure 607.4.1 Grab Bars for Bathtubs with Permanent Seats Bathtubs Without Permanent Seats Back Wall. Two grab bars shall be installed on the back wall, one located in accordance with 609.4 and other located 8 inches (205 mm) minimum and 10 inches (255 mm) maximum above the rim of the bathtub. Each grab bar shall be 24 inches (610 mm) long minimum and shall be installed 24 inches (610 mm) maximum from the head end wall and 12 inches (305 mm) maximum from the control end wall. Control End Wall. A grab bar 24 inches (610 mm) long minimum shall be installed on the control end wall at the front edge of the bathtub. Head End Wall. A grab bar 12 inches (305 mm) long minimum shall be installed on the head end wall at the front edge of the bathtub.       Figure 607.4.2 Grab Bars for Bathtubs with Removable In-Tub Seats Controls. Controls, other than drain stoppers, shall be located on an end wall. Controls shall be between the bathtub rim and grab bar, and between the open side of the bathtub and the centerline of the width of the bathtub. Controls shall comply with 309.4.       Figure 607.5 Bathtub Control Location
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Handicap Bars For Bathroom

Installing your grab bars correctly is as important as choosing the right devices in the first place. If the bar is intended to support someone with mobility issues, you need to involve that person during installation to make sure that everything is at the right height. Grab bars are usually installed either by screwing them into the wall or by using included suction cups to attach them. If you choose a grab bar that needs to be screwed in, you may want to hire a professional to ensure proper installation. If you choose to do it yourself, however, make sure never to anchor your grab bar in drywall. You need to screw it into your wall studs in order to prevent serious injury from the device coming loose. Grab bars with suction cups are typically easier to install properly on your own, but you still need to closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Handicap Bars For Bathroom

Positioning Your Grab Bars Even a solidly anchored grab bar is useless if it’s in the wrong place. What location is best depends on the particular situation. If you’re installing the bars for a person with a disability or injury, have this person help you decide which location will be most helpful. A physical therapist or an occupational therapist also can help with this decision. For solid anchoring, stud locations are critical too. (Later we’ll tell you what to do if studs aren’t available.) Here are guidelines for placing the bars: Place an 18-in. to 24-in. long bar vertically at the tub edge (Photo 8) to assist in getting in and out of the tub. The bottom of the bar should be 32 to 38 in. above the floor. Position the bar so it can be anchored to a wall stud. Mount a bar at an angle between two wall studs on the long back wall of the tub (Photo 7). The bottom of the bar should be about 6 to 10 in. above the top of the tub. For studs 16 in. apart, a 24-in. long bar provides a nice angle. A person can use this grab bar to help lower himself and get up again. If this bar will be used primarily by a person sitting in a bath chair, raise the bottom to about 18 in. above the tub. Mount a bar horizontally about 36 in. to 38 in. above the bottom of the tub as a convenient handhold while showering.

Handicap Bars For Bathroom

Handicap Bars For Bathroom

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