With majority of falls among the elderly occurring in their homes, it is important to fall-proof the bathroom area. Installing grab bars is a simple way to prevent falls, and to also provide users with more support as they carry out their daily activities. In this article, we cover the key areas in the bathroom where you should install grab bars.
Beside the toilet bowl
If there is no wall beside the toilet bowl, you can consider a folding grab bar instead. The folding grab bar will be installed on the back wall and there is an option to flip up and down depending on preference.
Note: If there is a glass partition or wall, it is not recommended to install any grab bar nor use any suction bar on this surface as it is not designed for such a purpose.
In the shower area
If the user has limited mobility and cannot stand for longer periods of time, you can also consider a shower seat.
Entrance of doorways with small step
We can recommend an experienced handyman to perform the installation of grab bars. Installation rates are $35 (standard grab bars), $45 (non-standard e.g. folding grab bars, wall-mounted shower seats) for the first fixture. Subsequent fixtures will cost $10 (standard) and $15 (non-standard) each.
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