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, as well as provide information on the estimated charges for grab bar installation.
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 that.
In the shower area
If the user has limited mobility and cannot stand for long periods of time, you can also consider a shower seat.
Entrance of doorways with a small step
Grab Bar Installation Charges
We can recommend an experienced handyman to perform the installation of grab bars. His 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.
Note: It is important to engage an experienced handyman for the installation as there may be concealed water pipes or hollow tiles, and these situations may affect the installation of the grab bars and their effectiveness.
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