A properly selected, located and installed grab bar is easy to use by remembering these common practices:
Make sure that both of your hands are free and not holding onto any item including a towel
Grip bars securely with at least one hand, both hands if possible
Be sure that your hands are dry and free of soap or lotions
Plan your route carefully and take each step with purpose and care
Provide adequate light and a fan that works properly to remove all steam from the room
If you are stepping out of a bathtub, be sure to lift your foot high enough over the edge of the tub, firmly plant your foot on the floor outside the tub and securely grab a bar outside the tub as you exit the tub
Watch your step and be sure the floor in front of you is free of tripping hazards
If you use throw rugs, be sure that they have a rubber backing, are flat on the floor (not bunched) and will not slip
Make the surface of your bathtub or shower slip free – otherwise, add floor grips or mats
Always get someone to assist you if you are insecure about moving even if you have grab bars or other mobility aids*
It is important to note that a towel bar is not a designed to be a grab bar. It is not of the approved ADA grab bar dimensions, is not properly anchored and is not designed to support a person’s weight.
*Your use of a grab bar is dependent upon your health, mobility and physical condition. Regularly consult with your physician about your mobility and its effect on your being able to use grab bars. If you are unsure about using a grab bar, then stop using them and talk with your doctor about other forms of mobility aids and assistance.
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