Innovative Places for Grab Bars

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. August 24, 2016

Innovative Places for Grab Bars

 

Grab bars are important fall prevention tools. It is becoming common for all of us to see the value of having a grab bar or a security pole in or adjacent to the shower, the bathtub or the toilet.

In fact, the three most common grab bars are:

  • Bathtub grab bars
  • Shower grab bars
  • Toilet grab bars

It is a great idea to have bathroom grab bars. However, there are other places where you may also benefit from the safety and functionality of a grab bar or fall prevention device. Let’s look at some options as we explore each room.

Bedroom: Getting in and out of bed can be a real chore for some of us who suffer from joint pain and other afflictions. The Stander Bed Cane fits under the mattress and provides a nice sturdy handle on the side of the bed to support you as you get in and out. Another fall prevention device, the Stander BedCaddie, can be attached to the foot end of the bed frame. It has 3 handgrips that you can grab to help pull yourself up from a prone to a sitting position.

Hallway: Your hallway can be a challenge to navigate, especially at night. First – always have a nightlight or motion-activated light in areas where you walk at night. Another idea is to install a horizontal grab bar on the wall at the right height that you need for support as you walk – typically 34-36 inches above the floor. Be careful to install the bar so that it is continuous and does not have any gaps.

Living Room: Getting up and down from chairs and couches is a lot easier with any of these Stander products: Assist-A-Tray, Omni-Tray, CouchCane, EZ Stand N Go, and Lever Extender.

Need a hand from a friend or loved one as you get out of a chair or off the couch? Try Stander’s innovative Couch Cane with Handy Handle – which provides a non-slip ring that you and your partner can hold separate ends to assist the other in rising from a sitting position. It’s a lot safer than grabbing each other’s wrist, as your grip may slip.

Kitchen: Often the top panel on the base cabinet under the sink is non-functional. It may look like a drawer, but it is often just a panel that is there for decorative purposes. If you stand at your sink a lot and need support – consider adding a grab bar to this panel. Of course, be sure to reinforce the panel first so that it can support the grab bar and 250 pounds or more of downward force. And remember that our Ponte Giulio grab bars come in many attractive colors and finishes.

Mudroom: Taking off shoes and boots can often be a challenge – especially in a room with limited seating. You might want to consider adding a vertical or a horizontal grab bar to a wall where you often remove your boots and shoes. This will allow you to hold onto something firm as you remove your footwear.

Entry: If your house is like mine and you have one or two steps from your garage into your house, you may want to add a vertical grab bar on the wall next to the door for support. This will allow you to pull yourself up the steps – especially if you have stiff joints or other mobility issues.

Outside: Do you love to garden or walk in your yard? If you have trouble getting around certain areas of your outdoor space or just need some extra support, think about adding grab bars onto solid wood posts. Be sure that the posts are installed deeply and with concrete. Add grab bars along the posts at a height that works best for you to support yourself as you move along the edge of your lawn or garden. The grab bars will look just like the top rail of a fence. Just picture how lovely your garden and lawn will be with any one of the beautiful color grab bars that we offer from Ponte Giulio.

Automobile: To help you get in and out of your car, we offer the Stander HandyBar. This handle attaches to the door latch, providing you a firm support to hold onto when entering or getting out of the car.

Of course the bathroom is a very important room for grab bars. Yet – perhaps a few of these ideas may help you decide other ways and places where you can expand and improve your fall prevention program around your home.

Remember to check out our other blogs to help you decide where and how to install grab bars. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions regarding grab bar installation.




Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.

Author

Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.