Grab rails in the bathroom

Grab rails in the bathroom

Grab rails positioned beside a bath or shower can assist you with transferring in and out of your bath or shower. They can be used in combination with other bath or shower equipment. However, the position and type of rail required will depend on your height, reach, strength and dexterity. Consideration has to be given to what the function of the grab rail will be.

Is it to push or pull against when standing up from a seated position?

To provide a steadying support while sitting down?

To provide a firm grip when transferring from one position to another?

For balance when standing, walking or dressing?

It is recommended that you have an assessment with an occupational therapist or trusted assessor before having grab rails installed or via a private Occupational therapist. Read more on obtaining an occupational therapy assessment.

Check that the rail is comfortable to hold, especially if you have weak or painful hands.

There should be sufficient room between the rail and the wall to allow you to secure a strong hand grip. It is recommended that this space (between the wall and the rail) should be about 4 - 6.5 cm.

It is recommended that the rail should have a diameter of between 3 - 4.5 cm.

Coloured rails that contrast with the wall colour are useful for people who have a visual impairment.

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