The location of your walk-in shower or walk-in bath is an easy option to make when building a disability bathroom to meet your mobility needs. It’s not always obvious where to put things like grab rails or a shower bench to make them more accessible.
The placement of these fixtures is essential to ensuring they provide the necessary assistance when needed to carry out designated activities. Understanding about grab rails for walk in baths or showers can help you choose the one that is best for you, leading to a more pleasant bathing experience in the long term.
Just a little amount of effort spent making sure everything is just right could spare you from a lot of hassle and potential harm. Think about how you normally take a bath and the specific functions you require from your bathing equipment as a starting point.
Types of Grab Rails:
Putting up grab rails in a mobility bathroom is a great idea for added security and support. They alleviate stress on your limbs and let you walk about more easily after a bath or shower.
The experts at Mobility Plus can help you achieve the perfect balance of safety and convenience by installing one of four distinct models of grab rail alongside your walk-in tub or shower.
1. Horizontal handrails
In both walk-in tubs and showers, horizontal rails serve as a handhold, making it easier to stand from a seated position and safer to get down without fear of falling due to the rails’ inclination. You’ll find that restroom benches and horizontal grab rails are frequently located next to one another.
Having a vertical grab rail to help you pull yourself up to a standing position is a great convenience to have. They’re particularly helpful in a walk-in shower since you can use them to steady yourself while you wash. Check out our selection of walk-in showers to see how our products are tailored to the needs of those with limited mobility.
3. Grab bars with an angle
If you have trouble pushing up because of weak or painful arms or wrists, an angled grab rail may be a good option because it allows you to rest your forearm on the rail as you do so, distributing your weight more evenly. An angled grab rail provides much-needed stability when getting in and out of the shower or tub.
4. Grab bars at an angle
For those who require assistance in maintaining their balance, such as either rising to a standing position or lowering themselves to a seated position, 45-degree angled rails are a great choice. With the rail at a lower height, you won’t have to bend forward as much to get a good grip on it, and your wrist won’t have to make any awkward twisting motions to do so.
When you’re standing, your hand can go up the rail for further stability. Take a look at our selection of walk-in bathtubs to discover how the slant of our grab bars complements our other bathroom fixtures. The best of both worlds, so to speak, can be found in angled grab rails, which provide two slants in one convenient motion. You can buy chair raisers along with the grab rails for mobility problem.
Guidelines for installing grab bars in wheelchair accessible showers and tubs:
There are optimal rail positions for a grab rail in a walk-in tub that should be considered before installing one.
Assisting in standing from a sitting position in the tub is a horizontal grab bar mounted on the wall about 10 cm above the rim. With one hand on the rail, you can use the other to press against the walk-in tub’s perimeter for support. The typical beginning position for the rail is around 20 centimeters from the end of the bath where the tap is located.
The rail can also be installed at an incline (sloping upwards towards the top of the tub) to supply slanted support. Putting up a vertical rail on the wall, around 60 centimeters from the tap end of the bath, can be helpful if you frequently take showers standing up. The rail’s bottom bracket should be fastened around 20 cm up from the bottom of the tub’s rim.