Toilet Grab Bars
Toilet grab bars are a great idea for any bathroom in the home. They will give support to anyone looking for that extra push to help them get off the toilet. There are a few types of toilet grab bars that work great and a few that don't work so well. We will go over a few of them here, along with some over all bathroom safety tips to prevent falls in the home. If you suffer from poor balance, arthritis, limited mobility, or any injuries, you know how difficult many everyday activities can be. Don't let something as simple as using the bathroom be one of them! Using Toilet Safety grab bars offers secure assistance when sitting on, or standing up from, the toilet.
Toilet Safety Support Frame Rail Grab Bar
This is the Safety Support Frame Rail Grab Bar they are easy to install toilet grab bars, to install these bars you would take the toilet seat off and set the toilet grab bars down. Then place the toilet seat back on top of the rails, put the bolts back in, and tighten back up. Pros: The toilet grab bars are easy to install on your own toilet and are a quick remidy to a short term problem. The cost of this bar is between $30 to $50 Cons: The frame is wobley it does not feel super strong. When pushing up you need to use both hands or the toilet grab bar will get loose from the toilet and you will have to re-tighten it down often. Buy this Toilet Safety Support Frame Rail Grab Bar click here
Stand Alone Toilet Safety Rail Grab Bar
The stand alone toilet safety rail fits most standard and elongated toilets. It comes with padded arm rests for added comfort and a magazine rack for added convenience. This stand alone toilet safety rail Grab Bar is also nice for a short term use. It is also easy to assemble! Just 8 finger screwes to put together. This grab bar cost between $35 and $45 Pros: Easy to asamble. Does not require you to remove the toilet seat and it comes with a nice magazine rack. Cons: If the stand alone toilet safety rail Grab Bar is sitting on tile floor, like most bathrooms it slides around on the tile. This bar requires you to use both hands on the grab bar or it will slide away. You can't put your feet back along the side of the toilet as the bars are in the way. Buy this Stand Alone Toilet Safety Rail Grab Bar click here
Moen Home Care Toilet Safety Rails
The Moen Home toilet support grab bar is a great product that feels nice and sturdy. This toilet grab bar attaches to the toilet seat and sits on the front of the porslen bole. It feels very sturdy when pushing up. This toilet safety bar is fairly easy to install there are just 2 screws and the removal of the toilet seat. Then you would set it down and put the seat screws back in and your done. This grab bar cost between $35 and $45 Pros: The Moen Home Care Toilet Safety Rails is very strong feeling and it is easy to install the grab bar. Cons: The front bar will begin to rust if it gets a lot of urine on it and is not cleand off, witch will look bad and it can also lead it to smell down the road. This toilet grab bar fits best on a round bowl and not an elongated. Buy this Moen Home Care Toilet Safety Rails click here
Fold Down Grab Bar
The fold down grab bar is nice and easy to put up out of the way. One of the main cons of this bar is that it is difficult to assessmble. To do so you would need to open the wall and put blocking in to support the grab bar; as you are putting a lot of weight on the end of the bar. It is a big bar and if it is not properly installed it can pull out of the wall and you can fall down and injury yourself badly. The fold down grab bars will cost anywhere between $75 and $130 and the blocking, patching and paint will run about $200 so your looking at about a total of $300 Pros: It can fold up out of the way Cons: Needs to have a professional install it. The wall needs to be reinforced with 2 x 12 blocking and the wall needs to be patched and painted before you can install it. Buy this Fold Down Grab Bar click here
Security Pole Grab Bar
The Security Pole Grab Bar is a great idea for the toilet that sits right next to a bathtub and there is no place to put a grab bar.The Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar makes it easy to stand from a couch, bed, or toilet. It is tension mounted so it can be placed anywhere in the home - no screws or bolts required. The Curve Grab Bar has 4-Handgrips that make it easy to climb to a standing position - and because the grab bar rotates 360 degrees - you can move the grab bar out of the way when not in use. The cost is between $120 and $180 depending on the options you want. Pros: It is easy to install. Cons: It can feel a little wobley if it is in the 10' high and feels a bit stronger at the 8' height but in the end it is a very secure grab bar. Buy this Security Pole Grab Bar click here
Grab Bar Next To The Toilet
Having a grab bar installed next to the toilet on the drywall or plaster is the strongist support bar you can have. it is the most minamal and log term slution for toilet safety. When you have a grab bar installed it is a perment fixture so if you want to take them down you will need to patch the holes and paint. Cost to install a grab bar is between $150 and $200 each installed. Pros: Supper strong and pice of mind that the grab bar will not move. Cons: If the grab bar needs to be removed it will require patching the hols and painting the area. Buy a Moen Grab Bar click here
Bathroom Safety Tips For Seniors
1. Make sure lighting is good especially at night by installing a reliable nightlight.
2. Remove floor scatter rugs that tend to move around and are likely to slip.
3. Mark hot and cold handles clearly and make sure temperature setting is not too hot to prevent scalding.
4. Remove doors from track as can prevent easy entry to tub. Instead substitute plastic curtain if necessary to prevent water leakage.
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