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Bathroom  /  August 10, 2021

Why Install A Grab Bar in your Shower?

Why Install A Grab Bar in your Shower GMB

A grab bar, or safety bar, is a long bar that is expertly placed and designed to help people access their bathrooms unassisted. Grab bars are helpful for older adults who are aging in place. Grab bars are also beneficial for people who have disabilities and require additional access points. Installation requires thoughtful planning and professional services to ensure the long-term safety of grab bar users. 


Accessibility is essential. Grab bars get people from one point to another point in the bathroom safely. Grab bars can be 100% necessary for people to access the facilities in their homes, or they can be a backup measure in case something goes wrong. Either way, grab bars increase independence and maintain access. 

Grab bars are popular home repairs for seniors. They opt for grab bars in their bathroom areas for safety and necessity. Though they might not yet need the grab bars, having a familiarity with and an option to have 100% of their body weight supported in the event of a slip or fall is an ideal safety net. Reassuring older people that they have supports in place to age with independence protects privacy and dignity. 


Grab bars and other home repairs for seniors that ensure long-term safety require professional installation. Handyman Connection provides repair services in Kitchener to meet your grab bar planning and installation needs. 


The number one feature to shop for in a grab bar is safety. Determine which bar is suitable for your grab bar needs and speak with professionals at the Handyman Connection to find out how it will work with your bathroom area. Some areas may require more than one kind of bar to ease mobility from one point in the bathroom to another. Increasing accessibility means that a person should never stretch or reach the following safety bar when they need it. Grab bars will differ depending on specific needs:

  • Vertical and horizontal grab bars 
  • Straight grab bars
  • Two-in-one grab bars
  • Wave and curve grab bars 
  • Corner grab bars
  • Floor-to-ceiling poles
  • Moveable grab bars 
  • Bathtub grab handles 


Determine which kind of installation will be required. If balance is the primary purpose for the safety bar, some options can be affixed with suction cups. It is crucial to keep in mind that suction cups will not support the total weight. Suction cup bars have limited surfaces they can be attached to and require frequent checks to ensure the suction retains a strong attachment. 

If full weight support is the intention, wall mount installation is ideal. Many grab bars cannot be attached to fibreglass alone and must be attached to studs or require renovation to be safely installed. Incorrect installation can not only lower your home’s value or incur fines from building management, but it can also be a life or death situation. Be sure to consult only professional installation services. 


Identify the weight limit bars offer. Many grab bars offer up to 250 pounds of full-body support. However, if a bar and installation are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, they will support up to 500 pounds and feature correct installation. Professional service will ensure that safety and installation are ADA compliant and meet users’ needs.


Even though attention to design is a consideration, safety still comes first. Design options come after finding a bar that meets the person’s needs in the area where it is being used. Not to worry, however, because grab bars come in a plethora of different materials, colours, and options that will likely meet the needs of nearly every interior design scheme. 

If you or a loved one are considering grab bars as a home renovation, contact the specialists at Handyman Connection in Kitchener for a consultation.

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