Handicap handrails are one of the most common handicap devices that help individuals with physical disabilities and the elderly to maintain their balance. Place them strategically wherever support is needed in the home. They provide stability and allow the user to move around with confidence.
When movements are uncertain there is a chance of accident or injury. This is especially common in bathrooms, and more specifically in a shower or tub. Handrails provide the needed support and a sense of safety.
Handicap bathroom equipment includes the commonly known use of handrails in the shower and around the bathtub. The curvy area inside the tub at the bottom poses an additional challenge for some specially when wet. bathtub rails can give you the confidence to move around even in these delicate conditions.
Some models can flip up against the wall when not in use so they don't get in the way or impinge on your usable space. Rails are often placed in other areas of the bathroom along the wall. It is advisable to assess your space and determine which model would be best for each of the areas where you need support. For example some toilet handrails require some space around the toilet and are not suitable for tight areas.
It should be noted that not all rail models are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant which means some of them don't follow the ADA prescribed guidelines which state " "The diameter or width of the gripping surfaces of a handrail or grab bar shall be 1-1/4 in to 1-1/2 in (32 mm to 38 mm), or the shape shall provide an equivalent gripping surface..." The structural strength and other specific details are also provided.
This does not mean other handrails cannot be used for seniors at home; the ADA guidelines are geared towards commercial and public areas. Many people prefer to use ADA compliant handrails, they are typically more expensive compared to the non-compliant models.
Portable Suction Handrails
These smaller handrails or bars perform the same duties as the regular ones, but they can be attached to a surface. They are intended to attach when you need them, and then remove easily when you don't. You're free to attach them to a new surface the next time you need a little extra support. However, be sure to read the instructions for the rails you purchase and follow those instructions.
The handrails give a sense of security, confidence and added safety. These portable models are great for traveling and help seniors and individuals with handicaps navigate with more ease. They are ideal if you're on the go. They come in different models, styles and sizes to suit different needs and situations.
Handrails, Grab Bars, and Tub and Shower Seats American Disability Act section 4.26