Using Grab Rails In The Bathroom

The apparently simple tasks of bathing or showering can become more complicated when a person has mobility problems.

Correctly placed and secured grab rails can be one solution.

These provide the physical support needed for a person to lower themselves into and out of the bath.

For those determined to retain their independence in the bathroom, this can make a real difference.

They are available in a variety of materials and come in an number of dimensions and angle combinations.

We advise customers to consider carefully where rails would be most useful, and measure out their intended locations before buying.

For example, you may need a grab rail to help you get up from the toilet seat.

To find the best place for the rail, place your hand where to think you need the rail and ask someone to mark the wall. 

If this is on top of tiles use a piece of Sellotape to mark the position. 

Click to see our full range of grab rails and tap rails

Fitting grab rails
Grab rails must be secure. Their weight bearing capabilities are based on the surface upon which they are mounted, and the types of fixings used.

For this reason we do not supply weight bearing information, or deliver fixings with the rails themselves.

Plasterboard walls will not bear much load so it is important to secure the rail into the wooden uprights behind the plaster.

You may need specialist advice to do this correctly.

Essentialaids.com features some rails which clamp to the side of the bath itself.

Would a tap rail help?
Tap rails can be secured to bath taps but do not fit onto mixer taps.

They are sometimes useful for steadying yourself when getting in and out of the bath. You should not use them to raise yourself from the bottom of, or to pull yourself out of, the bath.

Make sure any grab rails you use are fitted securely - essentialaids.com recommends using a qualified tradesman to install them.

While many people choose to use grab rails only in the bathroom, they can also come in handy elsewhere in the home.

For example, Newel Rails can offer support at the foot of staircases.

The apparently simple tasks of bathing or showering can become more complicated when a person has mobility problems.

Correctly placed and secured grab rails can be one solution.

These provide the physical

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