Grab Bars Buying Tips – How to Buy a Grab bar

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Grab Bars


Straight Grab Bar with Peened Grip

Straight Grab Bar with Peened Grip

Angled Grab Bar with Soap Holder

Angled Grab Bar with Soap Holder

Corner Grab Bar (90 Degrees)

Corner Grab Bar (90 Degrees)

Curved with Toilet Paper Holder

Curved with Toilet Paper Holder

Straight Plastic Grab Bar

Straight Plastic Grab Bar

U Shaped Flip up Grab Bar

U Shaped Flip up Grab Bar

This Sage Guide Grab Bars has tips about Safety, Comfort and Ease of Use.  There is a navigation bar on the left with helpful links below. For tips about making a feature choice, go to the Buying Tips(tab above).

#1 Sage Tip

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Many people resist having grab bars installed in their bathrooms.  Integrated purpose grab bars, such as those that also act as towel bars, and those of a material that complements the other hardware in the bathroom can promote acceptance and use.

Use left menu or scroll down for more Sage Tips, Helpful Links and Blog Posts.

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Safety topics

Safety Topics for Grab Bars

  • Fall Prevention
  • Size 
  • Hygiene
  • Multi- Generational and Multi-Users
  • Installation
  • Comfort
  • Ease of Use

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Fall Prevention

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Proper installation is the priority for fall prevention.

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See more about fall prevention and home safety in the Buying Tips for the list of features below.  Each feature represents a choice.

  • Integrated Purpose; Shape; Installation; Weight Capacity; Measurements; Diameter and Depth; Grip; Materials; Color; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Do you have access to an occupational therapist? If so, be sure to follow up on setting up an appointment to have your overall bath safety situation assessed. Persons with bursitis, tendinitis, multiple sclerosis and arthritis can benefit from the added support of a grab bar.

Find More Help

Covered by Medicare? Some local Aging in Place Retailers offer home visits. In our directory of Home Health Retailers, you will find the telephone numbers of Aging in Place Retailers in your local area, or the area near to your aging parents. Also you can follow this link to find healthcare professionals who are Certified Aging in Place Specialists. Our search by location will allow you to see if there are any Aging in Place Specialists in your area.

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Size

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Most grab bars need to be secured on the studs of a wall.  This will place some limitations on how a grab bar will fit in the bathroom.

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We have more Sage Tips to help you find a grab bar that will fit in the space that you have, and "fit" the person using the bathing chair.  See these headings in Grab Bar Feature Tips.

  • Shape; Weight Capacity; Measurements; Diameter and Depth; Materials; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Discuss all medical conditions with healthcare professionals available to you for consultation. It is not uncommon for individuals with some chronic health issues to gain weight, leading to obesity and in turn back pain and diabetes. Plan purchases accordingly.

Find More Help

If you would like to see a selection of grab bars in person, we suggest a local Aging in Place Retailer or bath product retailer specializing in Home Health. Find these local, service oriented professionals in our Home Health Directory.

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Hygiene

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Wipe grab bars clean to prevent the build up of bacteria.

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Learn about options for hygiene in Grab Bar Buying Tips.  

  • Installation
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Discuss hygiene issues such as incontinence with your doctor or other healthcare professionals. This is an often overlooked area of safety in the bathroom. Do what you can to prevent infections from poor hygiene.

Find More Help

An Aging in Place Retailer specializing in Home Health will have a selection of grab bars in different materials - with different cleaning properties. Consult our directory for a retailer near you or your aging parent.

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Multi-Gen & Multi-Users

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When a bathroom is shared, consider a long grab bar that can accommodate different heights and reach capabilities.

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Multi-generational homes are becoming more common - and often a bathroom has to be shared among family members from different generations.  In addition, bath safety products are often used or shared with other people when lent, given away or purchased used.  

However, take heed of our concerns about Fall Prevention and Hygiene in our Buying Tips.  Providing you are not sacrificing safety and hygiene, consider these features that provide flexibility when selecting a grab bar.  

  • Area of Use; Drainage; Weight Capacity; Extras; Color
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Your family doctor should be made aware of your living conditions, including if you share a home with other generations (multigen). This is relevant for both Seniors and family caregivers. For example, if you are caring for your aging parents, your family doctor should know since this often creates additional stress that can effect your own health.

Find More Help

Some local Aging in Place Retailers know of community organizations that offer grab bar installation service and safety checks. Call your local Aging in Place Retailer using our directory.

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Installation

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Proper installation is key to safety. You can select by access to installation instructions.

Note: You can access the manufacturer's assembly and use instructions for each grab bar in the grab bar selector.  You will see the link to the instructions when you review the product details of a specific product.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

Those with conditions such as fibromyalgia or osteoporosis will likely need assistance to install a grab bar. Your family doctor or community healthcare professionals can help you arrange for installation.

Find More Help

Some Aging in Place Retailers offer home visits to help measure for and install bath safety products, such as grab bars. In our directory of Aging in Place Retailers you will find the telephone numbers of for home health suppliers in your neighborhood, or the area where your aging parents live.

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Comfort

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First, make  choices for safety.  Then consider the choice for comfort since comfort promotes use.

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At Sage in Home, we believe that comfort promotes use - and that use is very important, particularly for bath safety products. Learn more about Comfort in our Grab Bar Buying Tips.  

  • Integrated Purpose; Shape; Installation; Measurements; Diameter and Depth; Grip; Materials; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

One of the "little" signs of aging - such as fingerprint marks on walls and door frames - is a good opportunity to ask your aging parents to open a dialogue with their family doctor. Many doctors know about local resources for Seniors, such as safety checks. If you are a family caregiver having difficulty discussing home safety with your aging parents, remember they are likely to trust and listen to their doctor.

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Some grab bars have a grip area - which can help users with fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and bursitis hold on more comfortably. 

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Ease of Use

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Consider the space available in the bathroom and  the ability to safety and easily manoeuver.

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If you are concerned about Ease of Use, please first review the Fall Prevention tips and other safety tips.

Also see Grab Bar Buying Tips for:

  • Integrated Purpose; Shape; Measurements; Diameter and Depth; Grip; Materials; Color; Marketplace
Ask your Healthcare Professional

If you have been prescribed a grab bar and are unable to arrange for proper installation, inform the prescribing healthcare professional. A grab bar can provide ease of use for those with memory issues stemming from Alzheimer's, dementia or a stroke.

Find More Help

Some Aging in Place Retailers offer home visits. In our directory of Aging in Place Retailers you will find the telephone numbers of your local suppliers. If you are unable to take the necessary measurements and plan where grab bars should be placed, they may be able to help you or your aging parents.

Helpful Links:

Grab Bar Buying Guide

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