Most public restrooms have a larger stall that they reserve for older people and those who may have mobility issues that make it hard for them to get up and down from the toilet. They are there to give those people a bar to hold onto and pull themselves into a standing position or at least to give them something that they can hold if they feel unstable when standing up. It is a great idea because there are many accidents that can happen in a bathroom. Now, you can use them in a home bathroom, and chances are good that someone you know may enjoy having a handicapped grab bar install in their home.
Why Handicapped Bars Work
Many older people may feel dizzy or unstable when they first go from sitting to standing. A handicapped bar is a steel bar that can attach to the wall or the floor in a bathroom. It allows a person to have something close by so that they can take care of themselves while in the bathroom. Even if the person needs a wheelchair to get around, most people can still stand up long enough to get from the chair to the toilet and back again. This allows them to have their independence and privacy while in the most private room of a home. Can you think of a person who would not want to have more privacy to take care of their bodily needs? A bar can give them the option to shower alone, use the bathroom without assistance, and perhaps even get dressed without having someone nearby while they do it.
Other Uses for a Handicapped Bar
These bars can be put anywhere that you feel an elderly or handicapped person may need them. If they have a favorite chair in the living room, you can put bars on each side to help them stand up. If they have a long narrow hallway in their home or a place that does not have things for them to hold on to, you can install bars along the wall. You can put them near the dining room table, their bed, or any other area that you feel they may need a helping hand.
Most handicapped bars are not expensive, but it does depend on how much or how many you need to put in the house. If you are only using a single bar in the bathroom, then you will not spend much of your money. If you plan to have bars in the bathroom and throughout the rest of the home, you should expect to pay more.
The thing is, most people do not mind spending the money to install grab bars. It allows the person to live more independently, for a longer period of time, especially if their only issue is instability when standing up. They are easy to install, easy to use, and look great because they are stainless steel pipes that will never rust.