Although used mainly in the bathroom, grab rails can be placed anywhere throughout a home. Conveniently positioned rails provide assistance in four ways:
- Rails can be used to help people stand.
- Rails can be used as a steadying support when sitting down.
- Rails can supply a firm grip when moving from one position to another.
- Rails can provide balance when walking, standing, or dressing.
Most Rails Are Attached to the Walls
Most rails are affixed to walls, although floor-to-ceiling rails are available as well. The type of rail required depends on the circumstance and the arm or hand strength of the person using the rail. In some instances, a combination of horizontal and vertical rails may be used for assistance.
Before you make a decision on grab rail designs, you should talk to a health care professional about their use in the home. An individual assessment can help you make a decision with respect to placement. For instance, it may not be appropriate to place rails that are a bit too far from a toilet or they may not be suitable for installing on certain walls.
Safety grab rails come in a variety of configurations. For example, straight rails are wall-fixed rails that run in one direction. They can be positioned in a vertical or horizontal fashion or at an angle or incline.
Angled and Right-Angled Grab Rails
Angled and right-angled grab rails are wall-fixed at an angle. The top part of the rail is typically fixed in a vertical position whilst the lower angled section serves as a forearm support. The rail features a 90-degree bend to provide a vertical and horizontal handhold. This type of design distributes the user’s weight through his or her forearm. Rails of this type are often used by people who experience pain in their wrists or hands.
Floor-to-ceiling rails are vertical rails that are attached to both the ceiling and floor. In older houses, they are frequently placed on the outer perimeter of a bath to support the user when he or she is turning around or stepping in or out of the tub.
System rails are rails that can be assembled to supply customised support over a larger space, such as around the bathing area. The rails are mounted to the walls and may be cut or ordered to the required length. Angles and bends can also be fitted where needed.
The finish of a rail is important for the grip-type surface it provides as well as for reasons of aesthetics. For example, reinforced nylon-coated rails are made from a premium alloy tube with an outer nylon non-slip sleeve. The outer sleeve features reinforced flange fixings to provide maximum strength and safety.
This non-slip rail is regularly used in in damp or wet areas. You can use this type of rail in a shower, a toilet, or any space where assistance is required to sit, stand, or move more safely and securely. Grab rails made of stainless steel are also available in satin, chrome, or powder-coated finishes. The rails come in a variety of sizes and can be custom-made to your individual preferences and needs.