Vancouver Railing Contractor offers an extensive range of high-quality grab rails. Suitable for the bathroom, shower, next to the toilet, or elsewhere in the home, our disabled grab rails are available in numerous lengths and discreet designs. We also offer support rails that are suitable for use outside. Disability grab rails are often positioned next to steps leading up to a front door, for instance.
You can choose from the following types:
- Suction cup grab bars are easy to fix to a tiled surface, so they are ideal for bathrooms.
- Straight rails can be fixed at an angle, or in a straight horizontal or vertical position.
- Angled grab rails which allow the user to rest their forearm on the horizontal section while holding the upper section with their hand. This can be helpful for those with a weak grip, or sensitive hands or wrists, as it spreads the body’s weight across the forearm and enables the flow of movement.
Vancouver Railing Contractor Outdoor Grab Rail
- Supports you as you enter and exit your house
- Easily fitted to outside walls at any angle
- Weather-resistant and won’t rust
- Slip-resistant grips are effective even when wet
- Subtly colored to blend in with an outdoor environment
Although primarily used in the bathroom and toilet, grab rails can be positioned anywhere in and around the home to provide support. Quite often these grab rails are used to assist the frail, the elderly, handicapped persons, or those recovering from an illness. Wall-mounted grab rails provide the extra confidence and assistance needed by many people in their everyday lives while negotiating doorways, steps, showers, and toilets.
Various types and models of grab rail are available for internal or external applications. Conveniently placed rails will provide help in four ways:
- as something to push or pull against when standing up
- as steadying support while sitting down
- for a secure and a steadying grip when transferring from one position to another
- for balance when standing, walking, or dressing.
Most grab rails are attached to a suitable wall, although floor to ceiling rails are available. The type required will depend upon an assessment of the situation and an assumption of the user’s mobility and strength. A combination of vertical and horizontal rails is often found to be helpful.
Materials used in the construction of grab rails are chosen by the manufacturer to ensure adequate strength and good corrosion resistance. Steel tubing is a common material, and this is often plated or covered with a durable plastic coating or paint.
Ideally, grab rails should be ergonomically designed to provide the best possible shape to fit a large population of users, to promote increased confidence, safety and comfort.
When choosing a grab rail, there are many factors to consider, including the following:
- Check there is sufficient room between the rail and the wall to allow the person to secure a handgrip. Usually, a space of about 4 to 6.5cm (1.5 to 2.5 inches) between the wall and rail is sufficient for most people.
- Ensure that the rail is comfortable to hold, especially if the person has weak or painful hands. It is recommended that the rail should have a diameter of between 3 to 4.5cm (1.25 to 1.75 inches).