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Grab Bars

Grab Bars

Aging in Place has found that grab bars are the most often installed initial step taken by its clients. Strategically located grab bars can be unobtrusive and address the #1 cause of injuries in older adults, falls.

Grab bars are safety devices designed to enable a person to maintain balance, lessen fatigue while standing, hold some of their weight while maneuvering, or have something to grab onto in case of a slip or fall. A caregiver may use a grab bar to assist with transferring a client from one place to another.

Grab bars increase accessibility and safety for people with a variety of disabilities or mobility difficulties. Although they are most commonly seen in public handicapped toilet stalls, grab bars are also used more and more in private homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes. Grab bars are most commonly installed next to a toilet or in a shower or bath enclosure.

Grab bar installation positions

Basic Need-To-Know:

Covered Screw vs. Exposed Screw

Choosing between a covered or flanged grab bar and an exposed screw Handlebar™ Grab Bars is an aesthetic choice. If you like to see the screw heads choose an exposed screw item. If you prefer to hide the installation screws, purchase an item that has a cover flange. Once the Handlebar™ is installed the flange snuggly fits over the mounting area to conceal the screw heads. Both styles are ADA compliant when installed correctly.

Safety Grip vs. Non-Safety Grip

Safety Grip is a peened finish on the Stainless Steel Handlebar™ Grab Bars that makes them easier to hold on to. This finish can be especially helpful if the Handlebar™ Grab Bars is going to be installed in an area where it maybe wet, like a shower, or if the users hands maybe wet, like a bathroom. Non-Safety Grip Handlebar™ Grab Bars are simply smooth stainless steel. Both styles are ADA compliant when installed correctly.


For grab bars to perform as designed, they must be anchored securely into the framing of the building or employ manufacturer specified wall anchors. Generic wall anchors (moly bolts, plastic inserts, screw-in anchors) do not have the required strength to hold a persons weight.  Approved anchors will support an excess of 300 pounds.