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How to choose the right grab rail for your home

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How to choose the right grab rail for your home
If you find that your balance or mobility isn’t quite what it used to be, adding grab rails (or grab bars) around your home may be of huge benefit.

Grab rails are ideal for providing additional support in areas where you need extra support, such as getting in and out of the bath, or when managing steps and stairs. They can also be used in conjunction with other aids, such as a walking stick or step, to help you stay safe and confident both inside and outside of your home.

With so many different features to consider, including, length, style and finish, we’re here to help highlight what you may need from a grab rail and where it may be most beneficial to fit one in your home.  

Remember, you don’t have to make this decision alone

If you’ve decided you would benefit from a grab rail or mobility aid, but are unsure what is suitable for your needs, you can book a needs assessment with an Occupational Therapist who will be able to offer advice based on the information you give them. You can speak to your GP practice or local council to discuss an OT assessment. 


Choosing a permanent or temporary grab rail

Grab rails are available in a variety of styles and sizes and often need to be fitted to a wall. Stainless steel chrome rails and white plastic rails are two common designs that fit in well with contemporary home décor, offering a stylish look as well as handheld support.

Although many grab rails are fixed and installed in the home, temporary options are available, which can be secured to a clean, non-porous wall using suction cups. If you are recovering from an injury or illness and require short term support at home, you may prefer a suction grab bar over a permanent grab rail, as it can be removed at any time. Temporary grab bars can also be useful for travel if you want extra support when you’re away from home. 


Where do you require additional support?

At Complete Care Shop we offer a wide range of grab rails, which are suitable for different rooms throughout your home. Each grab rail has its own merits and, here, we explore the various options for where you may want to place your new grab rail.


Find a firm footing outdoors

If you have a step to your front or back door, or on a patio area, and need something to steady yourself between the differing levels, you may consider having a grab rail installed outside. Some grab rails, including the prima outdoor grab rail, are designed with a weatherproof and non-rusting exterior to make them more suitable for outdoor use. An outdoor grab rail can improve your safety when leaving and entering the home by giving you something sturdy to hold onto, increasing your confidence to venture out independently.

Grab rails guaranteed to make a splash 

Of all the rooms in a house, the bathroom is one of the most common places to experience a slip or fall. Many people can often feel unsteady on tiled flooring, especially when stepping out of the bath or shower, as excess water can make the surface slippery underfoot. However, there are many ways to improve safety in the bathroom – from non-slip mats to specialised grab rails. 

Fitting grab bars to the wall of your bathroom is a way to provide stability after bathing, but there are also grab rails designed to fit on the side of your bath or next to the toilet. Bath grab rails can support you in finding your balance if you feel unsteady when stepping over the side of the bath, helping to reduce the risk of falls. 

A folding toilet rail help you lower yourself onto and lift yourself from the toilet seat more comfortably, giving you increased independence during your toileting routine. 

Safety first in the bedroom

A bed rail, such as the Bed Grab Rail, can help promote independent living by offering you support when getting in and out of bed, or enabling you to reposition yourself easier. There are a variety of bed rails available, each with a different style and often with different fittings. If you are considering a bed rail it is important to get a needs assessment to ensure the equipment is suitable for your home and your personal needs.

Whether you’re looking for grab rails for the bedroom, bathroom or to use around the home, you can find a whole range on our Complete Care online shop.

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