Grab Bars and Handles
Grab bars and shower handles aid in preventing dangerous slip-and-fall accidents, allowing seniors to remain independent longer. Grab bars are smooth, cylindrical bars that are mounted on the walls of the stall, to help ederly or disabled people maintain balance while moving.
Research conducted on behalf of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development indicates that both walking aid users and wheelchair users preferred horizontal grab bars at heights of 33 to 36 inches rather than lower bars.
Diameter of grab bars should be 1¼ to 1½ (30-40 mm) with 1½ inch (40 mm) clearance from the wall.
Grab bars should not rotate in their fittings. The required mounting height is universally 33 to 36 inches (840-910 mm) from the centerline of the grab bar to the finish floor.
Structural strength of ADA-style grab bars and their mounting devices should withstand more than 250 pounds of force.