Contents

  • Introduction
  • Why would you need to use a grab rail?
  • Grab rails for health conditions
  • Top tips to get the most from your grab rail
  • Which grab rail is right for you?
  • Things to consider

How to choose the right grab rail

BUYING GUIDE

introduction

Grab rails are ideal for placing around the home to make sitting, rising and balancing easier for anyone with weak lower limbs or who find it difficult to remain steady on their feet.

Made from metal or plastic, grab rails are usually fitted at doorways, or anywhere considered to be a risk area for falls, and can be placed either inside or outside of the home. They come in a variety of lengths and styles, including:

We also have a section dedicated to bathroom grab rails, as the bathroom is one of the most common places to slip, trip and fall at home. Take a look at our full range below – including portable, temporary grab rails which can travel with you and are designed with strong suction cups to stick to smooth surfaces.

Why would you need to use a grab rail?

If you, or someone you care for, are starting to feel a little unsafe when moving around the house, using the toilet or getting in and out of the bath, it’s a good idea to consider fitting some grab rails.

A grab rail can be fitted anywhere that you need extra support. If you find you are using a wall, radiator or door-frame for support, a grab rail would be safer.

There are a number of reasons why you may be feeling unstable and require the support of a grab rail including:

REMEMBER

All rails that are fitted in your home to provide additional safety should be fitted using the correct fittings to suit the construction of the wall, by a competent person.

A grab rail may help those with the following health conditions

REMEMBER

There are three ways in which a grab rail can be positioned and each helps with different challenges:


• Horizontal rails are used to push up


• Vertical rails are used to pull up

• Diagonal rails will help with pulling and pushing

Top tips to get the most from your grab rail

  • If your toilet has walls on both sides, try fitting a grab rail on either side to help you when sitting down and rising
    from the seat.
  • A vertical rail fitted inside the shower will provide extra support when standing, whilst a grab rail by the bath will provide support if you are finding it difficult to get in or out of the tub.
  • If you have stairs in your home it may be worth thinking about fitting additional stair rails, especially if your toilet and bathroom are upstairs.
  • Fitting a grab rail at your front or back door will give you additional support to pull up when entering your house and help you to balance when exiting your property.

Which grab rail is right for you?

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    • Stylish, modern design

    • Available in 3 different lengths

    • Ideal for use in the bathroom

    • Can be easily fixed to walls

    • May require earthing – we recommend installation by a qualified tradesperson

    • Weather resistant and won’t rust

    • Slip resistant grips are effective even when wet

    • Supports you when entering and exiting your house

    • Easily fitted to outside walls at any angle

    • Subtle colour blends with an outdoor environment

Things to consider

  • Where should you attach an outdoor grab rail?
    It is difficult to get a secure fixing on a pebble-dashed wall, and grab rails can’t be fitted to uPVC door frames, so a solid brick area is best.
  • Does using additional aids to help you balance affect the positioning of the grab rail?
    If you have a half-step, just make sure you can reach the grab rail without stretching as this may put you at risk of falling.
  • Do you need grab rails at both sides of the door?
    This is important to think about – after all, the left side when entering is not the left side when leaving.
  • Would you be better with more equal support?
    For example, if you can only fit one rail on the wall next to your toilet this may cause strain to your shoulder – a toilet frame is much better for providing equal support on both sides.
  • Check your wall!
    Make sure the wall is strong enough to support the installation of a grab rail and the load when in use.
  • Don’t risk your safety
    If you are using the radiator for support when sitting on and rising from the toilet, a grab rail would be safer.
  • Take the pressure off
    If you are finding it harder to get on or off the toilet, a grab rail may help by reducing strain to your legs and back.
  • Get the product which best suits your needs
    If your bathroom is big enough, and you need more equal support, you may want to consider adding a width-adjustable frame over your toilet for additional security when sitting or standing.