Tips on How to Properly Install Grab Bars for Fall Prevention
As we age, everyday activities such as standing up from a seated position or stepping into the bathtub can become more challenging and increases our risk of falling. Installing grab bars in strategic locations can greatly reduce this risk and increase safety in the home. In this article, we will discuss how to properly install grab bars for fall prevention.
Choose the Right Spot
The first step in installing a grab bar is to choose the right spot for it. Consider areas in the home where you or your loved one may need the most assistance, such as near the toilet or in the shower. Once you have chosen the spot, use a stud finder to locate the wall studs to ensure a strong and secure installation.
Measure and Mark
After choosing the ideal spot for your grab bar, mark its placement and look for a stud in the wall to securely hang the grab bar. However, if there are no studs available behind the wall, the Easy Mount Hollow Wall Anchor is designed to provide secure backing behind walls of weights up to 300lbs.
How to Install
Once you find the ideal location with secure backing to install the grab bar, drill pilot holes for fasteners, fasten the rail to the wall using appropriate fasteners and waterproofing. Finally slide the flange cover over the flange to conceal the screws. If you need further assistance, please follow the instruction manual given with the grab bar or check the HealthCraft website.
Test it Out
After installation is complete, have the installer check the sturdiness of the grab bar by putting some weight on it and pulling on the grab bar to make sure it is securely attached to the wall. Test its weight capacity by applying pressure and making sure it is sturdy enough to support your loved one’s weight.
Regular maintenance is key to ensuring the effectiveness and longevity of grab bars. To keep your grab bar clean we recommend using warm water and soap. If you require a stronger cleaner, avoid using powder or grainy based cleaners such as comet. Every few months apply pressure to make sure the crews are still holding the grab bar firmly in place.
Taking the necessary steps to properly install grab bars in the home can significantly reduce the risk of falls and promote safety for you or your loved one. Utilizing a Superpole can be an additional aid in preventing falls and providing extra support. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have taken a proactive approach to fall prevention.