Handrail

Entrance

Living Room

Kitchen

Bedroom

Bathroom & Toilet

Handrails or grab rails are wall-fixed rails which run in a horizontal or a vertical position, or at an incline or angle. Grab rails can be positioned anywhere in and around the home to provide support.

How to Use

The finish of the rails is important for the grip surface it provides. For instance, polished or chrome finish is attractive but may be quite slippery to hold. While a moulded, coated and textured finish is slip resistant and can provide extra grip even when wet. Correct positioning of grab rails is also important to ensure that they provide the necessary support to perform certain tasks.

Benefit

Vertical handrail supports standing upright. For example, when pulling up into a standing position or for maintaining balance. Horizontal handrail help when pushing up from sitting and provide support when lowering. Rail set an angle can help a person who needs a steadying support. Handrail can also support a person forearm whilst pushing up and thus spreading the body weight over a larger area.

Area to Implement

Entrance

To assist you when ascending or descending steps to enter your home. Place the rail where it does not block access to the door handle or lock.

Living room

Long lengths of rail are available and may also be installed along the wall to provide support and maintain balance.

Kitchen

Have a grab bar installed near the head of your bed for easier transfer.

Bedroom

Have a grab bar installed near the head of your bed for easier transfer.

Bathroom and toilet

Install grab bars on both sides of the toilet to provide support. In order to make it easy to sit down on the toilet, an L-shaped handrail was installed.