A shower bar won’t do you much good if it isn’t installed correctly. With a suction model, you want to be sure the cups are correctly secured on a smooth, non-porous surface and not over any seams or grout. Check the suction cups often to make sure they haven’t come loose or are developing mold. With a drill and screw installation, follow the instructions and make sure you’re using the correct tools for tile, mounting them on wall studs if possible, and drilling holes to the proper size. Always give bars a “yank test” first to make sure they installed correctly and can hold your weight.
Other Safety Measures
Picking the right grab bar is one of the best moves you can take to make your bathroom a safer place. But there are other steps you can take to make the area safer. Consider putting down non-slip, textured stickers or mats in the bottom of your tub or shower. This will allow you to maintain your balance and make the area around your feet not as slippery. The combination of water, shampoo, conditioner or soap can create a falling hazard in the bottom of the tub. Don’t choose bath mats or rugs that move easily or roll up on the edges. This can cause you to fall even your feet are dry.
Selecting Your Shower Grab Bar
Once you’ve decided that a bathroom grab bar is right for you, your budget and personal preference will be the next consideration. Whatever grab bar you choose, you want to make sure it functions in the way you need to and provides the stability and support you desire. The right choice can help you remain independent for even longer.