Choosing the right grab rail...

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Choosing the right grab rail...

If you are considering installing grab rails in your home, there are several factors to consider relating to your personal needs and circumstances.

Grab rails can be positioned anywhere in and around the home to provide extra support. Conveniently placed rails can be used in several ways, including aiding balance when standing or walking, providing a steadying support whilst sitting or helping when moving from one position to another.

Most grab rails are attached to the wall, or from wall to floor. Sometimes a combination of vertical and horizontal rails can be a helpful tool. The type and positioning required will depend upon your grip and arm strength and the material used in the construction of the home.

There are many types of grab rails, including:

  • Straight rails
  • Cranked rails
  • Angled rails
  • Floor to wall rails
  • Floor to ceiling rails
  • Floor mounted U-rails
  • Drop down rails

Grab rails can be manufactured using different materials, including:

  • Plastic
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel
  • Wood
  • Brass

Correct positioning of grab rails is important to ensure that they will provide the correct support to perform specific tasks. Although there is a published guidance for the positioning of rails, you should also be guided by:

  • Your own requirements
  • The support that is required
  • Your height and weight
  • The amount of mobility and strength you have in your hands, arms and shoulders

To view our collection of grab rails, please visit: www.nymas.co.uk/products/grab-rails
 

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