What is Grab Bar?
Definition of Grab Bar in Construction
A point of support for an individual to assist themselves in getting off the toilet, or out of the shower.
Grab bars are extremely common and necessary in nursing homes and medical institutions. Handicap accessible bathrooms in commercial buildings, or multi family residential structures, require grab bars. In residential construction, unless there is a specific need, handicap grab bars are usually, not installed. However, during the construction of a new home, the handicap accessibility should be considered for possible future use. The installation of blocking to allow the easy installation of future grab bars should be considered. Once the design concept of serving the handicap is considered, the actual installation of grab bars and their functional requirements becomes paramount to the interior of the residence or the commercial interior. Grab bars for the handicap are life savers and their installation should be considered for all new structures and renovations.