Grab rails are ideal for placing around the home to make sitting, rising and balancing easier for anyone with weak lower limbs or who find it difficult to remain steady on their feet.
Made from metal or plastic, grab rails are usually fitted at doorways, or anywhere considered to be a risk area for falls, and can be placed either inside or outside of the home. They come in a variety of lengths and styles, including:
We also have a section dedicated to bathroom grab rails, as the bathroom is one of the most common places to slip, trip and fall at home. See our full range of grab rails – including portable, temporary grab rails which can travel with you and are designed with strong suction cups to stick to smooth surfaces.
If you, or someone you care for, are starting to feel a little unsafe when moving around the house, using the toilet or getting in and out of the bath, it’s a good idea to consider fitting some grab rails.
A grab rail can be fitted anywhere that you need extra support. If you find you are using a wall, radiator or door-frame for support, a grab rail would be safer.
There are a number of reasons why you may be feeling unstable and require the support of a grab rail including:
Things to consider
It's difficult to get a secure fixing on a pebble-dashed wall, and grab rails can’t be fitted to uPVC door frames, so a solid brick area is best.
If you have a half-step, just make sure you can reach the grab rail without stretching as this may put you at risk of falling.
This is important to think about – after all, the left side when entering is not the left side when leaving.
Make sure the wall is strong enough to support the installation of a grab rail and the load when in use.
If you are using the radiator for support when sitting on and rising from the toilet, a grab rail would be safer.
If you are finding it harder to get on or off the toilet, a grab rail may help by reducing strain to your legs and back.