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Valerie VanBooven

Professional Senior Care Expert

Grab Bars

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Modifications to our surroundings will become necessary as we grow older and face the added challenges associated with living at home. Falls are the most common accident around the home and can be prevented by the use of handrails and safety bars to provide stability and the extra support required by the elderly and people with limited mobility. Handrails can be used throughout your home to provide safety and help prevent falls along hallways, steps, and ramps. A safety grab bar railing will help you keep your balance and provide a safe, accessible surrounding and reduce your risk of falling. It’s the most cost effective home and bathroom modification made!

Here are my picks for the Best of the Best:

Best Grab Bars by Valerie VanBooven

The Best You Can Get

  • Health Circle Quick-Rail Suction Cup Bath Rail, White, 24-in. Long

    Valerie says: Quick-Rail really helps you to keep your balance in the shower. High strength suction-cup technology installs in seconds with no drilling. Position the Quick-Rail where it is most comfortable. Use horizontally on the shower wall, or vertically near the shower entrance to help step over the tub wall. Great when placed at an angle to help you stand up from the toilet. Use on tile or fiberglass shower enclosures. Take the Quick-rail with you when visiting relatives – packs in a suitcase. Overall length is 24 inches.


    • Textured grip rings for entire grip length of 16”
    • Designed to fit 4”, 6”, and 8” tiles in a variety of positions
    • No drilling - quickly repositions as needed
    • Great for travel or vacation homes
    • Temporary assistance when needed, and no damage to the wall
  • Bridge Medical Single Grip Portable Grab Bar

    Valerie says: Falls are the most common accident around the home, the majority of them happening in the bathroom. More than a third of all adults 65 years and older fall each year resulting in moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence and increase the risk of premature death. Bridge Medical, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of Portable Grab Bars, may have the solution you are looking for! Whether you need a temporary or long term solution, the Portable Grab Bars go where no other grab bars can go! The patent pending design has been enthusiastically approved by Home Health Industry experts, including Occupational Therapists and Orthopedic Surgeons. The key to safety is in the rubber, and its 4.7 inch diameter pads are the strongest and most reliable on the market today, easily surpassing the hold strength of the competition.

    Single Grip Portable Grab Bar specifications: Thirteen inches in length. The 4.7 inch diameter suction pad works on five inch or greater smooth, non-porous tiles or fiberglass, (will not work on drywall, wallpaper, or any porous surface).


    • Designed as a serious home medical device, flimsy and cheap alternatives do not compare
    • Heavy duty in safety but stylish enough to fit any décor
    • The ultimate in portability, safety doesn’t have to vacation when you do; travels about as well as it works
    • Perfect for snowbirds, vacations, hotel stays, renters, temporary rehabilitation, or anytime a permanent grab bar is not practical
    • Installs and removes without tools or professional installation; your only choice on fiberglass showers or baths
  • Medline Bathtub Bar, Locks to Side of Tub

    Valerie says: The Bathtub Bar locks to the side of your tub allows for you to get in and out of your tub. It has a crank-style, locking device that attaches to tub walls up to seven inches wide. The unit is six inches wide and extends fourteen inches above the tub wall. It is equipped with rubber pads to protect the tub walls and weighs only twelve pounds. 250-pound weight capacity. White enamel-coated, one-inch steel bar provides reliable assistance into and out of the bathtub.


    • Easily locks to the side of most bath tubs
    • Holds up to 250 lbs.
    • Large, oversized tightening device for easy installation
    • Rubber pads to protect walls of bathtub
    • Provides stability getting in and out of the tub
  • Kohler Traditional 18-Inch Grab Bar

    Valerie says: For a more permanent fixture, try the Kohler K-10541-BS Traditional 18” Grab Bar. Premium metal construction for durability and reliability. Template included for easy installation. Available with traditional or transitional styling.


    • Model 10541-BS Brushed Stainless
    • 18-inch bar
    • Premium metal construction for durability and reliability
    • Template included for easy installation
    • Available with traditional or transitional styling
  • Drive Medical Suction Cup Grab Bar - White

    Valerie says: This suction cup grab bar is portable, made of plastic to avoid rust and for easy cleaning. NO assembly required, making it easy to attached and remove from shower or tub walls. One- or two-handed use. Perfect for travel.


    • Telescoping bar for one or two-handed use
    • Made of plastic; available in white
    • Portable, locking levers for easy installation, PVC handgrips for comfort
    • No assembly required; rust-resistant construction

You will be happy with any of these

  • Get A Grip™ Safety Bar

    Valerie says: Get A Grip™ safety bar helps prevent injuries by providing support while getting in and out of a slippery shower or tub. Easy to install. Just press the two suction cups to the side of the tub or shower wall. The unique color change safety indicator shows green when safe with secure suction and red when unsafe, alerting to when you need to re-affix the suction. Press the lever to remove and make portable. ABS, 11½ x 3½ x 3¼ inches.


    • Prevents injuries from slippery showers and tubs
    • Easy to install
    • Safety indicator shows green when safe and red when unsafe
    • Simply press lever to remove
    • 11½” x 3½” x 3¼”
  • Travel Grab Bar

    Valerie says: Portable balance assist for tub or shower - take it with you! Suction cup design attaches easily to tub rail or shower wall. 4-inch width.


    • Prevents injuries from slippery showers and tubs
    • Easy to install
    • Portable and made for travel
  • Duro-Med Steel Knurled Grab Bar, Silver

    Valerie says: Steel knurled grab bar. Offers increased safety and stability with one-inch outside diameter and extends 4½ inches from the wall. Mounting screws and gaskets are included.


    • Easy installation
    • Mounting screws and gaskets included
  • Moen 24-Inch Kingsley Grab Bar

    Valerie says: Creative Specialtes® by Moen Kingsley 24” Grab Bar features the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish; Kingsley’s graceful curves add a touch of old-world elegance to any bath décor. Designed to perfectly coordinate with Moen Kingsley faucets. Easy to install - template and hardware included.


    • Model YG5424ORB - Oil Rub Bronze
    • Easy installation
    • Mounting screws and gaskets included

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