THIS BLOG WILL COVER THE STANDARDS THAT HAVE BEEN SET BY THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) TOWARDS THE INSTALLATION AND USE OF GRAB BARS WITHIN THE TOILETING (WATER CLOSET), BATHING (BATHTUBS), AND SHOWERING AREA (SHOWER CLOSETS).
Grab bars are a daily living aid or an independent living aid that can be fitted to the wall in strategic locations to ensure that people using a space have something to grip onto for supporting their body weight.
Most commonly found in bathrooms near toilets (water closets) to provide support to users when they are sitting and rising from a toilet seat, in showering areas to provide support while standing for elongated periods of time, and in bathing areas to provide support to disabled users for getting in and out of a bathtub and to lower and raise their body when inside the bathtub.
The abbreviation ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is a civil rights law put in place to prohibit discrimination against people living with disabilities, particularly in public spaces such as workplaces, schools, transport, and basically anywhere that the general public has access to.
This means that all businesses need to have daily living aids that are compliant with the standards prescribed by the ADA.
There are many measurements and factors that need to be considered when installing a grab bar near a toilet or water closet. Of course, it is always best to have a professional install these aids, as they will be aware of what is ADA compliant and what isn’t. However, there are general rules that should be followed, as below:
There are two different types of showers stalls, these include, a transfer stall and a roll-in stall. Transfer showers are designed to support a user who can stand to transfer in and out of a shower stall. A roll-in shower allows for users who are wheelchair-bound to remain in their chairs which creates a safer environment for them.
The requirements for grab bars used in bathtubs vary based on whether there is a permanent bath seat available or not. Below are the appropriate ADA requirements for each type.
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The above-mentioned ADA guidelines for installation or use of grab bars have been put together while referencing the official ADA website on the date this blog was published.
These guidelines may change from time to time and we recommend that you refer to the ADA website directly for obtaining this information or contact a certified installer or an independent living consultant.
We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information provided above and cannot be held liable in any form or manner.
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This blog will cover the standards that have been set by the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) towards the installation and use of grab bars within the toileting, bathing and showering area.