Hinged grab bars, also known as drop-down or swing-away rails, are a type of grab bar that comes attached with a hinge on one end, therefore, enabling the user to fold them away when not in use.
These are commonly used in the toileting area and can assist an elderly or disabled user to sit down and stand up from a toilet seat.
Hinged grab bars can be installed on either side of a toilet thus providing more support than a standard single grab bar that is fixed on the sidewall of a toilet.
Some of the features of Hinged Grab Bars in evekare’s range include:
Easily Foldable: The presence of a hinge on one end allows the user to fold the grab bar away while the grab bar is not in use. This allows for better circulation space in the toileting area.
Installation: Can be easily wall-mounted using screws as long as the wall has studs or is built with concrete.
Material: Built using high-quality aluminium or stainless steel and can support up to 330 lb.
Varying Lengths: Come in different lengths up to 30 inches to suit your existing bathroom design.
When do you consider purchasing a hinged grab bar?
If the user falls under a heavier weight-range and requires more support than a standard grab bar can provide.
If there is no sidewall or the sidewall is not appropriate to install a standard grab bar.
If the user needs better circulation space in the toileting area.
What do you need to look for when buying a hinged grab bar?
Much like a standard grab bar, you will need to look at the following aspects when it comes to narrowing down on the right grab bar for you:
Length: A hinged grab bar can range from 23 inches to 30 inches in length, make sure that you measure the distance between the back wall of the toilet and the start of the toilet bowl in order to ensure that you choose the right size.
Area of Installation: Hinged grab bars require screws in order to be fixed to the wall. Ensure that the wall has wooden studs if the wall is made of gyprock or the wall is constructed with concrete.
Weight Capacity: Depending on the construction material of the hinged grab rail, each of them is built to take a certain amount of weight. Please ensure that you know the weight-bearing capacity of the hinged grab bar and the user.
Colour: If the hinged grab bar is being used by a vision-impaired person, ensure the color of the grab bar is of high contrast to the tiles.
ADA Compliant: Ensure that the hinged grab bar that you choose is ADA Compliant.
Other toilet aids that you can consider using with a hinged grab bar include a raised toilet seat or a bidet sprayer.