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No Tools Involved … Suction Grab Bar

When I fractured my hip it presented my children with a problem.  My small house had just one bathroom that consisted of a full tub with glass doors. Obviously this wasn’t going to work for an 80 year old woman just out of rehab and living alone !

Luckily my two sons are self employed in the remodeling and building industry.  So, while I was in the hospital, they removed the old tub unit and installed a walk-in shower that made it very easy for me.   At first I had a rubberized no-slip chair that I could sit on and with the use of the hand held shower extension  it worked very well.

As I grew stronger I realized I could stand to shower but we had forgotten about installing grab bars.  They were definitely a necessity but I rebelled against having them as permanent fixtures.  So I was relieved when the Physical Therapist who came twice a week suggested that I try the removable suction cup type. …and that’s what we did.

We bought two of them and they were installed straight from the package. It was very easy.  You just release the levers, put the bars where you want them, and push the levers in.  You can feel the suction taking hold as they adhere to the surface.

However, the PT guy warned me of one thing  (AND IT’S A BIG CONCERN)  You need to release the bars and re-suction them every month at least.  They will lose the gripping ability over time and the last thing any of us need to do is to grab hold and have the bar come loose from the wall.

Obviously grab bars permanently adhered to the wall are the best option for anyone with mobility or balance problems … but the suction ones were the answer for my immediate concern and I was very happy with the solution.

Scroll back to June 7th to see why my blogger-mate Peggy, below knee amputee, travels with one.

At UNlimiters, we’re always looking for products that help us live more independent and easier lives. Have you found a product that has improved your life? Let us know in the Shout section of our store and we’ll try to add it to our selection.

Blog entry by Ginnie, proud member of the UNlimiters team.


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