Although primarily used in the bathroom and toilet, grab rails can be positioned anywhere in and around the home to provide support. Conveniently placed rails will provide help in four ways:
- to push or pull against when standing up
- to provide a steadying support while sitting down
- to provide a firm grip when transferring from one position to another
- for balance when standing, walking or dressing
Most are attached to the wall, although floor to ceiling rails are available. The type required will depend upon the situation and the hand or arm strength of the person. A combination of vertical and horizontal rails is often helpful.