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bar

 [bahr]
1. a structure having greater length than width, and often some degree of rigidity.
2. a heavy wire or a wrought or cast metal segment, longer than its width, used to connect parts of a removable partial denture.
3. a long narrow rigid structure that a patient can grasp to assist in stabilization.
grab bar a fixed bar in the bathroom to assist a patient in preventing falls while bathing or toileting.
median bar a fibrotic formation across the neck of the prostate, producing obstruction of the urethra.
parallel b's a set of bars running parallel to each other; the patient holds them with the hands to ambulate safely.
tarsal bar tarsal coalition.

grab bar

A bar attached to the wall to assist in basic activities of daily living.
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Many of today's grab bars are cleverly disguised, looking instead like sleek soap dishes, functional shampoo trays, trendy towel racks and even toilet paper holders.
Another method, which requires opening the wall in the area where the bars are to be installed, fastens so-called wood blocking to the studs; the wall is then closed up and the grab bars are fastened to the blocking.
A lighted grab bar provides enough light to find the toilet without having to turn on additional lighting.
Top priorities included grab bars, higher toilets, curbless showers, and wider doorways.
In addition to grab bars, there are three key ingredients to safe and accessible showering:
There may be circumstances in an alteration to cells in which grab bars cannot be securely attached to meet security requirements.
Hold on to grab bars for support when getting in and out of the bathtub or shower.
Most Sears stores will stock CareMate's 4-foot planogram featuring 10 of the line's best-selling items, including elevated toilet seats, shower benches, adjustable shower chairs with and without backs, handheld showers with regular spray and pulse-action, and 16-18- and 24-inch tub grab bars.
raising desks a couple of inches by inserting blocks under the desk legs to accommodate wheelchairs, or installing grab bars in the rest room).
Folding shower seats, grab bars, and flexible and removable thresholds round out the ADA product suite (photo at http://budurl.
Yet despite these concerns, the majority of children and grandchildren have not equipped their older loved one's home with safety features such as grab bars in the shower, raised toilet seats, an emergency response system and/or an entrance ramp.
Grab bars and raised seats not only help prevent slips and falls, they also help a senior with limited mobility move with less pain and strain.