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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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Placement of grab bars around a toilet area should be at a comfortable height for the user.
Sometimes people are reluctant to add grab bars because they think it will make their home look institutional.
Some things to think about when choosing a grab bar:
Top priorities included grab bars, higher toilets, curbless showers, and wider doorways.
Grab bars are a sensible addition to any home but not all walls were built with the necessary reinforcement to install them.
There are no hard-and-fast rules regarding the optimum grab bar locations.
For information and sources, search "grab bar fasteners for drywall" on the Web.
"handyman" jobs, like adding a grab bar in a shower.
To further expand the spa's versatility, he added a grab bar to hold while kicking, another exercise with low stress and high cardiovascular benefits.
Home Care[R] by Moen[R] has introduced a Grab Bar Shower Holder designed for easier, safer showering.
* Bathroom tissue dispensers should be installed on the nearest sidewall, at a minimum of 19 inches above the floor and a maximum of 36 inches from the rear wall (preferably not above a grab bar).
If you simply need a little support to lower and raise yourself but there isn't a nearby surface to attach a grab bar, you can get safety frames that wrap around the toilet to offer support.