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Aug 24, 2019 10:48:46   #
nitnana (a regular here)
I had decided to have grab bars installed outside our bathtub (at home) and our shower stall (at the cottage.) My DD has discouraged me saying the grab bars have to go into a stud which has to be outside the plexiglass (plastic? whatever material) the shower/tub surround is made of. So she has been advised by an OT that the seat in the shower/tub is preferable. But no one will answer me - how does that help the getting in and out? - especially of a tub with high side!?? (Get that ol' leg up!) It seems to me we need the grab bar just outside the tub area (on the wall) so we can grab on as we get in or out. Am I crazy? Or what?
Aug 24, 2019 10:52:12   #
I've seen a bath seat that is half in the tub and half out in the room ... you sit on it and swing your legs over and into the tub and sit on it to bathe. I didn't study it or ask the homeowner about it, so don't know if it's practical or not, nitnana.
Aug 24, 2019 10:53:09   #
We had bars installed outside the tub on the wall.
Aug 24, 2019 10:54:17   #
jditlin (a regular here)
For the best security grab bars really should be in a stud. What my DH did when he installed them, he installed a board horizontally across 2-3 studs and put the grab bars in them.
Aug 24, 2019 10:55:38   #
mattie cat (a regular here)
This is not a DIY project but for a skilled handyman it is a snap. He/she will use a stud finder to determine where the stud is behind the fiberglass and drill trough. It is a good idea to have grab bars inside the tub/shower (in case you felt like you might fall) and outside to assist in getting in and out.
Aug 24, 2019 10:56:16   #
I have 2 large grab bars in my shower stall. They have suction cups on the ends. I have been using them for years.
Aug 24, 2019 10:57:01   #
LEE1313 (a regular here)
NOT CRAZY at all.
There are options. The "chair" used in the tub is half in the tub and half outside the tub. So you can "slide" across the seat to get out. My Mom used one. It works ok. And if your shower has the shower head on the long cable to use to rinse with you can be OK.
GRAB BARS: YES they should be installed into stubs. There are many styles. I have one on the outside edge of my walk in shower. I LOVE the security it gives me getting in or out. Call a licensed plumber to have them properly installed. You don't want to rely on a grab bar and have it pull out of the wall.
And they can be added over the poly-whatever that shower walls are made of. But again I would use a professional. Home Depot and Lowes offer these services also.

Read options on line in the DIY sections. YouTube may also give you info.
Aug 24, 2019 10:57:37   #
I would check with bathroom installers. We have a grab bar in our tub that goes through the wall into the studs. No need for a stud outside the wall.
Aug 24, 2019 10:59:01   #
Janpeonys (a regular here)
You are right. I have one horizontal which serves to dry my swimsuit, etc. It has what is called PEEN finish. Think of it as scraped. It's roughened so it is grabby with wet hands. I got it at a big box hardware store. I also bought am OVER THE TUB grab thing. It just tightens on. I use both to get on and out.
Aug 24, 2019 11:07:18   #
I just had a hip replacement and got one of these seats and love it. I also have a grab bar installed just inside the tub. It's a suction cup type. I have a fiberglass tub so that's all I could do. I've had it for many years and have never had a problem with it. Just don't get a cheap one. It's worth the extra money. Also just a small one that is enough to hold onto holds a lot better.
Aug 24, 2019 11:09:52   #
This is one we are looking at. Hubby uses a chair in the tub.
This one is similar to the one that the Red Crosslent us when he had a knee replacement.
Would a good dab of silicone hold another bar in the shower?
Aug 24, 2019 11:14:34   #
mattie cat (a regular here)
Some of these would not work if there are shower doors.
Aug 24, 2019 11:24:35   #
gozolady (a regular here)
Like these? Suction

Aug 24, 2019 11:28:16   #
saukvillesu (a regular here)
When we moved to our condo (just over a year ago, and shortly after my husband's stroke and stay at hospital therapy unit), we had builder leave off the planned glass shower door (I hate glass anyway) so I use a standard shower rod and curtain. We had them install grab bars in the shower at 3 spots as recommended by therapists--horizontal ones under the shower head and closer to the built-in bench, and a vertical one on the tiled wall as you step into walk in shower. He has improved enough that he doesn't need to sit down in there anymore, but it's still great place to hang the bench pad and suction rug. The vertical one is useful for both of us, and very sturdy because builder put into stud. Another suggestion from therapists was also followed--horizontal bars on each side of the toilet (which is in it's own little room--water closet). The bars weren't cheap, because we wanted something that matched faucets, etc. but they are nice looking and very helpful--a great source of security for now and future.

Before we moved in to the condo, we got the "transfer bench" also mentioned by other people. It was the only way we could get him into the shower-over-tub in small bathroom. If you this arrangement, it really works well--as someone else said, it was placed with 2 legs in tub and 2 outside on the floor, which made it more sturdy than completely inside the slippery tub. And, it's lightweight, so I could move it out of that small bathroom when his shower was over.
Aug 24, 2019 11:29:04   #
randiejg (a regular here)
I have grab bars with suction cups in both the bathtub and the stall shower. It's best to thoroughly clean the smooth area they will be attached to as well as the suction cups, then also wipe the areas and cups with alcohol, which will ensure that the suction cups will hold more securely. Even so, I always test them before I get in to make sure they are still holding well.

I've tried three different stools for the stall shower and tub, and for me they were more hassle than help.
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