Portable grab bars: Is there such a thing as a portable grab bar?

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Is there such a thing as a portable grab bar?


My elderly parents are both quite frail and have become reliant on their grab bars in the bathroom. However, they still enjoy travelling to visit their family and friends. Is there a portable grab-bar that they can easily take with them on vacation?

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Yes, there are a variety of portable grab bars available on the market. However, if you choose to purchase a portable grab bar, it is highly recommended that you seek professional help with installation to ensure that the bar is secure. Additionally, adhesion should be checked regularly before use. Below are direct links to some examples of these products:

  • Home Bathroom Handgrip Bar, by MoenHome Bathroom Handgrip Bar by Moen (at Lowe's) is completely portable and is easy to install. This product costs about $25 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
  • Traveler Safe-er-Grip Bathtub and Shower Assist Handle (at Amazon Canada) by Mommy’s Helper is not a grab bar, but rather a portable shower assist handle that may be more easily stored in luggage when travelling due to its smaller size. This product costs about $20 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
  • MOASKER Adjustable Bathtub Grab Bar Safety Rail (at Amazon Canada) provides strong support for when getting in and out of bathtub and clamps on with a strong clamb, preventing the danger of a suction cup coming lose. The product costs around $70 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
  • Telescopic Grab Bar by Bridge (at Healthcare Solutions) is perfect for any time a permanent grab bar is not accessible. It can be installed and removed without tools and is offered in a number of sizes. The price of this product is about $100 to $200 (CDN), plus additional shipping fees. It can also be ordered from HME Mobility and Accessibility by phone at 1-844-641-6832 or in person at one of HME’s showrooms located in Richmond, South Surrey and Vancouver.

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