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?

Our answer

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:

  • Telescopic Grab Bar by Bridge (at HME Mobility & Accessibility) 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). It can 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.
  • Home Bathroom Handgrip by Moen (at amazon.ca) is completely portable and is easy to install. This product costs about $25 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee.
  • Traveler Safe-er-Grip Bathtub and Shower Assist Handle (at amazon.ca) 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). 


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