Handrails for Home Safety and Independence

Handrails are not just for stairs! They are also useful in hallways, living spaces, and outdoors.

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  • Handrails are not just for stairs anymore! Use them in living spaces and outdoors.

  • Handrails can be configured to any space and coordinated to not be unsightly.

  • Unlike most stair rails that are "pinch" shaped (decorative), handrails should be round. Round rails offer the best possible grip for safety.

Round Not Pinch Style Handrails

Handrails are valuable in more places than stairways!  If you think about places where canes and walkers are difficult to use, but your loved one still needs support, handrails can be an excellent option.  Long carpeted areas, in particular, such as hallways and large living rooms should be considered. Handrails can also be customized to bend around corners and change from horizontal to vertical orientation.

SAFETY: While handrails may come with instructions for installation, unless you are skilled in this area, it is best to contact a professional to ensure a proper, safe, and solid installation.

Hallway Handrail

Corner Handrail

Handrails are also very effective outdoors, in open yards and gardens, where loved ones benefit from walking and spending time. They can be installed as freestanding, independent structures anywhere in the yard, or existing outdoor fencing can be retrofitted or replaced to incorporate hand-safe top rails (smooth, easy grip bars). Either can assist loved ones to move about in outdoor spaces they enjoy.

SAFETY: When installing outdoors, handrails should be properly secured in the ground, in the same manner as fence posts. Think of what you see in parks and playgrounds.

Hand-safe Handrail Outdoors

Hand-safe Top Rail Outdoors

Outdoor Dual Handrail

Many specialists in the home modification industry can help you plan, select (or custom order, if needed), and install handrails.

Our loved one falling is usually our #1 fear - and theirs, too - especially if a fall has already occurred. Handrails help with mobility challenges, as well as low vision, which contributes greatly to fall risk.

No content in this app, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

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