HealthCraft Dependa-Bar 18" Knurling Stainless Wall-Mounted Grab Bar
HealthCraft Dependa-Bar 18" Knurling Stainless Wall-Mounted Grab Bar
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The Dependa-Bar is a high-quality, commercial-grade pivoting and locking horizontal bar that connects to a wall-mounted grab bar. The horizontal bar can be lifted, pivoted and lowered to the next locking position. The Dependa-Bar is intended for moderate vertical and horizontal load bearing to provide sitting and standing support for people with reduced mobility. The Dependa-Bar is installed to a structural wall. The locking mechanism for the horizontal bar in welded to a horizontal grab bar: a castellated collar with 8 grooves (every 45 degrees) to provide a mechanism strong enough to support the user. It is important to set proper height and orientation of the Dependa-Bar to optimize the user’s range of motion. The maximum user weight for this product is 325lbs / 147kgs. Note: Product is not intended to support full body weight. The DependaBar is not to be used in any other way than described above.
The Dependa-Bar offers an unparalleled range of bathtub and shower support. Along with providing traditional grab bar support, the Dependa-Bar features our pivot and lock technology allowing for 5 different positions (one every 45 degrees). This means the Dependa-Bar is where you need it when bathing or showering, and can be locked out of the way against the wall when not being used.
The award-winning Dependa-Bar uses our “Pivot and Lock” technology to safely assist in the challenging motion of transferring into and out of your bathtub or shower safely. Featuring centralized support and ergonomically sound positions, the Dependa-Bar allows for using temperature controls or washing hard-to-reach places like legs and feet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that about 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries that happen in the bathroom.
This is no surprise to us. That’s why we offer several products that can help you stay safe in the bathroom.
Falls are an obvious problem that no one wants to talk about - but the numbers speak for themselves.
|30% of adults aged 65+ fall each year|
|Over 37 million falls need hospitalization each year|
|Almost 650,000 people die from falls each year|
- Top Flange Weldment
- Plastic Sleeve
- Plastic Plug
- Pivot Rail Weldment (with caution label)
- Lower Rail Weldment
- Lift Spacer
- Vinyl Cap
- Plastic Cap (x9)
- Lock Washer, S/S
- Wood Screw, #10, S/S (x9)
- Bolt, 1/4-20 x 1.50", S/S
- 3/16" Hex Key
- The Dependa-Bar is a wall-mounted grab bar that features HealthCraft's "Pivot & Lock" Technology to keep support in front of you.
- Simply lift the horizontal bar to unlock, pivot to the next position, and then lower it to lock firmly in place (every 45 degrees).
- Support in front of the user allows for pushing, pulling, and leaning on the horizontal bar, ideal for entering and exiting the bathtub.
- Available in anti-microbial powder coat white and brushed stainless knurled finishes; made from rust-resistant #304 stainless steel.
- Suitable for use in a wet environment.
- Dependa-Bar supports up to 325lbs.
- Made in Canada.
Supports up to 325 lbs
Painted PT Rail has anti-microbial paint over steel.
Commercial Grade Quality
Stainless PT Rail is made of #304 stainless steel for quality and strength.
Where you need it, every step you need it.
With 5 different locking positions, safety is close at hand. Simply move out of the way when you don’t need it.
There when you need it, gone when you don’t.
Provides assistance exactly where it’s needed most – no reaching, leaning or twisting required.
Specifications subject to change without notice. Product not intended for outdoor use.
|Finish||SK: Brushed stainless with knurling|
|Weight Capacity||325lbs / 147kg ADA Compliant Structural Strength|
|Rail Diameter||1.25" / 32mm ADA Compliant Rail Diameter|
|Pivot Rail Length||18" / 457mm|
|Pivot Rail Locking Positions||5 (every 45 degrees)|
|Pivot Rail Height||32.5" / 826mm|
|Fixed Rail Length||18" / 457mm|
|Warranty||Limited Lifetime Warranty|
|Shipping Dimensions||38" W x 21" D x 4" H|
|Number of Boxes to Complete Product||1 box|
All HealthCraft Products are covered by a one-year limited warranty with the exception of hand grips which are subject to normal wear. Buyer hereby indemnifies, agrees to hold harmless and defend HealthCraft Products Inc. from and against any and all liabilities, claims, (founded and unfounded), losses, damages, costs and expenses (including without limitation consequential damages and reasonable professional fees) resulting from buyers specification, application, or improper use of goods described hereon; buyers omission or neglect.
How Pivot and Lock Support Works
Thoughtful products to make your home safer
How did the 3 founders of HealthCraft Group launch a company with a laser focus on preventing falls and keeping people safe? How did they foster an award-winning company with a culture dedicated to changing lives through functional products? Well, it all started with a broomstick.
They're On A Mission
They are committed to being the best organization on earth at connecting passionate people, progressive ideas and effective product solutions to end the epidemic of preventable fall injuries & deaths in the living spaces of the world.
Who Owns HealthCraft Group?
Meet Don Ed, John O’Brien and Ed Thomas – the 3 founders of HealthCraft Group. Don worked in home health care for over 4 decades, John is an engineer specializing in safety for over 30 years, and Ed was a practicing occupational therapists for 25 years. It’s the ultimate foundation of client perspective, body mechanics, creative ideas and product solutions.
They're here for you
HealthCraft Group exists because preventing falls demands more than just great products. We need to change the conversation around fall prevention, because it affects us all.
Throughout our lives, we all lose ability. For some of us, it's a series of slow changes as we age. For others, it can happen suddenly as a result of a fall, an injury, or the rapid onset of a medical condition.
They're here to show you that you're not alone. Everyone goes through these changes, and it's their goal to help you navigate them safely, gracefully, and without shame so you can focus on the people and the things you love.
- Design Is Their Differentiator - They take an immense amount of pride in their design. They go above and beyond in every detail to ensure they would be confident with our loved ones using their products – and they do.
- Safety That Moves With You - Pivot and Lock Technology allows the user to place the horizontal support rail exactly where it is needed. Unlike fixed/stationary rail devices that limit users to a small area, movable support allows a greater range of supported movement.
- More Holes. More Versatility - Grab bars are best installed on wood studs in the wall. Yet sometimes studs are not exactly where we expect them to be. That’s why they added more holes to their grab bar flange – to give more options for screws to hit wood studs.
- Awards & Recognition
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Dependa-Bar reversible?
Yes. The Dependa-Bar can be installed either on the left or right side of the bathtub depending on your requirements.
Can the Dependa-Bar get slippery?
There are two versions of the Dependa-Bar. The Knurled version is textured in gripping areas, and the white finish is smooth, but easy to clean and contains anti-microbial properties.
Will the Dependa-Bar rust in the shower?
The Dependa-Bar is made out of stainless steel, so it won’t rust like zinc or chrome plated steel will over time.
Suggested Dependa-Bar Positions
How to Use
Don’t Treat Falls – Prevent Them with This Checklist
Over 3 million older people each year are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.
A fall can have a devastating effect on a family, especially as we have an over-burdened healthcare system.
Most falls can be prevented and it’s important to address key safety points in the home. Below you’ll find a checklist developed by an Occupational Therapist to help identify how your home environment, different rooms and different activities in the home can be improved in small but important ways.
When entering your home:
Moving throughout the home:
Getting in and out of the tub and shower:
Getting on and off the toilet:
In the bedroom:
Getting Up and Down the Stairs(courtesy of our friends at Lifeway Mobility):
We encourage you to send this checklist to anyone you know that may find it useful!
Bathroom Safety: The 3 Things to Consider
What should I do to improve my bathroom safety?
Bathroom safety is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and deciding between various approaches can be overwhelming. Answering these three questions will help you make the right choices:
Why you need to think about bathroom safety
Little-known fact—according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—bathrooms are the most dangerous rooms in the house. You might be thinking, “Really? The bathroom? What could go wrong?”
A lot, actually.
Though a lot of us might expect more danger in a kitchen, garage workshop, or a dark furnace room with low ceilings that’s piled high with unknown boxes—in 2008, bathrooms were responsible for approximately 21.8 million nonfatal injuries in persons aged 15 or older. What’s more, over 80% of these injuries were caused by falls.
Think about it! Bathrooms are full of hard, slippery surfaces, they can be small and hard to maneuver, and using them can put us in naturally vulnerable positions.
The truth is, there are lots of scenarios in which bathroom safety becomes a concern. Below are a few examples.
Mom’s had a fall
Unfortunately, we hear from lots of people about this. Usually, they call us in a panic because a parent having a fall is an extremely stressful situation.
Imagine, it’s the middle of the night, you’re asleep in bed, and all of a sudden you’re woken by your phone ringing. No matter who delivers the news—whether it’s your parent, a caregiver, a paramedic, or a doctor at the hospital—your mind is racing when you hear it.
When a parent or loved one has had a fall, the immediate concern is their health, but a close second tends to be their independence and safety moving forward. Oftentimes, bathroom safety modifications need to be made quickly—sometimes even during a parent’s hospital stay.
You’re the primary caregiver for your spouse
At some point, as you and your partner get older, it’s possible that one of you will experience a physical decline faster than the other.
It may not be an issue initially—the kids have moved out so you don’t buy as many groceries anymore—you’re fine to be the one that carries them! But as both you and your partner’s mobility decrease, you may be taking on more physical burdens than you can safely manage. This can put both of you at a higher risk for a fall-related injury.
If you’ve reached this point, it’s totally okay to need a little more support—particularly when it comes to bathroom safety.
Thinking proactively about aging in place
For years, you’ve been saving up for your dream home renovation—and you’re finally ready to design the space you’ve always wanted. But if you’re going to the trouble of extensive renos, you probably want them to last you the rest of your life.
Considering things like bathroom safety at this stage, before construction has started, means that you’ll be able to design safety into your home seamlessly and tastefully. Ideally, it will allow you to stay in your home forever—you just need to make sure you understand what’s required for aging in place.
Other bathroom safety scenarios
Although the scenarios we’ve described are fairly common examples, they may not describe your current situation perfectly. In fact, they may not even come close—and that’s okay!
Whatever bathroom safety situation you’re faced with, it can be hard to know where to start. Don’t you worry! In the rest of this article, we’ll outline the three considerations for better understanding your bathroom safety needs:
Regardless of what you’re dealing with, these considerations will help you approach any scenario with a little less stress, and narrow down the decision making process.
1. Bathroom safety timing or urgency
The first thing that should influence your decisions around bathroom safety is timeliness.
Ask yourself—how fast do I need my bathroom to be safer? The answer will depend on your situation and influence your decisions.
As soon as possible
If someone you live with has been hospitalized for a fall and is being discharged tomorrow, you don’t have time to plan a full-scale bathroom remodel. Instead, you need to consider products that you can quickly and easily install yourself, before or soon after your loved one’s return home.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about improving your bathroom safety for some time, but you’ve held back for some reason. You could be concerned that safety products will make your bathroom look like a hospital (they don’t have to). You may not have fallen yet, but there have been some close calls.
If this sounds like you, we’d urge you to start shopping around for safety products. Even if you feel like it’s too soon for grab bars, they could save you a lot of trouble. Also, not being in as much of a rush means you’ll be able to consider some more elegant options or products that require some construction or professional installation. Just don’t wait too long!
In the future
You might be thinking proactively about an aging parent moving in with you, or about maintaining your independence at home as you get older. Either way, if you’re thinking about bathroom safety for the long-term, you’ll have a ton of flexibility in terms of design.
Not being in any rush means you can plan ahead and make decisions in anticipation of your changing needs that also fit with your tastes.
In any situation, understanding the timing and urgency of your bathroom safety needs is the first step in clarifying your decisions.
2. Specific bathroom safety challenges, hazards, or needs
As we’ve mentioned, bathrooms are full of hidden hazards and challenges. Some are fairly obvious at any life stage; wet, slippery, tiled surfaces can be dangerous for anyone. Some dangers are more subtle, like when you lift one leg to shave in the shower. Others only present themselves when transfers become more difficult over time.
Some commonly challenging transfers include getting on or off the toilet, in or out of the shower or bathtub—or really—any change of height or position where there are slippery surfaces present.
There are all kinds of products and solutions to address these issues. Some are specific to certain areas (e.g. bathtub accessories, PT rails for toileting, tub cutouts), others can be applied more broadly (grab bars, floor-to-ceiling poles, 2-in-1 designer grab bars).
From left-to-right: a HealthCraft PT Rail in-use next to a toilet, a traditional bathroom safety grab bar, and a glass shower by Mondeau Kitchen & Bath featuring an Invisia Shower Bench.
If you use an assistive device like a rollator or wheelchair, you need to make sure you have space for them to maneuver. You may even want to consider a barrier-free shower that let’s you roll directly in.
Two examples of barrier-free showers: right photo features an Invisia SerenaSeat, left photo by BuildAble.
If you’re unable to consider full-scale remodeling to accommodate mobility devices, you need to make sure there are safe places for you to hold on, balance, and rest your weight in the bathroom.
The important thing here is understanding your own specific needs so you know where you need support. This will help further narrow your bathroom safety choices.
3. Cost and budgeting for bathroom safety
Although cost can be a limiting factor in your decision-making process, it shouldn’t be the only consideration for bathroom safety (that’s why it’s number 3 in this list).
If your budget is very limited—then absolutely, buy what you can afford—but if you have some flexibility, take the time to understand the differences between similar products and the features and benefits that you’re paying for.
Remember also, that regardless of price, the bathroom safety products or solutions you choose need to align with your specific needs and timelines.
What factors impact the price of bathroom safety?
If you’ve shopped for bathroom safety products, you might have noticed some significant price differences on products that look quite similar. What makes one so much more expensive than the rest?
One thing you might not notice about a bathroom safety product at first glance is its manufacturing details. Our products (both HealthCraft Products and Invisia Collection), for example, tend to be more expensive than our competitors. This is largely because we produce at smaller volumes and do a lot of our manufacturing and almost all of our assembly in Canada. Manufacturing labor is cheaper overseas and at higher volumes. Although typically, products made in North America have better warranties.
Other factors that can drive prices up on bathroom safety products are different materials and finishes. For example, stainless steel grab bars are more costly than aluminum ones, but they’re also rust-resistant, and therefore better suited to environments where there’s water.
Rendering showing different finishes available for Invisia Collection’s Linear Bar (from top-to-bottom: chrome, brushed stainless steel, oil-rubbed bronze, matte black)
Generally, the more custom finishes offered on any product, the more they will cost. But if matching the rest of your bathroom fixtures is important to you, it may be worth the price.
Finally, safety products with smaller profiles or sleeker designs tend to cost more than more traditional or clinical-looking ones. Again, this has to do with manufacturing volumes, as well as materials and finishes. Some of the more unique products can also have patented elements that make them more expensive to produce.
Renderings highlighting details of the Invisia Towel Bar
We’re not saying it always makes sense to spend more money, but knowing what elements you’re paying for can help you judge the price-to-value ratio on any bathroom safety products.
Scale of bathroom safety modifications
Another factor that will impact your budget is the decision to renovate.
Bathroom renovations can range in price from $1,500 to over $15,000. If you’re handy or you work in construction or carpentry, you’ll probably be able to get away for less—but again—depending on your safety needs, it may not be a great idea for you to sign up for a high-effort DIY project.
If this sounds like too much—don’t worry! There are lots of options to improve bathroom safety that can be done with less expensive minor renovations or without renovations at all. Figuring out what you can afford will also help you shop appropriately for your timelines and needs.
Staying cool about bathroom safety
No matter what situation you’re in, even just talking about bathroom safety can be overwhelming—but if you understand your timeline, your specific needs, and your budget, you can make a plan that works for you!
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