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Installing handrails and support rails

Rails around the home can help you stay independent. They can also help you take part in everyday activities. Rails can make you safer and more confident by reducing your risk of falls.

To achieve this, the rails must be correctly installed and positioned. You can find information about how to install rails in the links below.

Suction rails are not recommended, because they are not fixed securely into the wall framework. Safety using suction rails depends on:

For help installing a rail, contact one of the tradespeople recommended by Enable New Zealand or suppliers listed by Age Concern.

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Written by Professional Leader, Occupational Therapy, Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation (OPH&R), Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2019.

See also:

Finding & paying for disability & mobility aids

Page reference: 248233

Review key: HIDAH-120231