Comments (27)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
countbla
All good points. Also, if installing a pedestal sink, ensure it's extra well anchored because users will eventually lean or grab on to it.

Actually make sure anything that can be used as a grab bar is well anchored (avoid those little in-wall soapdish/facecloth holders that used to be standard in every bathroom, they look like a handle when someone is slipping but can't hold much weight).
1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
abigail822

I found it helps to have the floor color contrast to the baseboard or wall for visual orientation if dizzy.

Also, check out the location of the grab bars before they are installed. In a bath tub or near a toilet It helps to have some grab bar to reach forward and pull up with one or both hands and/or something to push up against. A taller toilet is also a big help.

I am a member of the rapidly growing club of fairly young people with joint replacements. Universal design is not just for more than the frail elderly or the disabled.

I once was a guest in a home where the grab bar was placed for looks by someone who didn't need a grab bar and it was useless. I am lucky to have finally pulled myself out before embarassing me and the hosts.

if grab bars have been installed at too great a slant, soapy hands will slide right down. I attached traction adhesive tape to my slanted grab bar to help with this.

7 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Efficiency Plumbing & Remodeling, INC

I like how you can barely tell grab bars have been installed on the first photo

1 Like    

Related Stories

Universal Design How to Design an Accessible Shower
By JW
Make aging in place safer and easier with universal design features in the shower and bathroom
Full Story
Universal Design The No-Threshold Shower: Accessibility With Style
Go curbless between main bath and shower for an elegant addition to any home
Full Story
Showers 8 Ways to Design a Better Shower
See the ingredients of a perfect shower, from the rainshower head and bench to the nook for shampoo and soap
Full Story
Universal Design Aging-in-Place Resolutions for the New Year
How to make your home help you age gracefully right where you are
Full Story
Half Baths Make a Powder Room Accessible With Universal Design
Right-size doorways, lever handles and clearance around the sink and commode are a great start in making a powder room accessible to all
Full Story
Showers The Case for a Curbless Shower
A Streamlined, Open Look is a First Thing to Explore When Renovating a Bath
Full Story
Kitchen Layouts Optimal Space Planning for Universal Design in the Kitchen
Let everyone in on the cooking act with an accessible kitchen layout and features that fit all ages and abilities
Full Story
Showers How to Place Shower Controls for Bathing Bliss
By JW
Body jets, handhelds and showerheads are only as good as their placement. Here's how to get it right
Full Story
Floors What to Use for the Shower Floor
Feeling Good Underfoot: Shower Tiles, Mosaics, Teak Slats and Pebbles
Full Story