Bathroom / June 8, 2018 / Bianca Marlow.
A wider bathroom door is also easier to accommodate a walker, cane, or crutches. No matter what type of aid you may need in the future, you will be able to access your bathroom. It is not just the door that needs extra clearance. Everything you do in the bathroom will require extra room for a walker or wheelchair, or any other type of aid you may need to get around.
If you share your bathroom with someone else who does not need a taller toilet, or if you have a newer or more expensive model you just do not want to replace right now, an add on can be a good compromise and make things easier for you if and when you need the extra help. Installing grab bars or rails next to the toilet can also help you stand up and sit down more easily, whether or not you choose to change the toilets height.
Lifting your foot up and over the tub edge, and the balance required to do that, can become difficult in later years. But some people still want a step in tub for a number of reasons. Others may prefer a stand alone shower that does not have a tub attached to it. Then there are curbless shower options no lip on the edge of them, so you can roll a walker, wheelchair, or transfer chair right across the edge.
One of the most important things you can do early on in your remodeling project is add grab bars and rails. These can be installed nearly anywhere, and they should be mounted into studs to ensure that they are as secure as possible. Larger rails and bars that are made of metal are generally the best option, because they support weight more easily and are also not difficult to clean.