Bathroom / September 4, 2018 / Sadie Brumfield.
Since you can move this around to where you need it and change the spray type and strength, it is easier to wash and get clean while still being comfortable and safe. These are also easier to replace at a later date if necessary. They also are not generally expensive options, so they can be done on a budget as you work to remodel your space.
On the side or both sides, depending on the layout of the toilet, in the shower or tub, and when getting out of the shower or tub are good places for these bars. Sinks and vanity areas are not as common, but rails can be used anywhere they are needed. There are small bars that can fit into tight spaces, and much larger bars that are designed to be used in showers and next to toilets when there is plenty of wall space available.
Chair lifts can help with this, but a bathroom on the first floor is very important when you are aging in place. If your home does not have a lot of space on the first floor, getting a bathroom in there can seem difficult. But there are generally ways to make space. You may need to give up part or all of a bedroom, sun porch, patio, office, or another small room that you are not really using.
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.