Bathroom / August 14, 2018 / Salomé Huntley.
No matter how you plan your bathroom remodel, you will want to allow room for these bars. You can then create a look you want without compromising security and safety now or in the future. Consider all the places that these bars or rails can and would possibly be used, and then go ahead and add them. You will have less to worry about in the future, and would not need to stop and add a bar later, since they will already be in place for you.
Since doors come in standard sizes, you will want to be sure what size you need and how big the entire opening must be to accommodate a wheelchair. You may never need to be in one, but if you do need one at a later date, you will be ready and would not have to find another place to live or somewhere else to stay while changes and accommodations are made.
You will also want to look at getting in and out of the tub, so you can pick a way to make your entrance and exit more stable. Many people put up railing and bars, as these can provide stability and make it less stressful to get into and out of a step in tub as you age and your balance is not as strong as it used to be. If a step in tub is not for you, and you are not sure you want to have only a shower, there are tubs that you can walk into and close a door with a watertight seal.
Not all bathroom doors are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or a walker. Most will allow for what is called a transfer or transport chair, but that is not the same. Even with a transport chair, you would need someone to wheel you around. A traditional wheelchair, on the other hand, allows the user to move and steer themselves using arm strength.