There are lots of ways to make your kitchen or bathroom more accessible. You might move counters or cabinets to a better height, put in grab bars or shower chairs, or leave wide paths to navigate over non-slip floors. You might also make changes to the plumbing fixtures themselves.
Plumbing fixtures include things like sinks, showers, and toilets. You can ask for more information about these items at your local hardware or home improvement store.
What kinds of plumbing fixtures are there?
Traditional showers and bathtubs often have edges that you need to step over to enter. Alternative options, such as walk-in tubs and roll-in showers, may be safer and easier for many people.
Wall-mounted sinks allow a wheelchair user to pull right up under the sink to reach the faucet comfortably.
Choose sink and shower fixtures that use a lever design. These require less force and grip to operate than round knobs. Consider fixtures that say they are “ADA” compliant or advertise one-handed use.
Some toilets and sinks use sensors to detect motion. Then they automatically activate without you pressing a button. This method can be used to turn on water or to flush a toilet.
Handheld Shower Head
Handheld shower heads give you better control over the flow of water. They can be helpful for showering while seated, or for washing another person without getting yourself wet.
Bidets are a way to clean yourself after using the toilet. They spray water. Bidets can be a helpful plumbing feature for those who have difficulty reaching to wipe themselves. You might be able to install a bidet attachment onto your existing toilet.
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