The same modifications for aging in place are appropriate for anyone who has had surgery, pregnant women (sometimes the balance is off . . . ), a broken leg, and other injuries.

What are the features that we are talking about?

  1. Grab bars for one – and these should just be standard in every bathroom! Anyone can take a bad step or trip over kids toys . . .
  2. Comfort height toilets – this means the seat is a little higher, making it easier to raise oneself off.
  3. Good lighting – lower light levels for nights, and brighter lighting for daytime; light fixtures should be carefully located so the light is where it is needed!
  4. Curbless showers with built-in seats, hand wand, moisture rated light over the shower.
  5. Wider doorways are helpful as well.
  6. Be sure to put easy to use hardware on bathroom cabinets. Arthritic hands can hurt if used to pull in an awkward position. Ditto for lav faucet handles and shower knobs.

There you go! The internet has lots of information on this topic. Another name for this design style is Universal Design. The concept is to make a home comfortable, safe, and easy to access and use for anyone of any abilities.