tips for building a bathroom


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tips for building a bathroom

Postby daranch » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:14 pm

My husband Dave was diagnosed with PSP in Sept 2012. We recently moved onto his dream property...Praise the Lord!...and have opted to remodel the house to meet his coming needs. I figure he's about 3 years into the disease. He uses a lift chair and hasn't driven since his diagnosis. I'd like any suggestions about equipment, design etc. that he will need as he progresses. The new bathroom will be close to where his side of the bed will be as we convert a single garage to a master suite. Right now since we only have a bathtub shower, we have grab bars just outside the shower. He gets in after I have finished my shower and I wash him. I dry off while he enjoys the hot shower and then I help him get safely out of the tub. This is my first post and I have lots more questions for later. I appreciate any help!
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Re: tips for building a bathroom

Postby Robin » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:34 pm

I suggest hiring an expert in this important task! In my mind, an "expert" would be a CAPS (certified aging in place specialist). Some contractors, designers, or architects are CAPS.
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Re: tips for building a bathroom

Postby myownwoman » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:22 pm

I agree with Robin about getting a design specialist. Having just been where you are, I can tell you that whatever you design will need to be barrier-free, totally accessible first for a walker, then a wheelchair and finally, perhaps, a lift; ei: no sills, stalls, or tubs; just a huge room with a shower in the corner and a drain in the floor. The more open the toilet is the longer he will be able to use it. You can make this room quite modern and attractive... with the right help. Good luck on your project.
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Re: tips for building a bathroom

Postby daranch » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:03 pm

I ended up deciding on a 4X6 roll-in shower with double adjustable shower heads, one for each of us and no shower bench. Our contractor had built an accessible shower for his handicapped father and took everything you suggested into consideration. the whole bathroom is 9X17, all tiled with laundry at one end. I'm now trying to figure out how high the countertop on the kitchen island should be. We currently have a pub-height table which works well but will be too high when he's in a wheelchair. any thoughts about the most usable height for him to eat in a wheelchair? thanks
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Re: tips for building a bathroom

Postby myownwoman » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:42 pm

A standard height table worked for us... as long as the legs or central pedestal don't get in the way. If you have some way of checking you might also want to make sure the arms will go under too.

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Re: tips for building a bathroom

Postby daranch » Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:47 am

I'd like to give an update on my original post 3 years ago asking for bathroom design tips for my hubby, Dave, who is now about 7 years into PSP. The guys who did the work had built an accessible bathroom for their dad and helped with the design. They did a great job and it works really well for us. First we experimented with layout by putting down painters tape for different arrangements. The roll-in shower is 5x6 with a dual shower head (standing and hand held) on each end. It's all tile with safety bars everywhere. The toilet is by the pocket door and mounted on a toilevator to elevate it another 4 inches. We use 2 stacked Squattpottys which are amazing. There is a wall on one side of the toilet with safety rails. We put up 2 heavy duty transfer poles which enable him to stand up from wheelchair and then turn with assistance to sit. The sink is next to the toilet with a short wall separating them. The washer and dryer are across from the sink. Very smart placement. The floor of the roll in shower gives extra maneuvering space for the wheelchair to turn. We also store the shower chair and lift in the shower and just roll them out when using the shower. We even got a freezer on the other side of the sink. Had to put it somewhere! There's room to roll the wheelchair between the sink and laundry so Dave can brush his teeth. Yes, we've had our fair share of bathroom falls and other adventures but it turned out to be highly functional and flexible as his disease has progressed. It was definitely worth all the time and energy to research and plan. Hope this is helpful to someone starting down PSP's path and planning for future needs
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Re: tips for building a bathroom

Postby Robin » Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:23 am

How kind of you to remember to follow up! Glad things have gone well with the bathroom change.
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