Aging in place on second floor?

jrueterOctober 10, 2013

So in planning our updated MBA, I have been considering various aging in place features like grab bars and comfort height toilet and curbless shower, etc. But then I start wondering if a fully wheelchair accessible space for a second floor bathroom is overkill. Probably. I can see the value in grab bars and considering access as we get older, but if I can't make it over the shower curb, I can't imagine how I will get up the stairs!

So I guess my question is, what seems reasonable (useful) for a second floor MBA?

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Babka NorCal 9b

Good reasoning! Speaking from experience (ah,hem), as you age, your parts wear out. Higher toilets are much easier on the knees/thighs. Higher countertops too so you don't have to bend over so far to wash your face. We now have a 3" curb in our new shower which is a delightful compared to the old 6" one. Grab bars are good to have, but you don't have to put them in right away, just make sure you block the studs for them in the future. So some of this stuff is a good idea on a second floor while you can still get up and down the stairs easily, but that wheel chair access seems silly to me...unless you love this house so much that you'd eventually install a chair lift on those stairs!


    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 1:51PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

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This post was edited by Babka on Fri, Oct 11, 13 at 12:54

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 1:55PM
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I had the exact same thought. Curbless is a nice look but they can be tricky to install and, I imagine, expensive. I am glad to hear that Babka's curb height is only 3". I hope to minimize it as much as possible but curbless seems like an unneccessary extravagance in a second floor bathroom.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 3:01PM
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Like Babka said unless you will be able to put a chair lift in the house, whats the use of the w/c access. Some years ago my dear friend put a lift in their remodel for her mother who walked. I had moved so I really didn't know how useful it was or if it even got used.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 7:48AM
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