accessible bathroom

Long used in Europe and Asia, these personal hygiene fixtures are being adopted in the US by people who need help using the bathroom

posted on March 31, 2011 - 11:55am
A few years ago, Bonnie Guzelf of Phoenix began having difficulty using the bathroom by herself. Guzelf, who has a slowly progressive form of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), found that her hands, arms and legs were getting too weak to perform basic hygiene. A friend who is an occupational therapist suggested she get a bidet.

A state rehabilitation program remodeled my bathroom — and my life

posted on March 31, 2011 - 11:44am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
I never thought I would be so excited about getting a new toilet, sink and shower. But my new fully wheelchair-accessible bathroom has made such a difference in my life, my attitude and my outlook that I can truly say this makeover has been a life-changing event. More than 10 years ago, I received a diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Over the years, I’ve...
posted on March 31, 2011 - 10:40am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
Aqueduck faucet extender Designed for kids, this quick-and-easy fix also can enable people in wheelchairs to better access the faucet. The extender simply slips over the existing faucet and funnels the water closer to the user. $17.98 on Amazon.com. Peachy, (888) 498-0488.
posted on September 1, 2008 - 5:16pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
My husband Marty and I had been told since Craig was in nursery school and Steven was in kindergarten that our sons had Becker muscular dystrophy. We couldn’t see it. They were running around and playing just like every other kid on the block. To us, it wasn’t real.

Strategies for using the bathroom on the job

posted on September 1, 2008 - 12:23pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
The prospect of spending eight to 10 hours a day at work can be terrifying when you need assistance to use the bathroom. Here’s a look at some strategies and products that can make life a little more comfortable outside your comfort zone. Popping the question It all starts with a request by the employee for specific bathroom accommodations.
posted on September 1, 2008 - 10:16am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
Simplify the bathroom

Modifications can make apartment life convenient and accessible

posted on July 1, 2007 - 9:58am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 4
When three friends decided to move from the dorms at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater into an apartment, they knew they might encounter a few challenges: The just-right place they sought had to accommodate three tenants with neuromuscular disease. The art of self-advocacy

A new tub or towel rack can boost accessibility and value

posted on March 1, 2005 - 10:49am
Whether you see your bathroom as a place for reflection, retreat and renewal, or simply as a necessary facility, you can make it fully functional and absolutely accessible. Create a lush jungle atmosphere ... or a warm and cozy womb ... or simply a place where toilet, tub and sink are placed with your safety and convenience in mind. The market offers endless choices, limited only by your...