WALKER DOES NOT FIT THROUGH BATHROOM DOOR!!!
When nature calls, you can’t put her on hold but the walker, rollator, and wheelchair will not fit through the bathroom door! What can you do? I have just described what most of my patients struggle with when they need to walk into the bathroom, but their walker/rollator will not fit through the narrow bathroom door frame. Most homes, both new and old, have 28″ to 32″ bathroom doorway openings. Consequently, even when the front wheels of the rolling walker are repositioned to be on the inside of the walker, neither a standard rolling walker (walker with 2 front wheels) nor a rollator (walker with 4 wheels, generally a seat with a basket, and front brakes) will fit through a narrow door. To add insult to injury, many homes with narrow doorways also have long, narrow walkways between the tub/shower and the sink with a countertop. Furthermore, the toilet is at the very back of the bathroom (just like the bathroom in the pictures below)!
Most of us have heard the saying, “necessity (desperation) is the root of invention.” Well, when nature calls desperation and necessity become top priority–especially when my patients DESPERATELY want/need to stop using the bedside commode because they are embarrassed by the appearance, odor, and decreased modesty/privacy associated with using a bedside commode–but narrow doorways put using the bathroom for nature’s call on HOLD!
THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX OR THE BATHROOM = CHEAP SOLUTION!
The pictures below illustrate how I solved 2 problems with one system–aka killing two birds with one stone!!
PROBLEM 1: the bathroom door opening and walkway between the tub and countertop are too narrow for a walker/rollator and the toilet is at the end of the bathroom.
PROBLEM 2: no grab bar or handrail on the RIGHT side (my patient is Right-Hand Dominant) when sitting and needing to stand up from the tub/shower bench.
Materials needed: Closet rod wall mount brackets and 1- Metal pole (Home Depot cut the pole to fit the opening of the tub)
Total Cost: $15.23
|SOLUTION 1: As a bar to walk to the toilet||SOLUTION 2: As a handrail to stand up from shower chair/bench|
|Use the bar and the counter top like parallel bars to walk to the toilet||Easily lift out of the way to get in the tub|
|Lean the bar on the wall to get it out of the way||Use the bar to stand up|
|Close up picture of open end bracket mount||Close up picture of closed end bracket|