Imagine not being able to take a shower or being able to get on and off the toilet independently. This was a reality that Joe faced daily for 3 years. Joe, a 75 year old gentleman, moved in with his son after having several heart surgeries and a total knee replacement. Disability Advocates was called by Joe’s son after years of him trying to take care of Dad in his inaccessible home. Our Occupational Therapy team did a home evaluation and recommended a ramp and several bathroom modifications including: grab bars, a tub transfer bench, hand-held shower, and a comfort height toilet. We worked with a local contractor in Joe’s area to get the modifications done.
After the work was completed, Joe shared with our staff that prior to the taller toilet being installed, his son had to take him to a nearby restaurant to use the public restroom because he couldn’t get up from the lower toilet in his home. Especially in these COVID-19 times, we are glad you can stay home and use your own bathroom, Joe.