How to Remodel Your Bathroom for Accessibility

Bathroom Access: Mobility Solutions from 101 Mobility Dallas‘ Gordon Raney

You may not realize it, but your bathroom packs a lot into one small space: the tub, shower, toilet, and sink are all crammed into one room. Gordon Raney, Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and owner of 101 Mobility Dallas, explains how a bathroom remodel could help any homeowner create the space they need in their home. “Think about a scenario in which a person would find themselves in a wheelchair, and see if your bathroom still makes sense,” he says. “If not, a bathroom remodel could help your family out a great deal.”

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  • Grab Bars/Toilet Area – To make maneuvering around the toilet easier, consider installing grab bars. A grab bar is a safety device designed to enable a person to maintain balance and have something to hold onto to prevent a fall or slip when moving about the bathroom. For optimal safety, leave a clear, generous space around your toilet area to minimize accidental trips or injuries.
  • safety step bath doorWalk-in Tub vs. Roll-in Tub – To safely get into the tub or shower, little to no elevation changes or thresholds to cross over is an ideal scenario. A roll-in tub is one that can be used by everyone—whether they’re walking on their feet, rolling in a wheelchair, or transferring into a shower chair. Because a roll-in shower is universal, it does not affect home resale values and can be an attractive addition to any bathroom. Different from a roll-in tub, a walk-in tub requires the individual to step over a threshold, turn around on a slippery surface, and sit down to bathe. Additionally, a walk-in tub almost always affects the resale value of a home due to its limited functionality. When considering a tub remodel, consider all of your options and talk it out with a professional installer to ensure the right choice for your family.


  • Alternative – If your bathroom space or modification budget is limited, consider alternative products like an overhead ceiling lift. This device works off of an overhead track system that is mounted to the ceiling or walls. After installation, caregivers can easily lift and maneuver someone onto a toilet or into the bathtub. Typical systems range from $5,000 to $10,000 and should be evaluated, sold, and installed by professionals.

Still have questions about how to make your bathroom more accessible? No problem, find your nearest 101 Mobility location by clicking here. Check back for more expert advice from Certified Aging in Place Specialist and owner of 101 Mobility Dallas Gordon Raney!


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  1.  May 23, 2019

    During your San Diego remodeling project, most likely, at some point, you will be encountering glass.

  2. Tara Jones  February 17, 2016

    I’m going to be making my home more accessible this year in preparation for my mother to move in with me, and the bathroom is the one place that needs the most work. I’ve also heard of roll in showers and wonder if there was a reason why you didn’t mention it here. I’m thinking of doing that instead of a tub since both she and I have never been big tub people.

    1. Brian Havens  February 17, 2016

      Hey Tara,

      We definitely think a roll-in shower is a great idea for your mother!

      We touched on the idea with: “Because a roll-in shower is universal, it does not affect home resale values and can be an attractive addition to any bathroom.”

      So, if you’re both not big tub people, we think you can’t go wrong with a walk-in shower.

  3. Emma Clemantine  January 6, 2016

    Great post Lauren Davenport. I am loving your ideas and will keep an eye on your site. Keep sharing bathroom renovating tips it was a great help to me.

  4. Lauren Davenport  December 5, 2013

    Hi Ashton! Couldn’t agree more. Bathrooms should be universally acceptable in most, if not all, situations–especially with so many design options available. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Ashton  December 5, 2013

    Great tips. Bathroom designing or renovation should be done by keeping in mind the elderly members or the less abled members of your home. Disability bathrooms, shower rooms or wet rooms also come in elegant and stylish features.

  6. Lauren Davenport  September 16, 2013

    Hi Home Care Pulse–agreed! Feel free to share this information with anyone who you think could use these tools, and check back for more posts coming soon!

  7. Home Care Pulse  August 26, 2013

    This is a great post. Adding grab bars is a quick and inexpensive way to provide stability in areas where it might be a concern, like the toilet or even the shower.

    Thank you so much for posting.