I’d wager that the person that came up with this idea wasn’t handicapped. They were looking for the cheapest, simplest ways to meet the needed requirements. This led to an avalanche of businesses believing THEY were handicap accessible because they had installed the required two bars.
Picture it. I’m on the toilet. Texting on my IPhone (what do you do?) when I start to fall. GO GO GADGET THIRD ARM! The amazing arm I have hidden on the back of my head (like Voldermort) extends and latches on to the safety bar BEHIND ME, catching and saving me.
That bar is obviously genius, right?
Even better is how handy it is, especially because I LOVE getting personal with a toilet.
Now I’ll give our next bathroom credit. They have put safety grab bars on each side for either left or right-handed disabilities
The issue with THIS stall is that it’s too narrow for a person in a wheelchair that needs assistance of any type to GET that help; and how is that person in the wheelchair supposed to turn around to lock/unlock the door?
We aren’t even going to go into the crazy stupid placement of toilet paper holders. The people who put those up deserve a holiday all their own so we can celebrate the first proven existence of living humans with no brains.
For real. Think about it next time you’re out and use a bathroom. Where is the toilet paper holder?
There are places that get it right. That truly understand what a handicapped person needs. Places that don’t make me feel like an inconvenient afterthought.
#1 shows that the have horizontal grab bars but vertical ones too. I have a vertical bar next to my home toilet because that is the natural arm position to pull myself from a sitting to standing position. Having anything at all sturdy to grab is good, but this bathroom gives important options.
#2 shows they have a grab bar that can be pulled down to accomodate the right side. This is a biggie with me. I’ve been a lot of bathrooms where the handicapped stall was made for a right-handed person. They never took into account they might have one-armed user that can’t reach or use the facilities.
I could go on for a while and never leave the bathroom. Wait til I get into shoes and desks. It can get ugly.