Improving home safety for seniors

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Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a three-part series. Q: My husband has a neurological disorder. His eye-hand coordination and strength are OK, but he has difficulty walking and his balance is lousy. Stairs are a challenge. He is resisting installing (safety) equipment because he says he "isn't handicapped" and he doesn't want to go through the hassle of finding and hiring a contractor. I think it's time for us to take some safety measures around the house. We live in a split-level home with our bedroom on the second level. We have a master bathroom off the bedroom and a half bath on the ground level. The master bath has a jetted tub and tiled shower stall. He can navigate the shower fine, but forget about stepping over the edge of the tub. I vaguely remember you guys wrote about installing grab bars in a shower. My husband's always been a pretty handy guy, and maybe he could do the work himself if I can convince him it should be done. Can you guys help? A: Yes, ...