Bathroom upgrade accommodates resident

Local laws may impact final decision

Q: Please let me know about toilets that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We have a normal toilet as well as grab bars. My husband uses a walker at all times and has a difficult time sitting down and getting up from our toilet. Is there a catalog of items and information about plumbers who supply needed equipment?

A: Not long ago, we wrote a series of columns on adaptive aids for those of us who are physically challenged. We talked about the Americans with Disabilities Act and some of the requirements mandated by the federal government to assist the disabled. We mentioned an ADA-compliant toilet but neglected to describe it.

The basic difference between a standard toilet and an ADA-compliant model is the height.

Any plumber or competent do-it-yourselfer can install an ADA-compliant commode. They are readily available at any plumbing supply house or home center and range in price from around $200 to upward of $500 for premium brands.