One of the things that a relative of mine has to consider in her house move shortly, is making the bathroom, ensuite and downstairs cloakroom as disabled friendly as possible. Her partner was injured in a car accident some 15 years ago and has gradually lost more mobility as the years have gone by. They are now about to move to a 1990s designed family home – for the big garden and driveway. However, unlike today’s houses, it doesn’t have a wide staircase in readiness for a stairlift. It doesn’t have a spacious downstairs cloakroom – again designed for future wheelchair use. The upstairs bathrooms have tiny shower cubicles that need to have a strong wall aside, to allow installation of a flip down stool. The bath too need to have space for strong grab handles for support.
All these things can be built in to their home when they have the place refurbished. A good bathroom installer will know how to help them.