One of the first things occupational therapist Lois Glover noticed while scrutinizing the bathroom in Irwin Berch’s airy house in Burlingame, Calif., was the gouged wall.
Mr. Berch lived on his own and managed fairly well at 91. But as Ms. Glover put it, “As we get older, toilet seats get lower.” Mr. Berch had been holding onto the doorknob for support as he stood up from the toilet; sometimes, the door swung away and struck the wall.A towel rack was coming loose, Ms. Glover observed. Mr. Berch confessed he had been using it to steady himself as he stepped in and out of the shower. Read the full article