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Grabbing public toilets

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pointed out that generic grab bars in public toilets were not best suited to individuals at home.

Here are examples from our publicly funded senior center. Click on the pictures below to see a larger version. Try the frailty simulation with either toilet [When you visit the senior center -
http://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2005/08/06/ when-you-visit-the-senior-center/]

Place one hand behind your back and stand on one foot. Now, sit down. Then, stand up.

I think each wall tile is 4 inches square (on a side, a.k.a., 4 by 4 inches).

This bathroom is as it appears after (and before) the $280,772 Alaska state community development block grant for senior center improvements. [Bethel Senior Center Building Grants
http://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2005/08/17/senior-center-building-grants/]

This first photo is of our “handicapped” toilet (one of two women’s toilets in the Bethel senior center ground floor.) There are 2 bars, to an elder’s right and back (as seated). Click on each photo to see a larger view.

EHSC “Handicapped” toilet

Here’s the only other woman’s toilet on the first floor. For both, note the grab bars, the extra stall width, the floor to seat height. We fortunately have a variety of older body-types (and abilities) so having just the one standard inflexible set of fixtures levels the playing field and provides equal opportunity aches, pains, strains, ligament tears, fragility fractures.

EHSC Second women’s toilet, 2006

How well did you do on the tests?


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Bethel Senior Center Building Grants

Alaska Division of Community Advocacy:

Fiscal Year Grant Type Recipient Project Description Project Status Lapse Date Award Amount Total Disbursed Total Reported Balance Staff Contact

2002 CDBG City of Bethel Senior Center Renovation/Upgrade Active In Progress Not Entered $280,772 $171,456 $171,456 $109,316 Judy Haymaker

1981 Legislative City of Bethel Senior Citizens–Cost Overrun Closed File is Closed Not Entered $400,000 $400,000 $400,000 $0 Geri Henricksen

AHFC 1997 Funded Lulu Heron Elderly 16 Units Funded with Senior Housing Fund Completed $0 $3,147,806 N/A N/A


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