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Sink Modifications

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DO IT YOURSELF - PURPOSE: To make a bathroom and sink more accessible to seniors and others with arthritis, mobility disabilities, and other physical disabilities. This introduction to a chapter entitled "Bathroom & Washing Up" suggests a variety of modifications to the existing fixture. Included are supporting the sink with brackets or legs, rather than a vanity and insulating pipes to prevent injury; adding a counter with open access at seated height for a wheelchair user and install small grab bars or D-shaped handles on the front edge or top; adding a shelf within reach of the user and equipping the shelf with a lip to prevent items from rolling off; and keeping smaller items on a non-slip tray. If there is sufficient space, a small rolling cart can be substituted for the shelf. For seated individuals, mounting a lightweight mirror at the appropriate height is helpful. For faucet access, install new washers for easier turning and, if needed, replace standard knobs with four-point, cross-shaped handles or lever handles. SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic carpentry and installation skills. AUTHOR: Greenstein, D. TITLE: Sink Modifications. BOOK: Easy Things to Make to Make Things Easy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People & Others with Physical Limitations. REF: Cambridge, Massachusetts: Brookline Books: p 1-2. PAGES (including cover) 3. 1997.

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