Grab bar manufacturers are trying to move away from the ADA compliant building code look of public restroom grab bars. New shapes, colors, finishes and materials are now available. But still the stigma of a grab bar has slowed its acceptance by homeowners, despite the convenience and comfort it provides for all users. In a recent New York Times article by Joyce Walder, fold-down grab bars are pictured that can be added to a bathroom when needed. This is an innovative approach to making a house flexible to meet the needs of its occupants, as opposed to the occupants adapting their needs to the inflexible structure of the built environment.
The remainder of the article features other universal design features for special needs, for the possibility of age related physical decline and for maximum access to a house in general.