WC on Wheels: The Universal Design for Better Living Trailer

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A grant from the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs is appearing at shows and fairs across Iowa and beyond. It was was designed by an Iowa State University (ISU) professor, Dr. Mary Yearns. Much of her work involves helping people transition back home after a disability -- even a short-term disability.

"When you come home from the hospital and you can't use your own bathroom facility, it's very limiting," Carol Schneider, Plymouth County Extension coordinator,  explains.

The trailer displays features like a sink with space below it to allow a wheel chair to come close, low hand mirrors and towel racks, a movable shower seat and hand-held shower head, a toilet with an electronic lift that can help lower a person to a sitting position and a large square button to flush it.

Yearns had a model bathroom at ISU, but she wished she had it on wheels so she could take it out.

That's how the Universal Design for Better Living trailer came to be.

"There's also a kitchen trailer as well," Schneider said.


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