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LaHouse is a display of high-performance building practices to create more sustainable, resilient and healthy homes in the gulf region. The research-based facility is located on LSU's Baton Rouge campus and displays home-building techniques and solutions for Louisiana's unique climate. LaHouse is open weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 p.m. for self-guided tours or can be toured completely virtually.
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The lip of the tub features a seat which allows space for a parent to sit while bathing a child. This offers a more comfortable option than kneeling on the floor to help a child in the bath. It also serves as a way for someone with limited mobility to carefully enter the bathtub.
Grab bars in the shower help older individuals get in and out of the shower without falling or slipping. Because of the water, bathrooms are common places for falls, and grab bars are an easy solution that can be installed after a home is built.
In addition to the existing grab bars, there is blocking in the walls if more are necessary or if the height or locations need to be adjusted.
Single lever showers are a better option than two handled faucets for many reasons:
Because a single-lever does not have the option to only turn on the hot water, users are less likely to burn themselves in the shower. The single lever ensures cold water is always mixed to prevent scalding and burning.
For those with limited hand mobility, two handled faucets can be difficult to operate. The single lever does not require a strong grip to adjust and can be done with only one hand.
Faucets with two handles to adjust temperatures are harder to repair because two separate stems can be damaged and need replacing. Single lever options only have one stem, so there is only one cartridge that will need to be fixed or replaced.
This doorway is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and has no raised threshold that can be a barrier for those who use mobility assisting devices like wheelchairs and walkers.
The seat provides ease for those with limited mobility getting in and out of the tub as well as a place for parents to sit while bathing their children
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