Plumbing – How to make these bath valves easier to use


I'm looking for a way to make the valves in the pictures below easier for my mother to use. She has a bad case of arthritis in here hands, so this was suggested by a nurse.

I would really prefer any ideas that don't require opening up the walls and replacing any plumbing. Do I have any options outside of that?

I was thinking of changing the handles. I also thought about removing the valve stems and replacing them with something, but I'm not sure if this is a real option.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Best Answer

I'd try something that has a single lever to turn. These are generally easier to grab. And while you're at it, a similar replacement for doorknobs can be helpful. A quick google turned up this: