Creating a safe bathroom experience for the elderly, disabled, and mobility restricted is a worthwhile task to ensure that these vulnerable individuals can remain independent. Practicing daily tasks, such as using the toilet, can become difficult for users who may suffer from pain, joint issues, arthritis, or someone who simply struggles with balance and stability.
With the help of daily living aids, however, these users can remain comfortable, independent, and safe. Specifically for users who suffer from joint pain or arthritis, a raised toilet seat
is a great safety addition to the bathroom. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the functionality of a raised toilet seat.What is a raised toilet seat?
A raised toilet seat is a safety aid that adds height to the toilet bowl. It allows users to bend less to position themselves on the toilet – an excellent way to reduce stress on aching joints and muscles.What is a raised toilet seat used for?
Raised toilet seats are generally a good aid for users whos struggle with joint pains in their knees and hips and even their back. Often, arthritis sufferers will also find this aid useful. Raised toilet seats mean that users don’t have to put as much pressure on their knees, legs, and back to sit down on the toilet seat and stand back up again.What are the different kinds of raised toilet seats that are available?
There are two primary types of raised toilet seats that can be purchased. These are rubber, and ABS plastic. Rubber raised toilet seats are generally designed to be placed on top of an existing, normal toilet seat. They simply fit over the existing seat and stay in place as the rubber can grip onto the existing plastic material safely. ABS plastic raised seats are aids that replace an existing toilet seat. This requires the user to take the toilet seat that is already attached to the bowl, remove it, and attach the new, raised seat. The right option for your user is dependent on a few things, such as the level of comfort they require, and the longevity of their vulnerability.Do I need to consult an occupational therapist or independent living consultant before purchasing a raised toilet seat?
If you are already aware of the needs of your user – then it is not always necessary to consult an occupational therapist or independent living consultant. However, they may be able to provide some clarity on the exact type of seating that would be best for your user and their unique needs. On the other hand, if you already know the needs of your user quite well, independent research can be conducted to decide what the right raised toilet seat is for you.
How much weight can a raised toilet seat support?
A raised toilet seat is designed to replace the existing toilet seat – meaning that they are designed to bear the weight of an average-sized, adult body. If your user can safely use a regular toilet seat, then a raised toilet seat should not pose a risk for them. The weight capacity of an aid is heavily dependent on the manufacturer – so it is always suggested to get into contact with the company that created the seat if you have any trepidations about weight capacity.What do I need to consider before purchasing a raised toilet seat?
If you are purchasing a rubber toilet seat – the dimensions of your existing toilet won’t matter too much, however, if you are purchasing an ABS plastic toilet seat, you will have to ensure that the measurements line up between your existing bowl and the new seat. Most raised toilet seats are designed to suit an average toilet seat, but it is always best to check. The height of your raised toilet seat should also be considered. The aid should not be so high that the user struggles to get onto the seat, but needs to be high enough to provide relief from any stress their body may endure from moving to the seated position.What dimensions need to be considered before purchasing a raised toilet seat?
If a rubber raised toilet seat is being purchased, the dimensions of your existing toilet should not matter too much – however, if an ABS plastic raised toilet seat is being purchased, you will need to know the dimensions of your existing toilet bowl and the new raised seat will need to be fitted to it. Other than this, no dimensions need to be heavily considered.How is a raised toilet seat installed?
This is, once again, dependent on which type of raised seat you’ve chosen. A rubber raised toilet seat is simply placed on top of the existing toilet seat and is held in place by the rubber gripping onto the toilet seat. However, if you have an ABS plastic raised toilet seat, the old seat will need to be removed, and the new seat will need to be attached in its place.How can I clean the raised toilet seat?
An ABS plastic raised toilet seat can generally be cleaned the same way a regular toilet seat can be cleaned – with toilet specific products and fresheners. A rubber raised toilet seat may benefit from frequent disinfectant wipes, as well as a regular clean of the seat and bowl underneath the supportive aid.What other aids would be useful when using a raised toilet seat?
If using the toilet is a difficult task for your user, a handheld bidet sprayer may make cleanliness and hygiene a much easier task. This aid simply attaches to the wall and makes cleaning much more manageable. Grab bars are also an excellent way to provide extra support in the bathroom – they can be customized in configuration to ensure that the user is getting the correct support for their unique needs. Further aids would need to be researched in relation to your user’s specific needs.
You can get further information on raised toilet seats or toilet seat risers on the following link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilet_seat_riser