Sunday, February 15, 2015

Raised (High) Toilet Seats for Elderly & Disabled Folks



Raised/High Toilet Seat for Elongated or Round Toilets




Elevated Toilet Seats for Elderly & Arthritis Sufferers

Elevated, or raised, toilet seats like this under $25 lightweight style, fit over both elongated and round toilets without tools and setup; just peel the tabs and stick the seat for a firm seal.   
If you've any knee, back or hip pain, toilets can be a real problem, as they tend to be so low to the floor, getting up can be a scary painful event, indeed. Too, if you have a surgery on the horizon, you're best to invest in a high toilet seat, lest you strain your surgery site like I did. 

Having arthritis and being a disabled senior (albeit a young one!), I have a personal 'relationship' with high--or raised-- toilet seats. Here's the high toilet seat I settled on for several reasons:
  • budget-friendly (yes, cheap)
  • easy to apply; just peel the sticky tabs and place on toilet
  • lightweight
  • easy to clean
  • higher than other elevated toilet seats (just under 5")
  • scooped front (must-have for hygienic reasons)
  • delivered to my door




Raised (high) Toilet Seat 3.5" Riser with Arm Handles for Elderly
Elevated Toilet Seat with Handles (or arms) for Elderly

Raised Toilet Seat Elongated with Removable Arms


Obviously, this elevated toilet seat isn't just for seniors and elderly folks, but I suggest the arm handles for us elderly with arthritis (or disabled with other physical ails) for safety reasons, alone. This raised toilet seat can be attached to your existing elongated toilet and then your pretty toilet seat with lid can go atop this high one, so you won't lose the attractiveness of your decorative seat. Too, if you'll have guests, they won't feel strange using your higher seat. The arm handles are removable in a pinch for that party you're hosting. While this raised toilet seat is a bit more money than the one I have without arms, the handles are worth the extra investment in avoiding falls.  The four-rating is from Amazon (at the link under the image, above).     


Round Raised 3.5" High Toilet Seat with Arm Handles for Elderly Folks

Here's the round version of the raised toilet seat above:




Round Raised Toilet Seat Riser with Removable Arms for Standard Toilets

















Round Elevated 4" High Toilet Seat with Lid for Elderly and Folks w/Disability

AquaSense Raised Toilet Seat with Lid, White, 4-Inches



If you're looking for a total elevated toilet seat unit including a lid, you might want to consider this one by Aquasense; it's a 4" high seat for round toilets. 

You don't need tools and like the others, it's an easy place and seal fit. It has a neat, pulled-together look that won't disrupt your bathroom's decor. It has the front cutout you'll need for these elevated toilet seats. Many seats are 3.5-inches high and this one affords just a bit more being a half-inch higher. There's also a lip in  the bottom front where the seat secures for a stable fit. 







2" High Risers for Elevating Toilet Seats for Disabled



Preserve Your Bathroom's Decor Toilet with Seat Risers


Here's another option for gaining a bit of height using your existing toilet seat. The
risers are 2-inches high and easily adhere
with velcro tabs, so there's no tools involved with installing the pieces for the elevated seat. I would, though, use a strong industrial Velcro-type adhesive strip for heavier weights. Too, if you need the toilet seat for surgery and arthritis reasons, I suggest the high seats, above, where you'll have arm handles and up to an extra 4-inch high benefit versus just two with this elevating kit.




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Having experience with these elevated toilet seats, here's some things to consider:




  • Your pain level. Severe pain in your knees, back and/or hips may require a 3-4-inch high elevated seat.
  • Your range of motion: Limited use of you hands may make using the handle/arms near impossible. be sure you have the hand strength to bear down on handles. I chose to forgo the handles because of poor range of motion and pain levels.
  • Balance problems may necessitate the use of arm handles to ensure you stand straight coming off the seat.  
  • Your need for decor. I love my bathroom, so I  use the most portable for me (the first toilet seat I featured, above).  I can simply remove the elevated toilet seat, as I use the least amount of adhesive, although that's not a good safety measure.
  • Others in the family who use your bathroom may find it awkward. A few of these seats here are easily removed.   




Important Note: I have found that these elevated toilet seats can slip a bit when rising from them, and this can be scary and lead to falls. Be sure to consider your strength, stability, balance and range of motion along with each of the toilet seats' attachments beforehand.   




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