If there is one thing that the elderly have a problem with, it is going to the toilet. It presents them will all kinds of oddities. For one, they might not be able to take the long walk to the toilet, might be unable to get themselves on the low toilet seats leave alone lowering their clothes so as to relieve themselves and then there are those who might be unable to wipe themselves after the act. Sitting on toilet seats also causes joint pains especially for those who have been bedridden because of injuries.
Despite all these, the elderly want to be seen as independent and do not welcome the idea of you their caregiver trailing them wherever they go to the toilet because they want their privacy. We therefore need to look for alternatives that will help them maintain their privacy while at the same time making going to the toilet a simple task devoid of falls and pain. In this article, I will be looking at the use of toilet seat risers with arms that offer the elderly comfort when they are relieving themselves.
What to look for when buying a toilet riser for elderly
You do not want the toilet riser to wobble when the elderly patient is sitting on it, do you? No, you want something that is solid stable and will hold onto the person without the risk of it letting go and resulting into a fall.
Most raised toilets are accomodative and will take a weight of upto 300lbs. However others are not able to support this and therefore when you have a heavy adult, they might not be the best pick.
Round or elongated toilet
While buying the riser, you need to consider your toilet dimensions as well as its shape whether it is round or elongated. If round, go for a round riser and viceversa.
What height does the toilet riser add to your toilet. In most cases, you want it to have the highest height possible so that the elderly does not have to bend so low due to injuries or body pains. At the same time, you have to consider the bowel emptying ergonomics. Scientists say that the best angle for emptying your bowel is 45 degrees. More is not very good.
The toilet seat riser needs to be durable so that it can give you value for your money. You do not want that will stay for a bit and then crumble after investing so much in buying it, do you?
The seat has to be easily cleanable. It should be one that you just need to wipe and do not have to uninstall the entire toilet to clean away particles hidden in between that might have accumulated.
#1.PCP raised toilet with safety frame
When you want to raise your toilet to the highest height for the elderly, then the PCP raised toilet seat with safety frame has got your back. Able to adjust to a height of between 18 to 23″, the PCP toilet riser offers you comfort while at the same time guaranteeing of your safety with the safety frame that you hold onto as you relieve yourself. It can support a weight of upto 300lbs.
#2.Drive Medical Seat Riser with Removable Arms
The Drive medical seat riser is one of the best raised toilet seats for elderly. Measuring at a height of 5″, it is able to help you seat comfortably on the toilet and relieve yourself without having to bend so low. While you do your number one or two, you can hold onto the removable arms on the side allowing you to be more comfortable and stable. The distance between the two arms is 18″ and is therefore wide enough even for extra big people.
This seat riser can support a weight capacity of upto 300lbs.
#3.Essential Medical Supply Raised Toilet Seat
The essential Medical Supply which is made of hardened plastic installs under your toilet seat and comes with removable arms so that you can get on and off the toilet with ease. It gives you a 3.5″ increase in the toilet height.
#4.Raised Toilet Seat by Vive
Measuring approximately 7lbs, the raised toilet seat has to be the most portable toilet riser that you can ever get. It increases your toilet height by an extra 5″ making it comfortable and easy to use. The arms making it ergonomic to use without you having to strain so much.
The Vive toilet riser is made from hardened plastic that is highly durable so that you will get value for your money. It can support a weight limit of upto 250lbs and therefore would not be ideal for very big people.
#5.Vaunn Medical Toilet and Commode Riser
The anti-slip and lockable feature of the Vaunn medical toilet riser makes it hold securely on the toilet seat so that you do not have to fear of falling off or having a seat that easily wobbles when you are doing your business. It is also lightweight and therefore very portable weighing a mere 5lbs. It adds an extra 5″ to your toilet height so that you can reach it with ease and not having to bend so low causing back pains.
#6.OasisSpace Raised Toilet
The OasisSpace raised toilet is another of those great toilet seat risers for heavy people because it can support a weight limit of upto 300lbs. We bought it after one of our patients got a knee injury when they were getting out of their hospital bed. The space between the padded armrests measures 18″ which is wide enough even for big people. It has a unique ergonomic design and holds firmly on the toilet seat without wobbling.