Choosing a Raised Toilet Seat
February 15th, 2010 at 3:38 pm
Raised toilet seats are divine inventions for those who have trouble bending to sit on a standard toilet seat. These elevated devices are routinely prescribed for short term use upon hospital discharge, usually to accommodate fractures or post-hip replacements and knee surgeries. Elderly individuals and those with chronic arthritis, hip pain, knee pain, back pain or mobility issues may require a more permanent solution to maintain independence in the bathroom.
Sizes, prices and safety mechanisms vary considerably so you need to know your options.
Optimal Seat Height: Raised toilet seats sit atop the stool and typically add between 2 inches and 6 inches in height. The higher the seat, the less flexion is required in your hips and knees, making it easier to sit down and stand up. If your toilet seat is too high, however, you will feel unstable. The ideal height is one where your feet are flat on the floor.
You can also elevate your toilet seat by raising the entire toilet from underneath. Allegro Medical sells a toilet seat riser that doesn’t change the look of your standard toilet but will raise it about 3.5″ off the ground.
Most Popular Raised Toilet Seat
Hinged Elevated Toilet Seat – 3″ - Perfect for the men in the house, this device raises the seat by 3 inches but also allows the ring to be lifted the same as your standard toilet seat. It barely changes the look of the toilet.
Use the following “Raised Toilet Seat Buyer’s Guide” to help decide which toilet seat is right for you or your loved one.
Raised Toilet Seat Buyer’s Guide
Short Term Use – Non-locking Raised Toilet Seats - For short recovery times, occasional use or some post-surgery, the raised toilet seats without locking devices work fine. They are portable and very easy to use.
Depending on the stability of the user, we recommend that these be used along with a Toilet Safety Frame since these elevated toilet seats are attached by reliable methods, but not clamped or bolted on for increased security.
Medium Term Use – Locking device - Special locking devices, front-clamps and brackets keep these raised toilet seats from shifting providing a secure, comfortable toileting experience. A fantastic alternative to permanent fixation.
Long Term Use – Bolt on Toilet Seat - Perfect for disabled, elderly or those with a chronic need for an elevated toilet seat. These raised toilet seats are super secure and have many helpful features to make getting on and off the toilet much easier.
Specialty Toilet Seats
Hip Replacements, Post Surgery, Leg, Hip and Knee Injuries and Fractures often require a unique, asymmetrical shaped toilet seat riser with one side “cut out” to allow one leg to remain in the prescribed position while sitting (knee should be lower than the new hip during hip replacement recovery).
Bariatric, Heavy Duty, Extra Wide Raised Toilet Seats- Choose from styles that accomodate users up to 600 lbs.
Wheelchair Transfer Toilet Seats - Convert your toilet into an elevated wheelchair transfer seat. Bolts onto most standard toilets.
Please call an Allegro Customer Care agent at 800-861-3211 if you require further assistance in choosing the right raised toilet seat or see all Raised Toilet Seats for more ideas.
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