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.
See the Toilevator Toilet Riser, 500 lb Capacity
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).
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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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Allegro is celebrating ‘Patient Safety Week’, the week of March 9th, with an eye towards safety products for everyone, including patients. Besides making your life easier, many of these simple products will help avoid slip-n-falls, accidents and household injuries or even death.
Caregivers, we know that you’re exhausted most of the time and your job is difficult no matter what the situation. Here are some products that will relieve some of the stress, improve the independence of your patient, resident or loved one and make everyone’s environment safer.
Gait & Transfer Belts - A gait belt is a safety device that goes around someone’s waist and aids the caregiver in moving the person from one place to another, like from a chair to the bed. It can also be used to help hold a weak person up while they walk. The belt, when used right, reduces strain on the caregivers back and keeps the patient from falling over. How do you use a gait belt? The belt goes outside the person’s clothing with the buckle in front. Thread the belt through the buckle and lock it in place. Make sure it fits snuggly, but with room for your fingers under it. Always bend your knees and keep your back straight when helping to lift or move someone. Don’t twist. Lift with your arms and legs, not your back.
Transfer Devices – These safety boards and discs come in all shapes, forms and price ranges. Essentially, a transfer device helps someone slide from one place to another or, pivot to one position or another. They are great for transfering someone from a chair to the tub or commode, or in and out of bed, or in and out of the car, etc. There are also Patient Turners and Boosters to painlessly and easily move them in bed.
Post-Surgery – Recover safely and comfortably with products designed to accomodate your special needs. We also have safety products for bedridden and post- knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries.
Bathroom Assists – I can’t guess how many injuries and fatalities could be avoided if the bathrooms had been equipped with a few simple products! Choose from a variety of shower chairs & bath benches, toilet safety frames, bath mats and grab bars to get your bathroom up to snuff in one fell swoop. Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered where to find those non-slip strips to stick on the bottom of your bathtub, they are called bath safety treads.
Mobility Items – If they can walk, but they’re weak or unstable you may consider a cane, rollator, standard walker or wheeled walker. For knee surgeries and other special situations, check out our selection of specialty walkers and pediatric walkers.
Transport Wheelchairs – an easy and safe way to get from here to there, especially during travel and outings.
Syringe Disposal – Get all of your Sharps containers at Allegro for safe containment, transport and disposal of needles, lancets & syringes.
Bed Rails – No more worry about falling out of bed! Great for kids or the elderly.
Child Safety – Let us help you keep your kids safe in the home, car and when you’re out and about. We have unique safety gizmos that even you parents-of-the-year probably haven’t imagined.
Personal Protection – For everyone’s sake, keep the germs and other critters at bay.
See more safety and general care products in our Patient Care, Personal Care, Daily Living Aids, Children/Pediatric and Maternity Care categories.
Take care! -v