|Raised Toilet Seats
Some people, particularly the elderly and
those in wheelchairs or using walkers, have
difficulty using a conventional toilet because
the seat is too low. For them, it is difficult,
if not impossible, and often unsafe for them
to lower themselves alone even with the use
of grab bars. Commodes are an expensive alternative.
Raised toilet seats are an inexpensive
to this problem. Depending on
the raised toilet seat unit may
or replace the existing seats.
Here are some
features to consider:
- Height - most seats are designed to raise the elevation
of the seat and lid a fixed distance, usually
3.5 to 6 inches, but others are available
to raise the seat even higher. Some models
offer adjustable heights.
- Capacity - most are designed to accommodate up to
250 lbs, but some models will hold 300 lbs
or more. If you are looking for a high capacity
seat, be sure to check the rating and condition
of your toilet to make sure the ceramic bowl
won't crack under the weight.
- Arms/grab bars - some models include attached arms. These
arms can be very helpful in steadying yourself
as you get on and off the seat. If you choose
a raised toilet seat with arms, make sure
the width of the arms is appropriate to your