We often recommend toilet seat risers and safety frames when customers asking for advice on which products they most need to make their older loved ones comfortable and safe at home. Something as basic as toileting can be painful and dangerous to the elderly if their special needs aren’t considered.
But these items are not just useful to aged loved ones. Recent surgical procedures such as knee or hip replacement, or newly diagnosed conditions like Parkinson’s can make toilet seat risers and safety frames important devices for anyone in the home.
Toilet Safety Frames range from 2″ to 5″ high. They can be padded; come with arms or without arms; you can replace the toilet seat or the riser / safety frame can be added underneath the existing seat for a seamless look. A doctor or physical therapist will recommend the seat height you need for most comfort. One of our highest rated risers is placed on top of your existing toilet bowl and then your own seat and lid are bolted onto it. For those concerned about the “look” in the bathroom it is the most unobtrusive.
Safety frames are another must-have for bathroom safety. Although some risers come with arms, if they do not lock onto the toilet and enough weight is placed on either side while sitting or standing, the seat could tilt. A better option is to purchase a safety frame which has legs to the floor, which offers a more stable support.
So how do you choose which products are best for your situation? Here are the questions you should answer:
- How high do you need the riser to be? (remember – if the riser is 3″, and your own toilet seat is being placed on top of it, that will add another 3/4″ or so)
- Is your toilet round or elongated? What are the measurements of the bowl itself?
- Does the person using the riser also need arms for help in sitting down and standing up?
- Do you want to easily remove the riser and/or frame, or can they be bolted onto the existing toilet?
- Do you want the riser to replace your own toilet seat or to become the new seat?
- Is having a lid on the toilet important to you?
- Be sure the weight requirements of the user are met
- Will there be men in your household not needing the riser? If so, they might want one that is hinged to lift up before use
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