The best type of toilet seats for seniors have a few characteristics.
- They are higher than the standard toilet seats
- They have handles attached or on the nearby wall
We have a friend whose mother is unable to get up from her toilet. Luckily, her husband is currently able to pull her up but as we have witnessed this exchange, we have to wonder not only how long can he do this but how long before he injures himself doing this?
And then what?
The solution of course, is to raise the toilet seat. There are several excellent options for this purpose.
Add On Raised Toilet Seats
These types of toilet seats are the least expensive and easiest to install. You simply fasten them to the toilet bowl in place of the existing toilet seat. They can be as simple as the Carex Toilet Seat Riser which raises height of the toilet by 3.5 inches. This is the one that I chose for my mother and it worked out wonderfully.
But if you need something that is higher – Carex also has another model that raises the height of the toilet by 5 inches.
Both of these are simple and elegant and very inexpensive.
Of course, some seniors require a bit more than just height when it comes to getting up from the toilet. Some will require a handle of some kind. Well, you’re in luck because there are raised toilet seats that come equipped with handlebars. These are the models that I most often recommended to my patients.
This standard elevated toilet seat with handles is exactly the type of seat that I recommended. It’s inexpensive, easy to install and very safe to use.
NOTE: I would recommend to measure the width of the space where the toilet is situated before you purchase a raised toilet seat with handle bars. I remember ordering a similar product for a patient and when we went to install it – the space where the toilet was wouldn’t accommodate it.
Most of us are very familiar with the raised toilet seats with frames like the model here by PCP. We used to call these 3 in 1 commodes because you could use them over the toilet, in the shower and bedside.
These are fine to use but it does take up more floor space and if your elderly parent has balance issues and uses a cane or a walker, this model may increase their chances of falling simply because they can get “entangled” in the legs.