Raised toilet seats are seat attachments designed for disabled individuals who have difficulty lowering themselves into a seated position, or rising into a standing position. By increasing the height that a user must descend to, or ascend from, these products make it easier for those with physical impairments to toilet themselves safely and without incident. Bear in mind that these toilet seats are constructed to support those with limited mobility, and won’t afford any assistance to those with incontinence-related issues.
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What is the optimal seat height for the toilet seat for seniors?
According to the ADA Guidelines a toilet seat should be 17” - 19” off the ground (which is about the height of a standard sitting chair) the challenge is that most toilet seat heights are much lower, in the 14” - 17” inch range. And even if your toilet is 17” high it is still difficult for most seniors to sit and stand up from their toilet - Hence the invention of the raised toilet seat! The best raised toilet seats will give you a lift of 3” - 6” inches.
It’s especially important to have a raised toilet seat because the bathroom is where most accidents happen in the home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people are injured due to injuries suffered in the bathroom, and almost 14 percent are hospitalized. In addition to the bathroom being the smallest room in the house its floors tend to be wet and slippery which causes many injuries.
Here are some things to look out for when looking for the best raised toilet seat for you or a loved one:
Raised Toilet Seats Come in 2 General Styles
Raised Seats Without Arm Supports - The advantage of these are that they are easier to transfer from a wheelchair or rolling commode directly on to the toilet seat from the front or the side. However they do not have any arm support when sitting or when the user wants to stand up from the raised toilet seat.
Raised Seats With Arm Supports - These raised toilet seats come with arms (some are padded and others are not) the advantage of armrests are that you have arms that guide and support you when you sit down and you can use them to help you stand up. Some raised toilet seats have removable arm that are useful for wheelchair and commode transfers.
Here is Our List of the Best 6 Raised Toilet Seats from Good to Best