Raised toilet seats are a revolutionary bath safety aid that provides a safe environment to an individual and prevents falls from the commode or toilet seat. These toilet seats that are raised increase the height of the toilet to a comfortable level while decreasing the space between the user and the toilet. Raised toilet seats are also ideal for reducing the burden or stress on hips and knees.
Choosing the right raised toilet seat involves understanding the needs of individuals in accordance with the reason one needs a raised toilet seat and the shape and size of the user and the toilet. There are four major factors one has to take into consideration before choosing a raised toilet seat. They are:
Height of the Elevated Toilet Seats
Understanding what height one requires involves measuring the height of the user and the height of the toilet bowl. First, measure the height of the lower back leg and add two inches to the measurement. Then measure the height of the toilet bowl, but ensure that you do not include the lid and the existing seat. Calculate the difference between the two and the final measurement will be the height of the raised toilet seat you need.
For example, the length of the lower back leg is 18 inches. Add two inches, which comes to 20.
The height of the toilet bowl excluding the lid and seat is 16 inches.
The difference between the two is 4 inches.
You need a raised toilet seat of 4 inches in height.
Shape of the Raised Toilet Seats
There are two different types of shapes available in toilet risers, standard round and elongated.
Standard Round Raised Toilet Seats – Round raised toilet seats are excellent for people who have a wider hip and have a short or average height. They are great for supporting heavy individuals as well since they spread the weight in a round pressure distribution system
Elongated Raised Toilet Seats – Elongated raised toilet seats are ideal for tall patients as they offer great leg space and allow the individual to safely rest their legs without adding pressure or stress on the hips and the legs.
Installation Type of High Rise Toilet Seats
One can choose from four different types of installation mechanisms depending on your toilet seats and the safety level you require.
Non-Locking Raised Toilet Seat – Ideal for toilet seats that are used by others as well. They can be easily installed and removed whenever they are needed.
Locking With Knob Mechanism – A turn knob raised toilet seat is a great option for users that need safety and stability while using the raised toilet seat but also need the convenience of removing the raised toilet seat.
Locking With Tightening Clamps – Tightening clamps on the raised toilet seat adds greater stability and safety and allows the user to easily detach the seat when not in use.
Bolted Raised Toilet Seats – Bolted raised toilet seats are the most secure fit and are great for toilet seats that are only used by the individual who requires the added convenience of the raised toilet seat.
Features of Toilet Seat Riser
Raised toilet seats are equipped with a wide range of features that enhance the safety and comfort offered by the raised seats. They include:
Lid or No Lid – Lids are a safety feature that allows the user to maintain the hygiene of the seat, but if the user cannot easily lift the lid every time choosing a raised toilet seat without a lid would be a better option.
Hinge or No Hinge – Hinged raised toilet seats allow for easy cleaning of the toilet seat as well as the bowl, but in cases where lifting the seat becomes a tedious task, choose the one without hinges.
Armrests or No Armrests – Armrests can be a great addition for people who require help during transfer for on and off the raised toilet seat. They can be a hindrance for people who do not require them
Contoured Raised Toilet Seats – Contoured raised toilet seats are great for easy transfers and comfortable for sitting. The curve along with the shape of the buttocks thus offering safety and comfort at the same time.
Homecraft Savanah Raised Toilet Seat with Lid is designed to allow sitting and raising users from the toilet easier. The elevated toilet seat provides the height needed by the users to easily sit and rise from the toilet seat without any difficulties or additional assistance. Reduced bending and confidence are gained by users when using the raised toilet seat.
Homecraft Savanah Raised Toilet Seat Highlights
Equipped with a lid and adjustable brackets to ensure security
Constructed of lightweight plastic
The raised toilet seat has a weight capacity of up to 420 pounds
Etac Hi-Loo with fixed mounting is a discreet toilet seat raiser that fits most toilets and attaches firmly and securely to the toilet. The ergonomically designed seat has recesses at the back and the front, providing convenient intimate hygiene. The arm supports are foldable but can be permanently fixed in the folded-down position. Hi-Loo can be used with only one arm support if space is limited.
Features Etac Hi-Loo Raised Toilet Seat
Fits most toilets
Armrests flip up and can be easily removed without tools
The front edge of the seat has to be lifted when removing the seat from the toilet
Remains securely in place
Easy to detach: Snap locks make it easy to detach the seat unit for cleaning
Installation and Use of Etac Hi-Loo Raised Toilet Seat
Undo the four fixing screws. The screws should be loosened only. Do not remove completely
Move the four brackets towards the outside of the seat. Tighten the screws so that it still will be possible to turn the brackets one more click.
Place the Hi-Loo on the toilet bowl and adjust it until there is contact at the front of the bowl.
Turn the rear and front brackets at the side towards the bowl.
Slowly lift the Hi-Loo away from the bowl. Turn all four brackets one-click inwards. Now tighten the screws. Important: The brackets must remain in position
Attach the Hi-Loo to the bowl, front brackets first. Then use downward pressure to secure the rest of the Hi-Loo to the bowl. Check it is securely attached.
Maintenance and Safety of Etac Hi-Loo Raised Toilet Seat
Clean/disinfect the chair with normal non-abrasive cleaning agents with a pH value of between 5 and 9, or with 70% disinfectant solution. Rinse and dry. The product is otherwise maintenance-free
The product can withstand cleaning in a sterilizer at 85°C for 3 minutes. This applies to reconditioning
Maximum user weight (see technical data)
A defective product must not be used
Heated chair can cause burns. The materials used are corrosion-resistant. The materials used are resistant to all general disinfectants
Drive Premium Plastic Elevated Regular or Elongated Toilet Seat With Lock has heavy-duty, molded plastic construction which provides additional strength and durability. It is designed for individuals who have difficulty sitting down or standing up from the toilet. It features a wide opening in front and back for personal hygiene and the standard locking mechanism ensures safety.
Features of Drive Plastic Toilet Seat
Arms provide added safety and stability
Tool-free arms are 21" apart and can be removed or added as needed
No tools required for installation
Fits most elongated toilets
Easy to clean
How to Install Elevated Toilet Seat with Lock?
Remove the product from the carton and READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY before attempting to install the product.
Lift toilet seat assembly and place rear wings of toilet seat around the rim of the toilet bowl. (Some toilet bowls may require that seat assembly be removed to allow a proper fit.)
In addition, the front adjustment bracket must clear the rim in order for the raised toilet seat to fit securely.
With raised toilet seat resting correctly on the rim, straighten and center product over toilet bowl as necessary.
Turn adjusting knob clockwise to tighten product securely in place. Hand tightens only - use no tools, and be careful not to over-tighten, as threads on adjustment bracket might strip.
Centered over the toilet seat, not too forward or too far to one side, as the unit may tip.
If you have a style of commode that this product will not fit properly, or cannot be tightened securely as noted above, it is recommended that you discontinue usage.
Cautions with Elevated Toilet Seat with Lock
Always be sure that the seat is correctly and securely locked in place before using
Be sure that the adjustment knob in front of the seat is tight at all times, thus securing the seat to the toilet bowl
Physically challenged users should be supervised or assisted whenever using this product
This product is designed for use with the most common types of commodes. It will not fit all commode types, be sure that the unit is correctly installed, fits properly and is stable before use
On models with armrests: The arms are for the purpose of providing assistance when getting on and off the seat
DO NOT try to use the arms to support full body weight during transfer, as this may result in failure of the unit
Drive Premium Raised Toilet Seat with Removable Arms is designed for individuals who have difficulty sitting down or getting up from the toilet. Heavy-duty molded plastic construction provides additional strength and arm sleeves and receivers are made of metal for more durability. It allows individuals to use their existing toilet seat and lid.
Reasons to Choose Drive Premium Raised Toilet Seat
Heavy Duty Molded Plastic
Easy to Clean
Features Drive Raised Toilet Seat
Drive Premium Seat Rizer with Removable Arms is lightweight and portable
Tool-free arms are 19.75" apart and can be removed or added as needed
No tools required for installation
Easily attaches to the toilet bowl
Fits most toilets
Easy to clean
How to Install Raised Toilet Seat with Removable Arms?
Remove the product from the carton and READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY before attempting to install the product
Place one arm at a time into the armholes on the raised toilet seat (the brass buttons on the arm should be facing out, away from the toilet seat)
Depress the brass button in the front of the arm while sliding the arm into position. You will hear a click when the button is positioned properly. (You will see the brass button pop through the positioning hole)
Repeat process for the back of the arm
Repeat process for the other arm
To remove the arm, depress the brass button while pulling up on the arm. Repeat for the back of the arm
Remove existing toilet seat and lid from the toilet
Position raised toilet seat correctly on the rim of toilet bowl and center as necessary
Attach original toilet seat to toilet bowl so it is positioned over the raised toilet seat
Check for secure fit routinely before using the product. Users weight should be centered over the toilet seat, not too forward or too far to one side, as the unit may tip
If you have a style of commode that this product will not fit properly, it is recommended that you discontinue use
How to Clean Raised Toilet Seats?
Use a non-abrasive detergent or household cleaner with warm water
Rinse with warm water and wipe dry
DO NOT USE AN ABRASIVE CLEANER OR CLOTH with this product, as damage may ensue
Graham-Field Lumex Locking Raised Toilet Seat is designed for those who have difficulty in sitting down or standing up from the toilet. It adds 4.5" height to the toilet seat, thereby reducing bending effort. The front clamping mechanism locks securely to the toilet and prevents shifting of the seat. The wide, contoured seating surface is comfortable and heavy-duty plastic construction is strong and durable.
Features of Graham-Field Lumex Raised Toilet Seat
Available in attractive retail package
Adds 4-1/2" to toilet seat height/ Overall width: 16-1/2"
Seat width: 16-1/2"
Seat height: 4-1/2"
Maintenance and Cleaning of Graham-Field Lumex Raised Toilet Seat
Loosen, retighten, and check for a secure fit of raised toilet seat weekly.
To clean raised toilet seat, wash with soap and water or a mild household detergent and rinse with clear water.
Ensure the raised toilet seat is rinsed well before use.
If moisture accumulates inside raised toilet seat, do the following: Remove raised toilet seat from toilet bowl, turn raised toilet seat upside down and tilt toward drain opening, rotate until drain opening is facing downward and moisture drains from the raised toilet seat, allow raised toilet seat to air dry for several hours
Warnings for Graham-Field Lumex Raised Toilet Seat
This product has a weight limit of 300 lb. which is evenly distributed
Notice for California Customers: California Proposition 65 WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive or developmental harm
Ensure the raised toilet seat is installed as described. If the raised toilet seat is not properly assembled and installed, personal injury and damage to the raised toilet seat could result
Always ensure the raised toilet seat is securely installed before use
Users with limited physical capabilities should be supervised or assisted when using the raised toilet seat
Check the raised toilet seat weekly for signs of damage or cracking. If the damage is found, DO NOT use the raised toilet seat. Contact your Lumex authorized distributor immediately
At HPFY, we have a safe and comfortable collection of raised toilet seats that enhance an individual’s experience of using a toilet bowl.
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