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Raised Toilet Seat – For Better Safety and Independence

Raised Toilet Seat – For Better Safety and Independence
Anushree Kothari

Raised toilet seat is attached to an existing toilet seat to increase its height. It minimizes the distance a person has to cover while sitting down or getting up a toilet seat. This special needs toilet seat puts less pressure on the knee joints and is ideal for individuals with limited mobility. Its ergonomic design suits the height, comfort and safety requirements of the users and lets them access the toilet independently without any assistance.

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Who should use an Elevated Toilet Seat?

Elevated toilet seat is recommended for people suffering from the following conditions:

  • Recovering from a knee, hip or back surgery
  • Arthritis or sever joint pains
  • Circulatory problems
  • Unstable or weak hips
  • Dizziness

Features of a Raised Toilet Seat

Health Products For You offers a wide range of raised toilet seats with a number of user-friendly features.

  • Generally offers a height elevation of 2 to 6 inches
  • Can be used with a grab bar for enhanced safety
  • Some models feature a clamping mechanism
  • Seat cover is usually skin-friendly and non-skiddy
  • Some models let users clean their perineal area without using hands
  • Allows for an easy tool-free installation
  • Easy to clean and wash

Choosing the Right Raised Commode Seat

Choosing the right type of toilet seat riser which suits the user requirements is an important task. As the raised toilet seat comes in a wide variety of heights, shapes, sizes, etc., the task of choosing gets further complicated. Some models are attached on the top of the regular toilet seat while others are attached under the regular seat. There are also free-standing configurations that help bedridden and immobile patients get easy access to the toilet.

  • Height: An elevated toilet seat usually adds about 3 to 6 inches of height to the existing toilet seat. Some models even provide multiple height adjustments to accommodate users of different heights. While selecting a raised toilet seat, consider the height, comfort and mobility requirements of the users. The right toilet seat is the one where the user can sit with his feet flat on the floor and knees just above 90 degrees.
  • Shape: The shape of the raised commode seat should be in accordance with the shape of the toilet bowl. Generally, the raised toilet seat comes in either round or elongated shape. The amount of space available in the bathroom also determines the shape of the seat that the user chooses.
  • User weight capacity: Usually, the raised toilet seat can accommodate a weight capacity of at least 250 lbs. Some models, known as bariatric ones can even bear heavier weights.
  • Arm support: Arm supports are used to provide extra stability and protection to the users. Some raised toilet seats have built-in arms to help people with the insufficient balance while others have removable arms to give users the flexibility of attaching and removing the arms. Some models even have foldable arms to save space. Mostly, the arms are covered with soft foam to provide a better grip.
  • Clamping mechanism: Some raised commode seats come with a clamping mechanism which helps in easy attachment and removal.
  • Slip resistant pads: Such pads avoid slippage from the seat and enhance the safety of the users.

Choice should be such that best fulfills the situation and the requirements of the users. The right pick will help the users regain their independence and minimize the pain while sitting down and getting up the toilet seats.


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Anushree Kothari, has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2016. She has a deep interest in human physiology and wellness and possess a passion and talent for guiding others through ...

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