A raised or elevated toilet seat is an attachment to the existing toilet so as to increase its height. It is primarily designed for users with limited mobility and have difficulty sitting down and getting up from the regular toilet seats. It reduces the distance a person has to move when sitting down on a toilet, thereby putting less stress on the joints. It meets the user’s height, safety, comfort and functionality requirements of a toilet seating.

Who should use a Raised Toilet Seat?

With the help of a raised toilet seat user can manage using the toilet independently with utmost comfort and safety. It is a blessing for following people:

# Elderly

# People suffering from arthritis, sever joint pains, unstable or weak hips

# People with circulatory problems, dizziness

# Those recovering from a hip, knee or back surgery

Features of Raised Commode Seat

Heath Vistas has a wide range of elevated toilet seats on offer with various user-friendly features.

# Provide height elevation in the range of 2 to 6 inches

# Some of them are foamed and have a clamp mechanism

# They have easy tool-free installation

# For greater safety, they can be used in conjunction with a toilet safety rail

# They can be easily washed and cleaned to maintain basic hygiene

# Some of the models even allow hands free cleaning of the perianal area

# The seat cover is non-skiddy

# The seat cover is skin-friendly

Choosing the Right Elevated Toilet Seat

The toilet seat riser is attached to the toilet, with some models that attach under the existing seat and lid and others that attach on the top of the existing seat. Certain styles even connect under the toilet frame, between the toilet and the floor, raising the entire toilet bowl higher. There is also a free-standing configuration which is portable and can be moved to the user (in cases when the user is immobile or bed ridden). The raised toilet seats come with or without arms.

In short, raised commode seats are available in different heights, styles, sizes, shapes, weight capacities and additional features. The user needs to make a pick based on his/her situation and requirement. A correct pick will be extremely rewarding in terms of pain relief and regaining one’s independence of using the washroom by oneself.

# Height: A raised toilet seat adds 3 to 6 inches of height to the original toilet seat. Some toilet seats offer multi-position heights to accommodate the heights of different individuals using the seat. A free-standing style is also adjustable to fit the user’s sitting height and can be placed next to a bed, wheelchair or chair, when required.
Consider the height, mobility and comfort level of the user before selecting the size. The thumb rule here is that the user should sit on a surface where his/her knees are just above 90 degrees with feet flat on the floor.

#Shape: The raised toilet seat has to be the same size as the toilet bowl. Broadly, there are two (2) different types of seats available – round front, 16.5 inches long, and elongated, 18.5 inches long. The user has to decide based on the shape of his/her toilet bowl. The amount of space availability in the bathroom is also a consideration. For instance, if the toilet is wedged between the sink and shower, there may not be enough space to accommodate a wider raised toilet seat.

# User weight capacity: Most of the raised toilet seats have a user weight capacity of at least 250 lbs. However, there are heavy-duty or bariatric models also available to accommodate heavyweight users.

# Arm support: This gives added protection and stability to a user. Some models have built-in arms helpful for those with lower extremity weakness or insufficient balance. The arms are covered with a soft foam for a better grip which prevents the user’s hand from slipping. Some models have removable arms, thus giving flexibility to the user for attaching or removing them. Some models have foldable arms which facilitates easy transfer. Some arm rests can be fitted directly to the existing toilet, without the raised toilet seat, to give extra support to the user.

# Clamping mechanism: Some toilet seats have a clamp on mechanism which makes it easy to add or remove them.

# Slip resistant pads: These when placed on the toilet seat make it further safer for the user.

# Slip in brackets: For those with leg, hip or knee injuries, an extended hip position when sitting down is needed. The slip in bracket is curved with a dip in one side to give easy access to the user.