Guide to Choosing the Correct Bathroom Aid

Raised Toilet Seats
ShowerCommode Chairs
Transfer Bathtub
Bath Seats Raised Toilet Seats

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Height of the seat - This is the most important issue to consider when choosing a raised toilet seat. Seats are generally available in heights 2" to 6". Choose a height that allows you to keep your feet flat and secure on the floor while allowing you to rise or sit most comfortably.

Weight limits - Choose only seats that will accommodate your weight.

Types of attachments - Some styles sit on top of the bowl after lifting the lid and seat up. These are helpful if you don't want a permanent attachment. Others replace the current seat and lid or are bolted in place by removing the existing bolts and replacing them with longer bolts to secure the raised seat to the bowl. Manufactures use several methods to secure the raised toilet seat to the toilet. Be very careful that you have installed the seat to ensure a safe and secure fit. The seat should not shift when you sit on it and lean forward and backward and from side to side.

Choose a raised toilet seat that fits the toilet. Toilet manufacturers make a standard or elongated bowl (standard is the most common in a home).

Armrests and frames - You can get raised toilet seats with or without arms. If you have a stability problem when rising or if you have difficulty sitting or standing, you should consider a raised toilet seat with armrests or a toilet seat frame. Width between the armrests can vary so be sure you choose one that will be most comfortable for you. Width between the hips when sitting is most important.

The outside measurements of the raised toilet seat with arms and/or the widest distance between the legs of a frame should be a factor in choosing a seat or frame that will fit into the location you have chosen. (Walls, tubs, sinks are all limiting factors)

Seat cutouts - Raised toilet seats can be purchased with cutouts in the front and/or back for ease in personal hygiene. Some are made to assist post-surgical or traumatic injury patients who must keep an extended hip position. This allows a person to extend the leg without bending. Slopes are provided either on the right or left side of the raised toilet seat.

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Shower and Commode Chairs

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What to choose? - You will find that there are many types and combinations of commodes and shower chairs:

  • Mobile
  • Portable commodes
  • Heavy duty (Bariatric)
  • 3 in 1 commodes
  • Shower chairs and benches
  • Mobile Shower Chairs are of two types - self propelled and mobile. The self-propelled types have 24" wheels on the back and 3" or 5" casters on the front. This type is good for an independent person who can carry out bathing and toileting functions by themselves. This type of chair is wider than other types so be careful to measure bathroom doors and shower entrances. The other mobile types have four 3" or 5" casters and require a caregiver to push it. This type is usually narrower then the self-propelled type and fit through shower and bathroom doors. Some models can function as a commode chair if equipped with a commode pail or used over the toilet if supplied with a splash guard. Make sure you measure all spaces around the toilet to make sure the chair will fit over the toilet.
  • Portable commodes are convenient for those with reduced mobility. A commode can easily be placed in a bedroom for convenience and safety. Generally they consist of a study frame, commode seat (padded or solid), most have a lid, commode pail that is removable, fixed back, and fixed or drop arms to facilitate transfer from a bed or wheelchair.
    There are models that are foldable and lightweight for easy transport for use on trips, etc. Some models can also be placed over a toilet when the pail is removed and a splashguard added. This can function as a raised toilet seat and frame with armrests.
  • Heavy Duty - Most seats and stands are rated 250 lbs., however a heavy duty or bariatric product can be rated for people up to 600 lbs. or higher. This type of shower/commode chair is also wider and deeper to accommodate larger people.
  • 3 in 1 Commodes - This type of commode can function as a portable stand-alone commode, a raised toiled seat with safety frame and armrests, and a shower chair. Unless a commode is designated as a 3 in 1, it may not be water resistant and consequently must not be used in a shower or tub.

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Shower Chairs and Benches - These are made primarily for stall showers to give a person more stability while showering. There are several types:

  • Fixed benches - These are permanently attached to a wall of the shower. Important - This type should be professionally installed. The fixed bench type can be available in a fold-up style that folds against the wall for storage.
  • Shower chair/stool - This type is portable. Several models will fold for storage or transport. They are available with arms and backs or without. If the product is without it is called a stool. If you need additional stability, you should consider arms and a back. Manufacturers make them with soft padded or non-padded seats. The non-padded usually have holes or are slotted to allow water to drain. Before choosing a chair or stool, you should determine the most comfortable height for you. Many products have adjustable legs. Make sure the height range is within your comfort zone.

Both the fixed and portable type of shower chair and stool can be obtained with cutouts for personal hygiene or a bidet, padded or no-padded seats, and some with portable shower head holders.

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Transfer Bathtub Bench and Bathtub Seats

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What to Choose? - There are a variety of options to choose from when deciding which type of product will best meet your needs and provide the safety you require.

  • Bathtub seats
  • Transfer benches
  • Bathtub seats that lift and lower

General Requirements

  • Weight limitations - don't exceed manufacturers recommendations.
  • Measure correctly - determine the size requirements of your bathroom and tub, area around the tub, tub wall height, tub wall thickness, and length and width of the tub inside and outside.
  • Seat material - padded or firm
  • Back supports and arms - models come with or without back supports and arms. Some have fixed or removable backs. If you require more stability, then you should choose a bench that has both.

Bathtub Seats and Stools - These products allow you to sit at an elevated height in the tub. Many are height adjustable and have non-slip leg tips (rubber tips or suction cups). Seats come with cutouts to facilitate personal hygiene.

Transfer Benches - These products are an excellent aid in helping a person whether independently or with caregiver assistance to get in and out of a bathtub safely. There are many sizes and special functions provided by the manufacturers. You should be aware of this and choose the best product that meets your specific needs.

  • Legs - Most transfer benches have four legs and are positioned with two legs outside the tub and two legs inside the tub. There are heavy duty models that have six legs and are positioned with two legs outside and four legs inside the tub. Most legs are height adjustable but not in all cases. Make sure your choice clears the tub sides and has a level transfer surface.
  • Seats - When properly positioned, the transfer bench is constructed to allow a person to sit outside the tub, lift their legs, and swing them into the tub while sliding over to safely enter the tub. Since you will be sitting above the water line, you should consider a handheld shower so that you will not be required to stand up to regulate the tub shower. Some specialty seats have a seat that glides across the bench with little effort and others are available that swivel. Consider getting one with a fixed arm on the inside tub side if extra stability is preferred. Some are designed with a divided seat so you can pull a shower curtain between the two seat sections.

Bathtub seats that lift and lower- At the higher end (expense and function) are the transfer benches/seats that lower a person into the tub and raise them back out when bathing is complete. These types are totally self contained and require no installation and can be removed if needed without effecting the integrity of the tub or bathroom. Some manufacturers utilize a rechargeable battery (well outside of the tub) or hydraulics (using the tub faucet water and pressure).

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