Raised toilet seats are a great way to safety raise the height of the toilet seat which makes it easier for anyone with a mobility challenge or a safety concern to get on and off the toilet. Today, most toilet seats are at a very low height, forcing the user to squat down to almost 90 degrees to get on and off the toilet. Going from sitting to standing activates the hips, knees, ankles, hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps and if any of these muscles or joints are constrained, it may make it more difficult to go from sitting to standing.
Elevated toilet seats are often used for short term use after an operation or injury and are great products for anyone with diabetes, hip pain, knee pain, back pain, arthritis and mobility challenges. Raising the toilet seat can also be a long term bath safety solution and is commonly used among seniors throughout America.
Raised toilet seats are for people who can go from sitting to standing with minimal aid and can use their legs to do so. The ability to bend the knees and ankles are required, however, a toilet seat riser increases mobility by making it easier to go from sitting to standing because the toilet seat riser reduces the distance of the movement required. It’s important to note that toilet seat risers do not provide assistance or support during the standing process unless the toilet seat riser has arms and/or rails.
Raised toilet seats differ in their height and may go anywhere from from 2 to 5.5 inches. The elevated toilet seats which are 5 or 5.5 inches tall drastically decreases the distance between the toilet and user which supports the person’s mobility. Lonjev typically recommends using a higher toilet seat riser at least 4 inches and preferably 5 inches when recovering from an injury or when mobility is constrained. Over time, if the person’s mobility increases, the user may decide to get a new toilet seat riser which is lower in height and further activates the muscles needed for sitting and standing.
Elevated toilet seats can increase independence by enabling the user to more easily get on and off the toilet and therefore use the toilet by themselves. Portable, replaceable toilet seat risers such as Lonjev’s Bottoms Up are easy to install and easy to clean, making it a wonderful option for anyone searching to raise the height of the toilet and increase bath safety.