What is a Raised Toilet Seat?
A raised toilet seat is very similar to a toilet lift in that its purpose is to raise the height of your original bathroom toilet. While they sound like the same thing, they have some slight differences.
Most toilet seat lifts are adjustable and come with a frame of some sort. They can be raised or lowered depending on the individual’s needs and are usually placed over the top of a toilet rather than sitting directly on the toilet.
A raised toilet seat is like a booster seat for your commode. You install it right under your existing or preferred toilet seat and just like that; you have a few extra inches. Raised toilet seats are not adjustable because they are mainly just one contained plastic piece. Most raise your seat height by 3.5 inches, but some raise them higher.
There are permanent raised toilet seats that screw onto your toilet, and there are portable seats that you simply place on top when needed. A portable seat is one contoured plastic seat that features some type of non-skip padding or inserts to keep it from sliding. They are lightweight for easy transportation, removal, and installation.
Raised toilet seats are excellent for seniors who are finding it more and more difficult to lower themselves onto their existing toilets. An increase in height means less bending for seniors and a decrease in the risk of falls or injuries.
Since raised toilets seats are most often large pieces of heavy-duty plastic and sit directly on top of your toilet seat, there is no need to be concerned about the weight capacity. As long as your original toilet supports you, your raised toilet seat should support you as well.
When looking into one of these products, be sure to double-check the measurements of your toilet at home. It is important for your safety or the safety of your loved ones that the seat fits snuggly and securely over your toilet. A sliding seat could cause an older adult to lose their balance and fall, which can lead to injury.