Let’s use one common reason for purchasing a toilet riser. You just recently completed a total hip arthroplasty (THA), which comes with an array of movement precautions set forth by your doctor. Although hip surgeries have made some excellent advances, the one common precaution that merits the need for a toilet riser is “not being able to bend past 90 degrees at the hips”. So if the doctor does not send you home from the hospital with a toilet riser under your arm, where do you start?
Toilet risers are often simple to locate in pharmacy or department stores, but buying the product off the shelf doesn’t guarantee that it will fit your toilet and your body mechanics needs. Healthcare providers will often refer you to medical equipment supply companies, but similar risers can be located online. The following items are popular types of risers that can be located on Amazon.com, each of which come with a short description and a list of pros and cons about the product:
Raised Toilet Seat by Vive – Portable Elevated Riser with Padded Handles – Toilet Seat Lifter for Bathroom Safety – Assists Disabled, Elderly or Handicapped
This riser has a 5.5 inch lift from the toilet seat and accompanying grab rails that appear height adjustable and removable.
Pros: The grab bars come with non-slip material which allows for a better grip during transfers. The toilet seat can accommodate for up to 250 lbs. The seat is designed for the majority of ADA (American Disability Act) compliant toilet seats including circular and elongated bowls. It locks onto the toilet seat with no assembly or extra tools required.
Cons: ADA-compliant does not necessarily translate into Australian Standard compliant. Buyers in Australia need to seriously consider the measurements of their own toilet before purchase. The height is limited to 5 inches with no available adjustments. Finally, 250 lbs is a relatively small weight capacity (a slightly overweight male to be exact), which can be problematic for many full-sized adults.
Lightweight Molded Toilet Seat Riser (5 Inch Lift)
- PCP brand elevated toilet seat riser is made for convenience and simplicity. Made in the USA, lightweight and easily portable, it can be quickly interchanged and removed as needed for toilet use. Durable molded plastic has superior strength with practically unbreakable contoured design.
- Installation is quick and easy, no tools or assembly required. There are no drill holes or removable parts where bacterial can become trapped. This design allows for superior cleaning and hygiene.
- Seat height: 5 inches (12.7 cm) in front, 6 inches (15.2 cm) in back. Overall seat width: 15 inches (38.1 cm) side to side. Overall depth, is 15.5 inches (39.3cm) . Seat is designed for optimal fit on standard round toilet bowl fixtures.
- No complicated locking features or moving parts, the increased lift of the seat can be applied by infirmed, feeble, weak or recovering patients. An excellent choice for seniors, limited mobility, assisted living caregivers, disabled or recuperating from hip, back, or lower body surgery.
- Product weight: 3 lb, 2 oz. Please see additional images and measure accordingly.
This molded toilet riser is light-weight and is designed to provide an incline with a height of 5 inches in the front and 6 inches in the back.
Pros: The height incline is a great option for persons who recently left hip surgery since the incline is a prevention measure for popping stitches or sliding the new ball-and-socket joint out of place. It’s light-weight, making the toilet riser portable for community use. This toilet riser has a 300-lb weight capacity.
Cons: This particular toilet riser does not come with grab bars, which can complicate transfers more for persons who already have limited lower-body strength. According to the product information, this seat isn’t necessary measured according to ADA standards, and so there is a higher risk of it not fitting certain toilet seats.
Raised Toilet Seat with Safety Frame (Two-in-One)
- PCP 7007 elevated toilet seat; Doubles as a stability safety frame & raised toilet seat
- Ideal for patient recovery from knee, hip fracture, back, lower body surgery, strains, muscle injury
- Medical grade, lightweight and portable moves between bathrooms; Easy to remove when not in use
- Designed for limited mobility, seniors, the disabled; Simple to clean for assisted living caregivers
- Ships pre-assembled; Includes molded plastic seat with bottomless splash guard to direct waste into toilet; Seat height adjusts 18 to 23 inches; Overall width 21 in; Width between arms 18"
This toilet riser doubles as a safety frame, not connecting to the toilet seat directly.
Pros: This elevated seat can tolerate up to a 300-lb weight capacity. It is easily placed over the toilet seat rather than clipped on, so in many cases the individual doesn’t have to worry about measuring the toilet bowl. The elevation is adjustable between 18 and 23 inches and the sturdy rubber stubs keep the seat firmly planted to a tile surface. The frame comes with grab bars which provides assistance for folks with limited thigh strength and core stabilization.
Cons: Because the seat is not directly attached to the toilet, it can still tip if a person is leaning too harshly from a neutral position. Individuals need to measure the surrounding area of the toilet to make sure the frame will fit around the entire toilet rather than just the bowl.
EZ Rise Cushioned Toilet Seat
This is a toilet seat that outlines the bowl using Velcro straps
Pros: The surface of the pad is non-slip and well-cushioned which provides relief for individuals with skin breakdown or sensitivity. It is easy to clean and is light-weight for portability.
Cons: In all honesty, a product like this should not be considered a toilet riser. Rather it is just a pad that can provide buttock relief with slight elevation. A seat this padded MUST be approved by your doctor for use, especially if you recently came out of hip surgery since extra padding can displace or dislodge a new joint placement.
Tall-Ette 725831006 6″ Elongated Elevated Toilet Seat
- Adds 6” of additional height to regular toilet seat
- Slip-In Lok-In-El bracket provides a fast, convenient and safe way to secure the standard elevated seat
- Contoured surface that provides a more comfortable and supportive seat
- Makes rising to and lowering from the toilet an easier and safer process
- Weight Capacity is 300 lbs
This product is available in several heights, designed for elongated toilet bowls.
Pros: The product comes with two types of attachments, depending on what the user is looking for which allows for temporary and permanent placement options. This riser comes in heights between 2 inches and 6 inches and can tolerate up to a 300-lb weight capacity.
Cons: This riser does not come with any grab bars and is only designed for standard, elongated toilets. Users need to accurately measure their toilet bowl to see if a product like this will fit.
Adjustable Raised Toilet Seat, Increased Elevation
- PCP brand elevated toilet seat riser is made for convenience,and simplicity; Durable molded plastic seat and liner with vinyl coated steel has superior strength durability; Chrome finished arms provide safety and security when using the toilet
- Perfect for after hip surgery or for anyone who has trouble standing up from a sitting position; No tools required for installation; Great for smaller bathrooms where space is at a premium
- Adjustable height from 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm); Aluminum frame with vinyl protectors; Includes padded arm rests; Safety clamp grips provide a universal fit; Easy to clean molded polyethylene ring; Continuous polyethylene splash guard
- Ships preassembled, Easily interchanged when not in use; Can be applied by infirmed, feeble, weak recovering patients with limited strength; Fits standard round and elongted oval toilet bowl rim shapes
- Made in the USA with medical grade materials to hospital standards; An excellent choice for seniors, limited mobility users, assisted living caregivers, the disabled, or those recuperating from hip fracture, back, lower body surgery, strains, or injury
This toilet riser is height adjustable and comes with grab bars.
Pros: The riser connects directly to the bowl, which means that no extra space around the toilet is taken up by parts. The height-adjustable feature is between 3 and 6 inches, making it more versatile for a variety of surgical and medical conditions.
Cons: It connects to the toilet more at more than one point, which can make installment to a variety of toilet bowl sizes more complicated.
Online purchases of any kind of medical equipment can be a complete mystery until you open the box. If you have any concerns or questions about toilet riser measurements and whether or not it will be an appropriate fit for the user, contact a primary physician or a licensed therapist for more information. Health care providers with extensive knowledge in adaptive equipment might be able to spot exceptions that caregivers and users commonly miss.