Toilet seat risers are an assistive device for seniors or individuals with mobility issues that can provide significant additional relief, mobility, and safety when using the restroom. Most toilet seat risers will offer extra comfort and sitting with more ease and safety through the transfer to the toilet and off the toilet. However, a few considerations do need to be discussed to ensure they are being used appropriately and safely. A question I see frequently arise about toilet seat risers is concerning the height of the toilet seat riser. How high should a toilet riser be? After some time working with senior assistive devices and some research, here is what I can tell you on this topic.
So, how high should a toilet seat riser be? Toilet seat risers’ range in height from the original toilet seat. The recommended height for a toilet seat riser is 2 inches to 6 inches higher than the original toilet seat. Additionally, toilet seat risers should be checked for safety by leaning side to side and front to back. This will ensure the toilet seat riser is installed correctly before use and reduce the risk of further slips, falls, and injuries.
I’m sure you may be a little concerned when I mentioned checking the safety of the toilet seat riser and how to ensure its properly fixed to the toilet. It’s an important step and often overlooked. This can cause further safety concerns and could have your toilet seat riser not functioning properly.
In this post, I wanted to take the time to go over possible height adjustments and recommended height settings as well as touching on the topics of safety and install tips to ensure your toilet seat riser doesn’t end up tipping over while in use. Let’s start covering those details and questions now.
More on Toilet Seat Risers Safety and Height Recommendations
Like I stated before, toilet seat risers can be a great addition to a bathroom to provide additional safety and comfort for individuals struggling with mobility or disabilities. The senior market is an area where toilet seat risers are very prevalent.
However, individuals often have concerns about the proper height and the appropriate safety precautions that need to be exercised to ensure that the toilet seat riser is truly providing additional safety and comfort.
The last thing you want is to believe you will be provided additional safety to end up having your toilet seat riser be the cause of a fall leading to further injuries or further mobility issues.
The few inches of additional height that a toilet seat riser can provide can make a big difference towards someones comfort and ease getting on and off the toilet. The entire point is to reduce the distance that an individual with mobility issues must cover to be seated on the toilet or to lift themselves off the toilet.
Considerations to Keep in Mind When Shopping Toilet Seat Risers
Height is one of the significant concerns with toilet seat risers. Individuals often aren’t sure what height the riser should be. In all reality, anywhere in that 2-6-inch range is ideal and you can even purchase toilet seat risers that can be adjusted on the fly reasonably easily.
It’s more about safety and other considerations that are the most essential with your toilet seat risers which is the topic we are going to dive into next on this post.
When you are shopping for toilet seat risers, you have considerations that you need to cover before making a final decision. Most of these decisions are going to be based on your overall needs after careful evaluation.
The first part of this is considering whether you need to add support arms to the toilet seat risers. Support arms on the toilet seat riser are great for assistance shifting into the seat with support on both sides of the toilet.
Support arms are going to beneficial for any assistive device that’s going to have any form of substantial weight placed on it. The key is to ensure that the toilet seat riser is attached to the toilet securely. Where problems typically come into play is when the riser is not attached properly to the toilet and it’s much more common than you may believe. Trust me on this and stick around for a moment to avoid this happening to you or a loved one.
When this happens, you run the risk of placing weight on either the riser or the support arms. When this happens, the riser has the chance of tipping side to side and off the toilet or tipping forward causing falls and other injuries to seniors. Clearly, this defeats the entire purpose of the riser from the start.
How to Ensure Your Toilet Seat Riser Is Attached to The Toilet Correctly for Safety and Comfort
Considering that toilet seat risers are one of the best senior assistive devices one can purchase for additional comfort and safety, I wanted to ensure I discussed the proper installation tips to placing your riser on the toilet and using it effectively.
I’ve compiled a small checklist to follow when installing a toilet seat riser either for yourself or another individual you may know who is struggling with mobility issues. Be sure to go through each phase to ensure your toilet is installed correctly.
Step 1- Always follow the instructions on the manual or box for your toilet seat riser
Step 2- After install, you need to use your hands and place substantial weight and force on the toilet seat riser on each side of the riser (except the back). This would include each side of the riser and ensuring that when substantial weight is placed on the front of the riser, it doesn’t tip forward or fall of the toilet.
You should have no movement during step 2 of this process. It shouldn’t lift from the toilet seat and shouldn’t pivot forward off the toilet leaning forward. If it does, it’s not ready for use or is currently dangerous to use at this point.
Step 3– Ensure that your toilet seat riser did not come with a clamping mechanism that you failed to install on the riser. Usually, this will include a plastic turn knob and a slip-resistant pad that locks the riser into place. After double checking this, installing it correctly, repeat step 2 and check for sliding, lifting and forward tipping on the toilet seat riser.
Step 4- Sit on your toilet seat riser before an actual use or allow someone with no mobility issues to give the toilet seat riser a sitting trial run to ensure it’s safe and ready to use.
Step 5- Congratulations. Your toilet seat riser is now ready to use and will provide safety and comfort.
In Summary, Properly Installed Toilet Seat Risers Provide Comfort, Safety and Peace of Mind
Like anything in life, proper install or assembly is always critical to ensuring we get the correct use and desired functions from the products we purchase. Toilet seat risers are no different in this manner. They provide comfort and safety but only when they are carefully and correctly installed onto the toilet.
Safety and the risk of falling is always a top concern with seniors and a leading cause of injury and even death amongst individuals in the senior demographic and even low mobility individuals Install your toilet seat risers correctly and begin enjoying the peace of mind they can bring back to your everyday life.
Do you have any recommendations for installing a toilet seat riser correctly and making sure they are safe for use? Be sure to drop a comment below.