The toilet seat
should not be overlooked as a way to help a loved one
stay independent as long as possible. It also can be a
location of great concern for those prone to falling or
for caregivers who must help transfer their loved ones
in order for them to use the toilet.
It may not be the
household item that catches a personís eye or thoughts
while looking for hazards, but toilet seats have options
available today that many caregivers are unaware of.
From extra padding to extra height, these specialized
seats make it easier for elderly loved ones to get on
and off the toilet. The industry, however, is bringing
innovation one step forward with power-lift toilet
There are two
main types of power-lift seats on the market. The first
is a spring-powered option. It is already in an upright
position when a loved one approaches it, not like the
usual toilet seat. It hinges on the front and meets a
personís rear while they are standing. When a loved
begins to sit back, the spring and hydraulic piston
slowly lowers them to a seated position.
With this option,
the device takes about 80 percent of the weight off the
person using it. When a loved one is finished, he or she
stands up independently, with the weight again being
minimized by the hydraulics in the system.
The second option
is completely motorized, assuming 100 percent of a
personís weight. This is a great option for someone who
needs full assistance. It installs on the toilet and
includes a hand controller for raising and lowering the
seat. The controls help the seat meet a loved one in
their standing position; then, with a small lean back,
lowers them directly onto the toilet. When the person is
finished, the controller again is available to lift a
loved one to a complete standing position. For larger
people, a dual-motor option can be bought for additional
toilet seat is available in either a free-standing or
wall-mounted product. The free-standing seats are able
to be used bedside, which some people may prefer for
flexibility. The good news, if you are considering a
purchase, is that if a physical deems this kind of
support medically necessary, many insurance companies
will help cover the cost. A caregiver can do some easy
research to find out their loved onesí benefits.
Time in a
bathroom is typically a very personal thing. Many loved
ones may feel embarrassment needing assistance,
especially if they still are very mentally aware and
simply experiencing the standard bending/reaching issues
that often come with age. With more progressive needs,
an aide still must assist the person in getting on and
off a toilet.
point of view, a power-lift toilet seat is an ideal
option for someone in recovery from a surgery or
illness. It helps people return home and stay home
longer. From knee issues to back concerns, a long
list can be made of times when a power-lift seat is
beneficial. Toileting is one thing that no person can
ignore, and a little help can go a long way for someone
who just needs a boost.
Safety is of
utmost importance to all those involved in caregiving.
All power-lift toilet seats come with weight
recommendations, but most are between 250 to 500 pounds.
There are also bariatric versions available. The
power-lift toilet seats help caregivers and loved ones
alike, by promoting independence and dignity, while
Falls are a big
safety risk for people with uneven gait, or wobbly
knees. Elderly people are especially at risk, as any
caregiver will attest. A power-lift toilet seat
tremendously minimizes that danger.
products were designed originally for hospitals and
other care facilities, they are now available for the
consumer. Caregivers are thankful for fewer falls and
trips to the emergency room, and loved ones are grateful
for regaining a sense of self-worth and respect.
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