To make it easier to get onto or off of a toilet, remember to assess the position of your loved one when seated. For example, suppose that person seated appears with their knees higher than their hips. In that case, they will likely have difficulty rising off of that surface, whereas if their hips are slightly higher than their knees, it will be much easier and less physically demanding for a person to come from sitting to stand. The following options can increase the toilet seat height to make it easier for sit to stand and increase independence.
Toilet transfers: For toilet transfers, there are many options to choose from but no matter what you choose, ensure that it is stable, firmly attached and that it does not move once it is in place.
A common option that is very safe and multipurpose called a three-in-one commode, as it functions in three different locations and is portable.
NOTE: If you are unable to afford these items such as a tub bench or bed side commode, you may try looking at thrift stores as these are commonly available for around $25, and some health care insurance will cover the bedside commode if your loved one's doctor provides a prescription for it. Just be sure to sanitize it and that all parts including the legs and rubber footing are in good working order.
Other options can include a toilet seat riser with or without handles to elevate the seat height. These types of devices must be maintained checked to ensure they stay attached to the toilet.
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