Question: My Dad is now having difficulty bending to
sit and stand up from his bathroom toilet.
He refuses to use the full toilet commode that goes over the toilet, claiming
it’s uncomfortable. We’ve looked at
comfort height toilets but they are still not high enough for him to easily
maneuver. We’ve also looked at the high toilet
seats that fit on top of the toilet but we’re afraid those will not be very
steady. How do we solve this problem?
Answer: You can use a toilet riser to raise the
height of the toilet. Typically by installing a riser, you can raise the height of
the toilet up to 4”. A toilet riser is bolted permanently to the floor to
create a solid and sturdy base for the toilet.
There are many benefits to choosing this approach over the toilet
commode or a high toilet seat (aka toilet seat riser):
A riser is aesthetically
more pleasing than either a free standing toilet commode or booster toilet seat
that attaches onto the toilet. Because the
riser is placed underneath the toilet, it doesn't draw attention to itself. It blends in to the bathroom and doesn’t look
like medical device.
A riser is permanent,
doesn’t need to be taken on and off the toilet, and is much easier to clean
than either of the other choices.
You do not sacrifice
comfort when you lift your toilet from the bottom. You can re-use your existing toilet and toilet
For those who want a
more customized look or height, you can also build a platform/riser under your toilet. Just remember to keep the size of the riser minimal so that it does not extend beyond the toilet seat edge and cause a tripping hazard.