Many elderly people experience different levels of difficulty when it comes to accessing and using the toilet depending on the types of mobility issues they encounter in everyday life. Along with the physical challenges, the psychological effects like a sense of insecurity and instability when trying to get on and off the toilet seat with little independence and more assistance can be detrimental for the wellbeing of the elderly or people with disability. For this, Toilet aids are designed specifically to aid the elderly use the toilet and bathroom with ease and as much independence as possible. Given the number of options available in the market, it is important that the user understands what their needs for assistance are and which toilet aid can help them with their need.
Generally speaking, the following factors should be considered when selecting a toilet aid
- Ease of use
- Provide effective support
- Can be used independently with little or no human assistance
Here are some options when it comes to toilet aids
- Grab rails
Elderly people may easily lose balance in the bathroom due to wet and slippery surfaces. This is where Grab rails play an important role in assisting the elderly and disabled by providing extra support that they need to stay safe within the bathroom. These disability aids are installed on walls within the bathroom in areas where the elderly and disabled require assistance such as in toileting areas to assist the user with sitting and standing up from the toilet bowl or in the bathing/showering area. There are plenty of options available when it comes to grab rails, these include, size, colour, diameter, installation method and more. It is highly recommended that a user ascertains their requirements prior to purchasing a grab rail.
- Raised toilet seats
Due to limited mobility, elderly and disabled users might find it difficult to sit down and stand up from a standard toilet bowl. So, to solve this problem, you can invest in a raised toilet seat. These disability aids can easily be installed on a standard toilet bowl, providing assistance to the user for sitting and standing up from a toilet bowl. Raised toilet seats come in a number of different elevations and build materials so it is best that a user tests a raised toilet seat prior to purchasing one.
- Toilet frames
Strong metal frames that can assist a user to walk to the toilet and then lower themselves on a toilet seat. Toilet frames are a very good option when grab rails cannot take the full bodyweight of a person or cannot be installed for any reason. Things to look for while purchasing toilet frames include; weight-bearing capacity, non-slip gripped handles non-slip feet and fixed-height v/s height adjustable.
- Toilet support arms
These disability aids help people with reduced mobility to sit and stand up from a toilet seat. Toilet support arms are similar to grab rails however they have a better weight-bearing capacity thus providing better support to the user. The arms can be mounted on either sides of a standard toilet suite and the arms can be folded away while they are not in use.
- Bidet toilet seats
This bathroom fixture replaces a toilet paper and helps a person clean up using water. Not only are bidet toilet seats a environmentally friendly option but also a good toilet aid for people with limited mobility who might find it difficult to undertake personal Features to alter water temperature, nozzle position, water pressure and spray width are available.
Toileting aids have a significant impact on people’s lives. It is the difference between a person being dependent or independent. This can in turn affect their self-esteem and dignity.