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Picking the Right Type of Wheelchair Ramps

Feb 29th 2020 at 2:09 AM

In old age, losing one's balance or strength can make simple things like lifting heavy items, using the toilet, etc difficult. Moreover, with limited mobility, the risk of getting injured while using the toilet increases.

So, to help you avoid any such injuries, we've listed some useful toileting aids that will make your visits to the toilet more comfortable and practical.

Commode Chairs

Being able to live independently and look after oneself despite mobility limitations is important for almost everyone, especially when it comes to personal hygiene. A commode chair can help you do just that by allowing you to go to the toilet without external help. Basically, you can call it a mobile toilet that users can keep in their vicinity. It can be a boon to those who are unable to cover the distance to the bathroom due to frailty or any other reason. For the waste, there is a pan attached to the commode that is removable. You can easily empty its contents as and when required.

Here are the common types of commode chairs:

Portable: These are often foldable and flexible enough for you to carry them anywhere. Most have wheels.

Static: These do not have wheels. They usually come with the feature of detachable arms for mobility. This type of chair is sometimes available with an attractive finish, making it look like an ordinary piece of furniture.

Bariatric: Designed for heavier individuals, this type of chair can carry up to 600 pounds. They provide enough space for the person to use it comfortably.

Hence, this type of toilet aids can be a great option for older adults who would not want to be dependent on anyone for their personal needs.

Padded Toilet Seats

Most people associate the padded toilet seat with increased comfort. However, it comes with other advantages as well. Adaptable for all age groups, it can be useful for people with slight disabilities or reduced mobility. These are portable seats that you can place on your toilet seats for improved comfort.

Before choosing one, it is important to consider the shape of your toilet. Toilet seats come in different shapes such as round, elongated, etc. Hence, to make the right choice, it becomes important that you consider your toilet seat's shape and buy accordingly.

Advantages:

Provides Comfort

They provide a soft seating area. While a hard toilet seat is usually cold, a padded toilet seat provides warmth because of the cushion cover on top. Apart from that, it can be beneficial for people recovering from surgery or childbirth as their transfers to and from wheelchairs or shower benches can be difficult.

Easy to set up

This type of seat fits over toilets in the same way as standard toilet seats. There are no extra steps required to install them.

Easy to clean

With elevated seats and armrests, it becomes easy for elderly people to make their bathroom visits comfortable. Also, they are easy to maintain as most of them have removable padding or cushions. Hence, at the time of cleaning, you can easily remove the cushion and clean it.

Adjustable Toilet Frames

Adjustable toilet frames fit around the toilet and provide valuable support to the users. These frames are adjustable in width and height. If you want to elevate your toilet seat, you can place the toilet frame around it. It helps the elderly or people with limited mobility to easily sit or get up from the toilet seat. They provide a handhold on which users can rest as it transfers some bodyweight to the upper body. You can fix some models permanently to the floor, making them more stable.

Grab Rails

You can use these rails to support yourself while using the toilet. You can fix them to the walls as fixed units, fold them down when in use and fold up afterwards. Vertical floor to ceiling poles are another type of rail mainly useful to people who have the adequate upper body strength to pull themselves from a sitting position.

Pro-Tip

Above mentioned products are mostly for people who need equipment to help them in their day-to-day lives. When you properly leverage living aids, they can make your routine easier. At the same time, it is important that you contact a qualified professional for any type of permanent fitting of items like grab rails or fixed toilet frames.

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