Toilet aids are extremely important when it comes to caring for the elderly. There are a number of different toilet mobility aids that can be used, but it can be difficult to know which toilet aid for elderly is best, based on certain needs and conditions. In this guide, we will talk you through various toilet aids and what the benefits are for each, in order for you to select the most effective aid that will really make a difference to someone’s everyday life.
What Is A Toilet Aid?
A toilet mobility aid comes in many forms, in order to help elderly or disabled people who find using a toilet difficult. Many toilet aids can be added to most home bathrooms easily, in order to make lowering down, getting back up again and standing when using a toilet much easier. However, some aids do require installation and a degree of home renovation, depending on the product and condition of the person needing assistance. Overall, toilet aids give back the feeling of independence to a user by increasing support and, therefore, ease of use.
Different Types of Toilet Aids For Elderly
Toilet seat aids can come in a variety of forms to offer a simple solution to elderly people using a toilet.Raised toilet seats are great for those with limited mobility, as they reduce the need for excessive bending. Beaucare’s range of raised toilet seats come in a variety of sizes and forms depending on the degree of mobility of the user. These toilet seat aids are comfortable and make the process of both bending down and standing back up again easy for all users.
Toilet Grab Bars
Toilet and bathroom safety rails are an effective way to prevent any accidents if an elderly person is struggling to walk to the toilet. These aids come in a wide variety of styles and shapes in order to suit the bathroom you have and the user. For example, toilet grab bars are usually fixed on to the wall directly next to the toilet. However, if you are adapting a bathroom at home and there isn’t enough for this, a drop-down support bar extending from the wall behind the toilet may be better.
In terms of toilet mobility aids, commodes are one of the most widely known and used. Commodes are portable toilets that can be used in any space, with the contents being removed and disposed of down the toilet quickly and hygienically. A commode can be kept close to a person and, therefore, is effective for those who suffer from incontinence. If you would like to know more about other incontinence solutions such as bedpans and urinals, please check out our previous post.
A shower toilet is a toilet aid that gives all independence back to the individual using it, as it provides washing, flushing and warm air drying all in one. The Closomat Palma Vita Shower Toilet in particular, is designed to help position and support the individual correctly, in order for the most effective wash and dry. Although toilet aids like this require some form of renovation in the bathroom, they are worth it to potentially change someone’s everyday life for the better.
To demonstrate just how much a shower toilet can change someone’s life, let’s review Dave Ralph’s story, whose severely damaged spinal cord limited his ability to clean himself after going to the toilet.
He states in his story that “I had already had the toilet raised to help me, but it was getting more and more difficult to clean myself, as I couldn’t get my hands behind my back. I wouldn’t expect my wife to wipe my bottom: it’s embarrassing!”.
However, after the installation of the Closomat Palma Vita Shower Toilet, Dave’s life has been changed for the better and has helped him gain his independence back.
If you would like any more information on toilet aids, then please feel free to contact us, so we can help choose the best toilet aid for you. Alternatively, if you would like to know more about adult incontinence in order to pick the most effective toilet aid, please read our previous article offering a full guide to adult incontinence.