How can I make my toilet more accessible?

Here are some tips for making your toilet more accessible:
  • Raise the toilet seat. You will find that raising the toilet seat 4 to 6 inches will make it much easier for you to get on and off the toilet, whether or not you are transferring from a wheelchair. Inexpensive portable seats that fit over your current one are available at drug or home health stores. For a less obtrusive and perhaps more stable lift, raise the whole toilet with a Toilevator toilet lift.
  • Install a wall-mounted toilet. When remodeling or replacing your toilet, consider installing one that is mounted on the wall. Not having a base on the floor reduces tripping hazards, makes it easier to clean around, and gives someone in a wheelchair more room for transferring. (Be sure to consider weight limits before installing.)
  • Make toileting easier by adding larger flush handles, long-handled wipe aids, arm supports, or a foot-activated toilet flusher. A toilet seat in a contrasting color will make it easier to see where to sit.
  • Install a bidet that cleanses with water instead of toilet paper. Choose from a state-of-the-art electronic toilet seat with multiple cleansing functions or add a simple personal bidet attachment to your toilet.
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