Using the toilet is something we all have in common. It’s just a normal part of life, and most of us use a toilet several times a day. 

Yet, as we age, sitting on and standing from a toilet can prove to be challenging. It’s quite a common issue and one that, fortunately, comes with a variety of solutions. If you or someone you love needs assistance with toilet use, you can make some modifications in their home that allow them to maintain their dignity. 

From car seats and microphone stands to, yes, toilets, many products today are designed to be customizable for different users’ needs, sizes, height, weight, and other factors. Some people call them “tall toilets” while others refer to them as “comfort height” toilets. Either way, they’re designed to make it easier for seniors to take care of private matters … privately. 

Below are some of our recommendations for the best toilets for seniors, allowing them to keep greater control over the more sensitive aspects of their daily lives while maintaining their ability to age in place. 

Replacement: Choosing the Best Toilets for Seniors

All the major toilet brands offer tall toilet options (referred to as comfort height) for people who may have difficulty sitting or standing. Big-name hardware stores typically offer installation for a fee if you purchase a toilet from them or you can hire a local plumber to install it for you. Unless you or someone you know has extensive plumbing experience, be sure to let a professional install it for you. 

Most standard toilets stand 15 or 16 inches from the floor to the top of the seat. Comfort height toilets usually add 2 to 4 inches to the seat height, making it somewhat easier to sit. All the toilets recommended below range from 17 to 20 inches tall. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requires accessible toilets to be 17 to 19 inches high from floor to rim. 

American Standard Right Height Toilet

As one of the country’s most popular manufacturers of toilets, American Standard is always a reliable choice. They offer numerous “right height” toilets, including the Cadet models which sit 16.5 inches from the floor. Prices range from about $350 to more than $500.

Convenient Height Extra Tall 20” Toilet

Taller than most other comfort height brands, this toilet sits a full 5 inches higher than the standard seat. It costs $539 and comes with free shipping. 

Kohler Highlight Comfort Height Toilet

Kohler, another trustworthy brand, produces a range of Comfort Height models that use less than half the water of other brands but maintains a powerful flush. Their bowl height options range from 17 to 19 inches and come in three colors. 

Other Toilet Seat Options

Complete toilet replacement isn’t the only option. You can also purchase raised seats that can attach to your existing toilet, grab bar attachments, and risers. 

Raised Toilet Seats

Many manufacturers sell extra-tall toilet seats that can be attached to your existing toilet. A far less expensive option than complete toilet replacement, these seats are available at most hardware stores, drug stores, and medical supply stores. Make sure these are attached tightly so there is no risk of the seat moving.  

Toilet Seat with Arms

For extra stability, you might consider a raised toilet seat with grabbable arms or side handles. They perform the double function of a raised seat and sturdy arms that make it easier for sitting and standing. 

Toilevator Toilet Riser

You can keep your existing toilet but raise it 3.5 inches by installing this porcelain base at the bottom of your toilet. It comes with a kit that allows for easy installation. 

Additional Tips

Installing grab bars in the bathroom(s) can be extremely helpful in providing confidence and stability for anyone who is physically challenged. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to attach to the walls, although we recommend hiring a professional to install them for you to ensure maximum safety. Grab bars that attach by suction are available but do not provide adequate safety and support. We do not recommend using these products.  

Also, encourage your loved one to use the toilet more frequently, such as after meals. This way, you’re likely to avoid bathroom emergencies, especially for any family members who may move slowly.

For more information about home modifications that help seniors age in place and stay safe and healthy, contact your friends at Omicelo Health. We’re here to help families stay in their homes as long as possible by guiding them through a variety of solutions for keeping their living spaces safe and secure.  

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