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Raised toilet seats

A raised toilet seat is an extension that fits on a porcelain toilet bowl and is held in place by brackets. It can make it easier, and safer, to get on and off the toilet.

Raised toilet seats come in different heights – the most common are 2 inches, 4 inches, and 6 inches. The best height for you will depend on your height, the height of your existing toilet, and your personal needs.

However, raised toilet seats don't fit all toilets. If you can't find one that fits your toilet you may need to use a toilet frame.

How do I install a raised toilet seat?

A raised toilet seat is clamped directly onto the rim of a toilet bowl. Don't try to attach it to the seat. You may have to remove the original seat and lid, or ensure they remain up all the time.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for fitting your seat to your toilet. When a toilet seat is fitted correctly it shouldn't move or wobble. If it does, don't use it until it is properly secured.

Once it is on, don't remove it, except for cleaning. Once you have taken it off for cleaning, make sure it goes back onto the same toilet it was fitted to.

How do I use a raised toilet seat?

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How do I clean and maintain a raised toilet seat?

A raised toilet seat is in constant contact with moisture and body fluids. You need to monitor it carefully for any signs of wear and tear. Check its condition, and how well it is fitting, at least once a month.

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Written by the South Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created July 2017.


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Review key: HICMA-171761