People with limited mobility also desire to be treated as normally as possible. And with the help of healthcare equipment like a walker chair, a bedside commode, and an over toilet aid, these people can finally keep their independence in doing basic tasks while staying safe.
Choosing the right equipment must depend on your personal need and doctor’s prescription to ensure your health and safety.
One of the most commonly used assistive devices by individuals with mobility issues is an over toilet aid. This bathroom equipment enables people who have difficulty getting on/off the toilet safely and independently with a raised toilet seat and arms.
In this article, we will be discussing split seat over toilet aids, their proper use, maintenance, and safety precautions.
What is a Split Seat Over Toilet Aid?
This type of toilet aid has a seating design that provides full access to all the body parts of the user and eliminates the need for them to stand off the chair to have their body parts washed.
The frame of this equipment is made from aluminum oval tubing, making it very sturdy and durable, perfect for rental and domestic use.
Split seat over toilet aids is highly recommended for hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutional use because it is user-friendly for caregivers and easy to maintain.
- Weight Capacity: 160kg
- Overall Length: 59.5cm
- Overall Height: 65 to 80cms
- Overall width: 64.5cm
- Seat Depth: 45cm
- Seat Width 48cm
- Armrest Height: 21cm
- Seat Height: 44 to 59cms
How to Use
When using the toilet aid, users must first sit on the equipment and then move backward until they feel the seat behind their legs. And then, place both their hands on the armrests to support their body and slowly lower down.
Safety and Precautions
For users’ safety, remember and follow these three precautions.
- Place the equipment in a stable position with all four feet on the floor so that it will not slide.
- Place the toilet paper near the user.
- Place both hands on the rails when lowering yourself down and when pushing yourself up.
Cleaning and Maintenance
When it comes to maintenance, first make sure that the equipment is cleaned regularly using a mild disinfectant.
Secondly, discard and replace the equipment once it starts to corrode or is already damaged.
Toilet aids are very helpful to people with limited mobility in keeping their independence and at the same time ensuring their safety during toileting.
But first, make sure to consult your occupational therapist when choosing the right equipment fit for your needs and health condition.
You may also visit the Doability website to check their catalog of all the products they offer. Or you can give them a call and speak to one of their experienced staff to get the right equipment and the right advice in selecting the most ideal solution for your individual requirement or situation.