Using the toilet isn’t typically a topic for polite conversation, but let’s face it: when it comes to aging in place, no topic is off-limits.
While there is no such thing (yet) as an aging in place toilet, there are a number of products that not only assist with sitting and standing but can help maintain personal hygiene, as well.
From research and user experience, we’ve compiled a list of five toilet products that meet the standards for those looking to age in place:
- Highline® Comfort Height® Toilet by Kohler
Kohler’s Highline® water-conserving toilets combine both a modern style and unbeatable functionality. Featuring the Comfort Height® toilet bowl, the seat height is comparable to that of a standard chair, which makes it much easier to sit down and stand up for people of all ages. This particular toilet also includes Kohler’s Class Five® technology, which provides bulk waste flushing performance and best-in-class bowl cleanliness. It also meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program’s strict flushing performance guidelines – users can see a significant water savings of up to 16,500 gallons per year.
WHY IT’S GOOD FOR AGING IN PLACE: As we get older, it can become much more difficult to sit down and stand back up. Replacing a standard toilet with one that sits up higher can make it easier to use the toilet.
- Advanced Clean AC2.0 SpaLet™ Bidet Seat by American Standard
American Standard’s Advanced Clean AC2.0 SpaLet™ Bidet Seat brings a whole new standard to cleansing and personal hygiene, giving users a superior experience and unparalleled comfort right in their own home. The bidet seat features two self-cleaning water spray nozzles for independent front and back cleansing. It also gives users the option of an adjustable heated seat, with three presets and the ability to create two custom heating settings. The seat includes adjustable water controls, as the water pressure and temperature have five levels (3 preset and 2 custom settings). All of these settings can be controlled with a remote. The seat has slow-close technology, and with one push of a button, it can be removed for easy bowl and seat cleaning.
WHY IT’S GOOD FOR AGING IN PLACE: It’s important to have good personal hygiene, and a bidet can assist with that task as you continue to age. By including a remote, users can enjoy the many different settings of the bidet without having to contort their body to press buttons on the side of the toilet.
- Aquia® IV WASHLET®+ S550e Two-Piece Toilet by TOTO
TOTO gives users the best of both worlds with this toilet: a bidet and an auto-flush system. The WASHLET system neatly conceals the power cord and water supply hose, making for an easy and clean installation that will complement anyone’s bathroom décor. The toilet features a ceramic glaze that prevents debris and mold from sticking to the surface, making it easy to clean. It includes many automatic features, like an auto open and close lid and the previously mentioned auto-flush. The touchless technology enables the toilet to automatically flush when someone sits up and walks away from it. Users do not need to wave their hand over a sensor to activate.
WHY IT’S GOOD FOR AGING IN PLACE: Sometimes it can be difficult for those choosing to age in place to have the necessary strength to pull down on a lever or push down on a button to flush the toilet. By incorporating an automatic flush sensor into the toilet, users can find comfort in knowing nothing will be left behind after their trip to the bathroom.
- Hinged Toilet Seat Riser by Carex
Carex, a leading manufacturer in products and equipment for seniors, has created raised toilet seats perfect for elongated toilets and standard toilets. The hinged toilet seat riser adds 3½-inches of height to a toilet, while supporting up to 300 pounds. The hinged seat is easy to clean, much like a standard toilet seat. The toilet seat installs safely and quickly between the toilet bowl and the existing toilet seat, making it an easy choice—especially when buying an new toilet isn’t an option.
WHY IT’S GOOD FOR AGING IN PLACE: A toilet riser is a simple solution for those with bending or standing difficulties. It provides the extra support when sitting and standing whether it’s during recovery from surgery, rehabbing from an injury, or just generally having difficulty lowering oneself onto a standard toilet seat.
- Compact Toilet Rail by Vive
Vive’s Compact Toilet Rail can be easily installed to fit alongside most standard toilets. Tools, drilling, or cementing are not necessary as the rail can be installed using the toilet’s existing seat bolts. The rail handles are padded with soft rubber, creating a comfortable, non-slip surface when sitting down or standing up. The handle width can also be adjusted from 17 to 20 inches, giving users the right amount of space to comfortably sit. Even though the product is directly attached to the toilet, the safety rail does not interfere with regular toilet cleanings.
WHY IT’S GOOD FOR AGING IN PLACE: Supporting up to 300 pounds, the Compact Toilet Rail by Vive is a great addition when replacing a toilet is out of the question. It also provides stability and prevents slips and falls for those who are unsteady on their feet.
Select a Toilet Product for Your Bathroom That Will Improve Your Quality of Life and Keep You Safe as You Age in Place
When it comes to going to the bathroom, no one likes having to struggle to sit down and stand up from the toilet or have difficulty flushing it. These complications could eventually lead to further issues or even accidents. The best solution is to remove any possible problems that could arise in the bathroom when aging in place.
While we don’t necessarily endorse any of these toilet products, we do suggest taking a look at them based on user ratings, reviews, and the overall experience the product provides. We also highly recommend that for any products you purchase, you read the manufacturer warnings and instructions before installing or using.