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Top four toileting tips to make every day more comfortable

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Top four toileting tips to make every day more comfortable
Everyone wants to maintain their independence for as long as possible when it comes to using the toilet and there are many ways to make your toileting routine easier as you age.

If you are finding it difficult to get to the toilet in time or sit and stand from the seat without experiencing pain in your joints, we’ve put together some top tips that can help you stay confident and comfortable in the bathroom so you can enjoy independent living. 
We understand that discussing toileting routines can be awkward and embarrassing, especially if you are not as independent as you used to be. However, requiring support in the bathroom is common for many people and it’s important you get the best equipment to help you stay comfortable and safe. If you find it challenging to get on and off the toilet, or are experiencing general difficulties with your mobility in the bathroom, here are some aids that may assist you.

Don’t wait until the last minute

One of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of accidents and improve comfort using the toilet, is to visit the bathroom regularly. Try to avoid rushing to the toilet as this can increase your risk of falls. Knowing when to go will enable you to take your time and help you to stay safe, whether you’re at home or out and about.
If you’re visiting a new place it can be a good idea to locate the nearest toilets before you go, or when your first arrive, so you can plan ahead and enjoy your time away from home.

Make simple changes to the home 

There are a number of simple changes you can make to your home to ensure your toileting routine remains as smooth as possible. Good lighting is important around the home if you have limited mobility or vision, and it is especially beneficial to have sufficient lighting on the way to the toilet, as well as in the bathroom, to reduce the risk of falls. 
If you regularly wake in the night to use the toilet, sensor lights may be beneficial in your bedroom and on the landing to avoid fumbling in the dark and keep your walkway lit up clearly.
Another idea is to move toilet paper and other hygiene products to within easy reach of the toilet. You may need to move your toilet roll holder or perhaps add a small basket close to the toilet to minimise the risk of becoming unbalanced when reaching for the products you need. 
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Raise the height of your toilet seat 

Low seats around the home can be more difficult to use if you have limited strength in your legs, but even the toilet seat can be lifted to a more suitable height with a raised seat. Raised toilet seats can replace or fit on top of a standard toilet seat and are available in different heights so you can find the best size for you. Padded raised toilet seats are also available and can offer additional comfort, whilst elevating the seat height.
If you need some additional support lifting yourself from the toilet, you may consider the benefits of a lifting commode that sits over your toilet and smoothly lifts and lowers you. Toilet lifts can help you to stay independent, but you should be able to use them safely and comfortably.

Consider the benefits of frames and support rails 

If you need some support lifting yourself up from the toilet, there are different types of hand-held support that can help to reduce strain and maintain your stability. Toilet frames are designed to fit comfortably around most toilets to give you close support when you’re sitting down and lifting yourself up from the toilet seat. Some toilet frames are also available with seats to give you extra support when you’re seated and rising to your feet.
Additionally, toilet support rails can be attached to the wall or floor, to give a stable support close to the toilet. These strong rails can often be folded away to give more room in the bathroom when not in use, and could be added to both sides of the toilet if needed.  
Please note that this item needs to be fitted by a professional to ensure it is secure and safe.
If you would like to view our full range of toileting aids please browse the Complete Care Shop website. 


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