by Kaye Swain
Toilet talk. For those of us with children, we did plenty of that when our kids were young, didn’t we? As we’re caring for aging parents, we’re rediscovering that conversation, often at the same time we are discussing it with our kids as they are raising their own children. It’s definitely a vital part of the “circle of life.”
As our elderly parents continue to age, many discover new things daily that are harder to do. Whether it’s because of a big health issue and surgery or just the day to day progress of arthritis, it can be frustrating. And that’s definitely true when it comes to toilets.
Fortunately there are an abundance of great resources to help with the issue of having a hard time getting up and down from the toilet. After a surgery last year, one relative purchased a new toilet seat that was higher than the norm and had “wings” on either side to push on – thus steadying them as they shakily stood up. Another senior relative purchased a simpler toilet riser by Carex that screws on between the old seat and the base. It doesn’t take up any extra room on the sides, it’s just as easy to clean, and he loves it! It gives just enough height to make it easier for him to rise and it’s still available for use for the rest of the family (though you might need to doublecheck that for smaller boys). That makes it doubly handy for those of us in the Sandwich Generation caring for seniors and kids or grandkids at the same time.
One relative tried a soft and squishy toilet riser that was fastened onto the exisiting toilet seat but it moved around a bit more than he was comfortable with and it squished too close together for his liking. But then again, a friend of his loved it. It’s definitely a blessing to see many great options out there to help our beloved seniors, isn’t it? And I have to say, this is one area I definitely prefer to shop locally so if there are issues, it’s easy to exchange the items. I have a couple of excellent medical supply stores in our area and we really appreciate them!
How about you? Do you have any toilet seat options you and your family discovered that work well? We’d love to hear about them!