Toilets for Overweight People

Obesity and factors associated with it can inhibit an individual’s independence and safety with the most basic functions, including the ability to use the toilet. Special equipment, such as bariatric toilets or handicap commodes, can make all the difference in preserving a person’s sense of dignity and allowing them to be safe and independent for as long as possible.

Bariatric Toilets

A bariatric toilet has many benefits for a person who is obese. The most important advantage is safety. These toilets are made to support the extra size and weight of a larger person, eliminating the safety concern of a person falling off of a smaller traditional toilet, or the toilet breaking and becoming disconnected from its wall or base while the individual is using it. Many bariatric toilets also have grab bars to assist an individual in transferring on and off the toilet, reducing the proclivity for falls and injuries to both the individual and potential caregiver.

Many health care centers and hospitals are equipped with handicap bariatric toilets, but they are also a viable option for the home. The price of a bariatric toilet varies considerably depending on the sturdiness of the unit and features chosen. Potential options include a bariatric seat which fits over a regular toilet seat, a frame containing grab bars and large seat which fits over the standard toilet, or a stand alone bariatric commode. They can range from under $200 to close to $1000. There is little maintenance once installed though they do need to be cleaned regularly.

A consumer needs to consider the particular individual’s challenges and limitations when deciding on a bariatric commode for the home. For example, conditions often associated with obesity such as diabetes and arthritis can result in decreased ability to get on and off the toilet or decreased ability to cleanse oneself. A person unable to easily transfer on and off the toilet may benefit from using a bariatric toilet with a drop-side bar to allow for safer transfers. Handicap bidets are an option to assist with hygiene for those with arthritis or limited arm mobility. There are other wiping aids on the market as well for individuals unable to reach behind and clean themselves properly.

A bariatric toilet is a good option for the home to improve quality of life, safety, and independence of an obese person.