Enhancing Independence and Dignity: The Benefits of Using an Electric Lift for Toilet Transfers
As an occupational therapist, I am constantly seeking ways to enhance the quality of life and independence for individuals with mobility challenges. In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of using an electric lift for toilet transfers. Yes, it is a thing!
We will discuss the circumstances in which an electric lift is recommended, the target population that can benefit from it, and the situations a lift might be preferred over a toilet riser or comfort height toilet. Furthermore, we will delve into the practical aspects of installing and powering an electric lift from our partners at Dignity Lift.
When is an electric toilet lift recommended?
An electric dignity lift is recommended for folks who find it difficult or impossible to transfer on and off the toilet independently due to mobility issues, weakness, or problems with balance. The investment makes the most sense when it's expected that it will continue to be hard in the future. It's especially helpful for older adults, people with conditions like arthritis or Parkinson's disease, those recovering from spinal cord injuries or amputations, and folks dealing with chronic pain that affects their mobility.
Why is getting up from the toilet on your own so important?
In a word, dignity! An electric lift can truly make a difference for both individuals and their caregivers. It boosts safety, independence, and preserves dignity during bathroom visits. It allows individuals to maintain control and privacy while reducing the risk of falls or accidents. Plus, it takes the physical strain off caregivers during transfers, making caregiving more comfortable and sustainable.
Can't we just get a toilet riser or replace the toilet with a higher one?
Absolutely if that works! And those toilet risers or comfort height toilets work really in well in most situations. But we have noticed that sometimes the added height of a riser is just not enough because the weakness in the legs is so great. In most cases adding a grab bar to pull from can accommodate that. But those with arm weakness or challenges with grip strength because of arthritis or other conditions still struggle. Electric lifts have unique advantages in those cases: