Is there an electric lift for a toilet?

Is there an electric lift for a toilet?

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:

Safety first

Dignity lifts provide a secure and stable transfer, minimizing the risk of falls or injuries. The lifting mechanism ensures smooth and controlled movements, making things safer for both the person using the lift and their caregiver.

Tailored support

Dignity lifts often have adjustable features like armrests, remote controls, and seat heights, so you can customize the support to your needs. This means you can find the perfect position for comfortable, independent transfers.


What do we need to get it installed?

It's actually pretty easy! Remember we only like to recommend user friendly products so that's why we partner with Dignity Lifts. There are a few considerations:

Space requirements

Dignity Lifts fit inside the standard space recommended by ADA to have around a toilet which is great! But ADA is not required to be followed in residential situations especially those homes built before ADA was enacted! So as long as you have 12" from the middle of the toilet to the wall on each side it will fit! Check out this guide for more pictures and explanation on fit!

Powering up

Electric lifts do need some power to operate. The great thing about Dignity Lifts is that they can stay plugged in if you have an outlet close but it also comes with a battery. That way, if power is not available close by you can still use it for 200 - 300 cycles (depends on weight) on one charge. This often lasts people a month before it's time to charge it. 

Picking it up

When it gets delivered to your doorstep you'll just need to be sure someone who can pick up 50 pounds can bring it in the house, adjust it's height, plug it up and put it over the toilet!


What if I have more questions?

Electric toilet lifts are amazing tools that empower people with mobility challenges during toilet transfers, promoting independence, safety, and comfort. With their secure and controlled lifting mechanism, these lifts can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals and their caregivers. For more product specific details click here!

If you or someone you know struggles with toilet transfers let us know! You can email us or even better schedule a virtual assessment. Then one of our occupational therapists can see the bathroom setup and the person and help guide the process of deciding what to do to make toileting a more independent process. Remember, everyone deserves respect and support when it comes to personal care and maintaining independence so let's make it happen!


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Brandy Archie, OTD, OTR/L, CLIPP

Dr. Archie received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. She is a certified Living in Place Professional with past certifications in low vision therapy, brain injury and driving rehabilitation.  Dr. Archie has over 15 years of experience in home health and elder focused practice settings which led her to start AskSAMIE, a curated marketplace to make aging in place possible for anyone, anywhere! Answer some questions about the problems the person is having and then a personalized cart of adaptive equipment and resources is provided.

She's a wife, mother of 3 and a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan! Connect with her on Linked In or by email anytime.

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