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How Do I Choose the Best Bariatric Toilet?

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When choosing a bariatric toilet, you should consider the area and context in which the toilet will be used as well as the size and physical condition of the person or persons who will be using the facilities. In many cases, you may be able to choose a bariatric toilet that is not only large and sturdy enough to accommodate a very large person, but that may also include features that facilitate ease of use and the ability to practice appropriate hygiene. A medical professional may also be able to provide suggestions on the appropriate type of bariatric toilet to buy.

Individuals who are very heavy, either due to obesity or because they are unusually tall, may have difficulty using a standard toilet. This may be because they are so heavy that their weight may damage the commode or because they are too wide to position themselves comfortably on its seat. A bariatric toilet is typically designed to be wider than standard toilets and can bear a significant amount of weight. When reviewing bariatric toilet options, take into consideration the size and weight of the individual for whom you are purchasing the commode. If you are purchasing the toilet for the use of many people of varying sizes or you suspect that the toilet's user may gain more weight over time, think about getting a toilet that can withstand a very high amount of weight in order to prevent the need for purchasing a new commode at a later date.

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In some cases, a bariatric toilet may include various features that can assist very large individuals with being able to use the toilet independently. These may include grab bars that can assist the user in lowering and raising himself onto and off the toilet. Another feature that can often be helpful is an integrated washing system that uses a stream of water and air to clean and dry the user after toileting. Some very obese people sometimes have difficulty with reaching to clean themselves after using the toilet, so these cleaning features can often be very useful in assisting the user of a bariatric toilet in maintaining his hygiene and dignity.

Other considerations include costs, not only for the toilet and its accessories, but for its installation. Before making a purchase, you may wish to ask the seller about installation costs and fees. In some cases, the seller may also be able to recommend a contractor skilled in installing such toilets or may even be able to provide installation services directly after the sale.

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