Toilet stools benefit both young and old alike and are available in a variety of different styles and materials.
They are helpful for…
- persons who suffer from constipation,
- adults of short stature, and
- young children.
Toilet Stools: The Benefits
- Toilet Stools Promote a More Natural Position for Moving the Bowels
A toilet stool can be a helpful addition for persons who experience chronic constipation, hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease and can also be helpful for anyone who wants to maintain healthy bowels and reduce the chances of experiencing these problems.
Studies state that a squat-like position with the knees positioned above the hips is better for naturally moving the bowels. Empirical evidence indicates that a squat-like position allows the colon to extend more fully, reducing the kinking-effect that can happen when seated on a modern toilet with knees positioned at a 90 degree angle to the torso. The placement of feet on top of a step stool while seated on the toilet can aid you in achieving a more squat-like position to help support more natural movement of the bowels.
- Toilet Stools Enhance Comfort & Safety
Persons with short legs can benefit from adding a step stool at the base of the toilet to prevent their legs from dangling while seated on the toilet. When legs dangle down, it can cause both pain and numbness, the latter of which can lead to falls.
Step stools are available in different heights, usually ranging from 7 inches to 9 inches in height, and are sold as a single stool or in multi-packs for those who have multiple toilets in the home.
- Toilet Stools Increase Safety & Independence for Young Children
Some toilet step stools have been specially designed for young children, reducing the need for children to climb precariously on and off the toilet.
All models include a step a child can rest their feet on when seated on the toilet. Some models further include handles a child can hold onto as they climb up and down from the toilet or a smaller toilet seat that is designed to rest over the existing toilet to help prevent a small child from falling into the toilet.
Toilet Stool Features
Toilet step stools are available in different types, styles, colors and materials, allowing them to be matched to differing needs and bathroom decors.
- Foldable, Portable, Storable Toilet Stools
Some toilet step stool models are specially designed to be foldable or portable, making it easy to store the stool out of sight when not in use or pack and take it along with you when you are traveling.
- Toilet Step Stool Materials
Toilet stools can be found made from natural wood, teak, and bamboo, as well as from plastic, which allows for a spectrum of different color choices.
- Variety of Colors
Toilet stools are available in a variety of different colors ranging from clear plastic models, to fun colors, to browns, grays and blacks.
The Homeability Advice™
If you are a more flexible adult, the taller the stool you select, the closer you will able to come to achieving a true squat-like position. If you are less flexible, a lower stool height is likely to be more comfortable.
Do you have a small bathroom and rely on a walker or wheelchair for mobility? If so, a foldable model is a good consideration because it can be tucked out of the way alongside the toilet when not in use, making it easier to move and turn around inside the bathroom with a mobility aid. When it is stored out of the way, it will make it easier for you to get feet tucked back further underneath you, which in turn will make it safer and easier to stand up from the toilet.
Do you experience severe constipation? If so, additionally adding a toilet or toilet seat equipped with bidet features can further assist with naturally moving the bowels. To learn more visit, the bidet guide.
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