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    Tips for low seats etc

    Hello everyone

    I was just wondering do any of you have any tips on getting out of low seats?

    I’m okay at home but when out and about this is becoming a bloody headache. On the bus and stuff like that is hard. If I don’t get a certain seat the seats are so low then I have to bloody rely on movement from the bus to launch me forward like an astronaut or something! Has anyone got any tips?

    croissant
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    #128899
    Reply To: Tips for low seats etc

    This is so true. Low seats are a nightmare.

    Have found a number of techniques.

    Firstly, develope an encyclopedic knowledge of where all the
    hand / safety rails are and sit in the place where you can pull
    yourself up on them. If none are within reach a gradually increasing
    rocking motion back and forward until you have enough momentum
    to either get up or reach something to get you up.

    Or take a walking stick. Found the “Swan neck” ones you can pull
    yourself up in turn. Or a rollator, a walking frame with seat,
    the handles are the grab rails. In the end gave up and
    bought a mobility scooter, the world is better from
    your own low seat.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #128920
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    I also gave up and got own mobile low seat lol . just wish I could fix the low loo situation. lol

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #128990
    Reply To: Tips for low seats etc

    This is so true. Low seats are a nightmare.

    Have found a number of techniques.

    Firstly, develope an encyclopedic knowledge of where all the
    hand / safety rails are and sit in the place where you can pull
    yourself up on them. If none are within reach a gradually increasing
    rocking motion back and forward until you have enough momentum
    to either get up or reach something to get you up.

    Or take a walking stick. Found the “Swan neck” ones you can pull
    yourself up in turn. Or a rollator, a walking frame with seat,
    the handles are the grab rails. In the end gave up and
    bought a mobility scooter, the world is better from
    your own low seat.

    Wow thank you for this! Some amazing tips! :ty: The rocking movement is a brilliant tip.

    I also gave up and got own mobile low seat lol . just wish I could fix the low loo situation. lol

    Thanks Cat! :)

    croissant
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    #129408
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    I find when I am oout that U need two sticks when I am not on my wheels. using them like ski poles. I shuffle to the edge if the seat and with a bit of rocking can get uo. Failing that I need to have my wife, carer, dragon (that is what she likes to be called, a long story), and she helps me. not what i prefer though. I have seen folk with short pieces of rope which they hook around a suitable object and pull on that but I am not making any receommendations on that thought.

    Mike

    So many love songs, so little love.

    embayweather embayweather
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    #129650
    Reply To: Tips for low seats etc

    I find when I am oout that U need two sticks when I am not on my wheels. using them like ski poles. I shuffle to the edge if the seat and with a bit of rocking can get uo. Failing that I need to have my wife, carer, dragon (that is what she likes to be called, a long story), and she helps me. not what i prefer though. I have seen folk with short pieces of rope which they hook around a suitable object and pull on that but I am not making any receommendations on that thought.

    Mike

    :LOL: Dragon. That gave me a much needed giggle. :P

    Thanks for your tips! :)

    croissant
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    #137591
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    Yes, I agree re. toilet seats. I have Limb Girdle MD and am fine with seats which are high enough but toilet seats are usually low. It’s a real difficulty for me. At home I have a raised seat with arms but you don’t find this in public places. How can you go out for a drink or meal if you can’t access the toilet seat? I don’t need a huge amount of space but I would like a raised toilet seat. I find it very depressing that disabled toilets have a low seat made for transfer to a wheelchair but are not suitable for those who, for example, use a mobility scooter. I’m so pleased you have, If you excuse the pun, raised this! Can anyone help please?

    Shevvy

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    #137593
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    This is a really difficult problem for many and needs to be discussed and acted upon.There are a number of apps for iphone and other systems available that can help locate one, or you might use a suitable web site like

    http://changingplaces.uktoiletmap.org/

    Thos that I ahve used can vary in quality as you might expect. Some have really excellent facilities, whilst others, like one in Chester, although identified as a self cleaning room , are indeed quite filthy. I am not aware of any portable seat raisers, although it is possible that one like this http://www.mobilitysmart.cc/luxury-padded-toilet-seat-raiser.html, could be carried ina back pack on a scooter or chair, and used when you visit a facility. perhaps there is a market for a design for a portable version which cna be inflated when necessary using a small can of air?

    A cheaaper version can be found here https://www.completecareshop.co.uk/toileting-aids/raised-toilet-seats/2-inch-padded-raised-toilet-seat
    If you use sticks to get about with the coupled with one of those you might find that you cna begin to use many more facilities.

    What about others? Disabled toilets are a constant bone of contention for us all ( a few days ago I saw drug users coming out of one, note the plural term). But I believe that raised seats is a topic that seems to be rarely considered by designers. Has anyone else any thoughts and suggestions?

    Mike

    PS with regard to Dragon, to know her would help you understand, but I would not change her for the world.

    So many love songs, so little love.

    embayweather embayweather
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    #137612
    Reply To: Tips for low seats etc

    I couldn’t agree more re. the toilet situation. I’m pleased that I’m not the only person with this difficulty but I’m not sure what the solution is unfortunately.

    Shevvy

    shevvyt1
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    #137613
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    To Mike,

    Thank you so much for your reply. I have bookmarked both those padded raised toilet seats to look at later. It could be a solution, I hope, and lessen my anxiety.

    As you say, raised toilet seats are not thought about at all in public places. This lack of suitable facilities for myself and others makes going out for a drink or a meal extremely difficult. Many places offer disabled facilities but that just means more space (than I necessarily need) and a low toilet seat for wheelchair transfer, which is useless to me and others.

    As my condition progresses sit to stand is becoming a real issue. I now sit in my scooter if I do go out for a meal or drink, which is rare due to reasons above. But at least this is possible.

    As I say many thanks for your reply. I feel more hopeful. Thank you. :ty:

    Shevvy

    shevvyt1
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    #138380
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    To Mike,

    I’m looking in to your links for padded raised toilet seats – thank you.

    Do you have any experience of using such aids or do you know of anyone who has please? I’d welcome any feedback, such as, which seat is the easiest to fit on public toilets, which is the most secure when fitted, which is the easiest to arise from etc… I am happy to try different seats out until I find one that is suitable.

    I’m sorry if I seem a little obsessed with this issue!
    :ty:

    Shevvy

    shevvyt1
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    #138382
    Reply To: Tips for low seats etc

    the problem I found with raised toilet seats was that to be secure meant removing the standard toilet seat.

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

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