If you have difficulty bending down or sitting, you may find that your toilet is too low.
Some options that may help:
- a taller loo. From £275
- a plumber could fit a plinth under your existing toilet. £40 - £84
- a raised toilet seat - some come with arm supports. £12 - £100
- a loo that adjusts in height - using electricity or water pressure
- boost toilet seats. From £79.99
- toilet seats with a spring that help you sit and get up
If your grip makes using a flush difficult, consider:
- flushing levers that require less strength. From £18
- push buttons, used by hand or foot. From £12
- a remote control, which you can put wherever you find easiest
- an app on your smartphone
Other products that might also be useful:
- toilet seats designed to give you more support or help bowel movement
- seat cushions, which are warmer than a hard seat. From £12
- backrests that fit behind the loo. From £30
- if you find it hard to clean yourself after using the toilet, a toilet/bidet combination will wash and dry you (from around £300, plus plumbing and wiring).
You may need the basin to be fixed at a height that suits you. Basins that fix to the wall can be put at any height; basins with adjusting heights cost from £1,700. Other things to consider:
- basins designed for wheelchair users. These stick out further to give your knees more room
- look for a basin with wide, flat sides if you need arm support
- some basins have taps and plug controls near the front, so you don't have to reach far
- make sure hot pipes are fitted out of the way or are lagged (insulated) to avoid burns
If your tap is hard to turn, you can get levers or easy-grip knobs that fit over the top (£5 - £10). Before you buy, check there's enough space around the tap for the lever to turn fully.
You can also get taps with easy-to-use features (from £50). These include taps with smaller levers, taps you just have to flick, push-button taps, automatic taps (from £100), and taps you operate with your knee or foot.
See also Cost - new bath or shower?, which looks at options like shower loos.
The Living Made Easy website has a guide to toilet heights and fitting new seats.
Last updated: August 2018