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Alternatives to grab rails:
If a grab rail cannot be fitted due to the nature of the walls next to the toilet then again a drop down rail can be considered and, if possible, fitted on the wall behind the toilet to run parallel to the toilet on either one side or both sides of the toilet.
Other options to the drop down rail are floor mounted rails to one side or both sides of the toilet.
Drop down rails can be floor or wall mounted and folds down by the side of the toilet, with or without a supporting leg. A supporting leg provides a more secure footing for those Users who lean heavily on the rail because they allow more evenly distributed weight across the rail.
Alternatively, a free standing or a floor fixed toilet frame could be considered.
A toilet surround frame can be placed around a toilet and provides you with a hand-held armrest on either side. Their height can usually be adjusted to set the armrests at the appropriate height.
You may consider Toilet surround frames to be quite obtrusive when used in the home environment because although they may be easily removed (unless fixed to the floor) they are quite bulky to store when not in use.
A toilet surround frame with an integral seat raises the height of the toilet and also provides a hand-held armrest on either side. Their height can usually be adjusted to set the seat at the height required for individual use. The frames can either be freestanding or can be fixed to the floor with floor fixing flanges.
Toilet frames are fitted around the front and sides of the existing toilet and, for extra stability, can be floor fixed.
Floor fixed Toilet frames will prevent the frame from tipping if You have to lean heavily upon it to either sit or stand from the toilet. Floor fixed Toilet Frames are especially useful should You only has use of one arm or have balance problems and would need to lean heavily on the frame to when standing or sitting on the toilet.
It is also possible to purchase extra wide frames or width adjustable frames for Bariatric (larger and heavier) Users that have an increased maximum weight limit of up to 40 stone and 30 stone respectively. Standard width toilet frames usually have a weight limit of up to 30 stone.
Do you still have problems sitting and/or standing from the toilet due to muscle weakness in your legs and this equipment is not sufficient?