Where To Buy A Raised Toilet Seat ?
So, you want to buy a raised toilet seat? Well, most of the large retailers have you covered, and I have narrowed that down somewhat further for you here. But you may want to hold off if you have Medicare Part B or C to find out if you qualify for coverage. And if you are okay with refurbished equipment, I have lots of leads for you there too.
You can buy raised toilet seats at Walmart, Amazon, Walgreens, Home Depot, , Lowes, and at specialist medical suppliers like Rehabmart.com. If you want to buy a refurbished raised toilet seat you have medical equipment refurbishment outlets all across the US run by non-profits and state AT programs with online equipment exchanges.
Who has the widest range of raised toilet seats ?
Walmart has several hundred models, and Amazon must be around the same number, although Amazon will vary depending on what the individual merchants are selling.
Walmart and Amazon carry almost every type of raised toilet seat that is available in the US – risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, seats with spacers, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, front locking seats with armrests, extra wide front locking with legs and raised toilet seats with a safety frame.
Walmart and Amazon have by far the largest number of brands – of the established brands they each carry at least 20, and Amazon also carry Vive which I have not found at Walmart.
Walmart and Amazon carry the following established brands for raised toilet seat – AquaSense, Bemis, Carex, DMI, Drive Medical, Easy Comforts, Equate, Essential Medical, Graham Field, Healthsmart, Lumex, Maddak, McKesson, Medline, Mobb, Nova, PCP, Probasics, and Vaunn Medical.
Home Depot carries around 50 models and has 8 of the best established brands. If you want to buy Centoco seats with spacers underneath, Home depot has more than 10 different models, and I am not sure even Amazon beats that.
The brands Home Depot carries are AquaSense, Bemis, Carex, Centoco, Delta, DMI, Drive Medical, Glacier Bay, Healthsmart and Medline.
Home Depot sells bubble seats, seats with spacers, risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, side locking seats, front locking seats, front locking seats with armrests and raised toilet seat with safety frame.
Lowes has around 26 different raised toilet seats, and the types they sell are risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, and front locking seats with armrests.
Lowes carries the following brands – Carex, Delta, Drive Medical, Essential Medical supply and Moen.
Walgreens has a small range of around 23 raised toilet seats, again all from well known brands – AquaSense, Carex, Drive Medical, Essential Medical, Healthsmart and Nova.
Walgreens’ stock of raised toilet seats consists of risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, side locking seats, front locking seats with armrests, and front locking seats without armrests.
Rehabmart.com sells between 40 and 50 models of raised toilet seat including risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, seats with spacers, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, front locking seats with armrests, extra wide front locking with and without legs and raised toilet seats with a safety frame.
The brands carried by Rehabmart.com are AquSense, Bemis, Carex, Drive, Etac, Guardian, Handicare, Maddak, North Coast, Performance Health, and TFI Healthcare.
If I were shopping for a raised toilet seat where would I go ?
Walmart and Amazon have by far the largest selections, literally hundreds.
I think that Walmart’s site is easier to look at, and doesn’t mix in so many results you didn’t ask for, but of the two I really don’t think there is much of a difference.
Rehabmart.com is a great company run by occupational therapists, and they have a range of 40-50 raised toilet seats with all the big brands, and all the model types. So if you want to support a smaller company which is really run to help people with physical ailments and handicaps, then this is a great choice.
Home Depot has actually got about the same number of seats as Rehabmart.com, but they had a large number of spacer seats by Centoco, so if you are looking for those, the Home Depot is the place for you. But they also have all the types of raised toilet seats, and they have the most established brands like Drive and Carex.
Lowes and Walgreens have much smaller ranges of raised toilet seats, but they do have the big brand names.
I think I would personally go to Rehabmart.com first, just because I like a smaller company to support them, and if they don’t have what it is I am looking for, then I would go to Walmart or Amazon as their ranges are enormous.
If I had to choose between Walmart and Amazon, I would go with Walmart, just because I don’t know who the sellers are on Amazon if there is a problem, and Walmart is right there.
Established brands of raised toilet seats
If you are looking for a raised the following list is of well known brands of raised toilet seat which can be relied upon for their build quality.
The list includes brands which make risers, hinged risers, risers with armrests, bubble seats, seats with spacers, side locking seats, front locking seats without armrests, front locking seats with armrests, extra wide front locking with and without legs and raised toilet seats with a safety frame –
- Essential Medical
- Graham Field
- Performance Health
- TFI Healthcare
Do you have Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage plan ?
Before you buy a raised toilet seat, if you have either Medicare Part B or an Medicare Advantage plan, you may want to consider the purchase of a bedside commode through a Medicare-enrolled supplier, as it may, if you qualify, be covered for up to 80% of the cost of the commode, if it is considered “medically necessary”.
A bedside commode works over a toilet as a raised toilet seat, and whereas Medicare Part B will not cover a raised toilet seat, it will cover a bedside commode, if, as I just said you are enrolled and qualify.
I have outlined the conditions below, but should you wish to find out more about getting a bedside commode through Medicare, I have an article all about how it works, and which touches on other funding sources if you don’t have Medicare. That article, “Does Medicare Cover Bedside Commodes ?” can be read here.
In the article I also give an explanation of how persons on Medicaid may also qualify for durable medical equipment for free through different state programs, HCBS waivers and 1915 waivers.
Programs will vary by state, but for those on Medicaid if you qualify, you can get into a program where durable medical equipment for the home is covered.
Go to the second half of this article here. You can check what programs are available in your state using the links I have put in the article, and you will also find out who you have to contact to find out if you qualify.
When will Medicare cover a bedside commode ?
For Medicare Part B to cover 80% of the Medicare-approved price for a bedside commode you must be –
- enrolled in Medicare Part B
- and have a Medicare-enrolled physician give you a signed prescription certifying that a bedside commode is a medical necessity for you
This is the Medicare text –
Part B (Medical Insurance) covers commode chairs as durable medical equipment(DME) when ordered by a doctor for use in your home if you can’t use a regular toilet.“
You will find the text here at Medicare.gov.
Your physician has to show that you are medically unable to use the toilet, or get to the toilet without assistance.
Once you have your prescription, you can then take that to see a Medicare-enrolled supplier and choose from the models of bedside commode for which you have a prescription.
If you go to a supplier who accepts assignment you will pay 20% of the Medicare-approved price for the bedside commode, as your coinsurance, and if your deductible applies you will have that to pay as well.
Paying your Medicare deductible for a 100$ bedside commode looks a little crazy, as it is more than the price of the bedside commode, but if you already paid your deductible for something else it doesn’t apply, and in which case you will get a 100$ commode for 20$.
With Advantage plans you are entitled to all the same services that you get with Medicare Part B, so long as you stick within your plan’s network.
Prior to the enrollment for plans this fall, bathroom equipment other than bedside commodes did not qualify for coverage, but now Advantage plans may cover some equipment for chronic conditions, and so you may see that raised toilet seats and other bathroom safety equipment may be covered by some Advantage plans in this latest rollout.
Where do you buy a bedside commode with Medicare Part B ?
You can only use Medicare-enrolled suppliers if you are to get coverage, and to get the lowest coinsurance payment you should only use “Medicare Participating Suppliers” and only those who accept assignment.
If want to find a local DME supplier you can do it here on Medicare.gov.
If you are a Veteran can you get your raised toilet seat covered ?
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has grants, programs, forms of financial assistance and pensions which will help to cover the cost of equipment such as raised toilet seats for veterans.
To get more information and to find out about your local VA Medical Centers, Clinics and offices, use this link here.
Where you will be able to buy the raised toilet seat may, or may not, depend on the funding, you may, or may not, have to use a specific supplier, just as with Medicare.
Where can you buy a refurbished rasied toilet seat ?
If you are happy to buy a “gently used” raised toilet seat which has been refurbished, you have the option of going to stores like Goodwill, the Salvation Army and other thrift stores.
Local Goodwill stores exist all across the US.
You can use this link to find your local Goodwill store – https://www.goodwill.org/locator/
Again, this is a huge organization with stores across the country, so use their locator to find a store near you.
You can find out how on their website – https://satruck.org/
Area Agency On Aging
If you go to see your local Area Agency on Aging they will be able to tell you about all kinds of programs in your area as they work with local community groups working to help caregivers and the elderly.
You can use their locator tool to find your local Area Agency on Aging- click here to do so.
Assistive Technology Programs
Assistive Technology Programs – these are state programs developed to increase access for the elderly and the disabled to AT devices and equipment.
These state programs are often are partnered with nonprofit and community organizations who work to recycle and refurbish AT devices and medical equipment.
The state AT programs will all have a website through which they coordinate their services, different events that they run statewide and their outreach.
You can register on these sites with the program if you are in need of assistance and equipment.
The website will also have contact numbers where you can call to find out all about refurbishing centers, and how you may be able to buy cheap medical equipment, or in cases of proven financial difficulty get things for free.
In addition to this, almost all AT Programs have an “Online AT Exchange”, where once you have registered (for free) you can exchange, buy, sell or donate equipment. You need only be a resident of the state to join, and you can really find some great deals, or even gifts from others on the exchange.
I have an article in which I have made a list all of these AT Programs, with links to their websites and their Online AT Exchanges – the article is actually about donating equipment, but there is a list of the exchange websites by state. You can just jump to the list of states half way down the article, click on your state and it will take you to the information about your state AT program and a link to the website and the online exchange. You can find all that here.
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