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Self-lift toilet seats and frames
The items in this section are all designed to assist a user to rise from a seated position on a WC frame.
The more sophisticated seats have a combination of seat lift and tilt which provides a better position for standing.
The two main types of self-lift seats include:
- spring assisted seats which can be adjusted according to the user's weight. Users need enough strength in their arms to lift their body from the seat in order to trigger the mechanism, and enough strength in their legs to stabilise their knees when the seat rises up. Some have a locking mechanism that locks the unit in the down position so that it will not be activated if the user changes their position on the seat;
- powered lift seats have a powered mechanism that lifts the seat and sometimes the armrests and/or backrest up and forwards. The seats are powered by rechargeable batteries or mains electricity via a step-down transformer situated outside the bathroom or WC. The controls are housed in a handheld console.