There are several factors to consider when choosing a bedside commode for an aged parent or relative. For example, you have to take into account the person’s weight, where the commode will be located, how it will be accessed by the patient, whether it can serve as a toilet safety frames, and whether it can be used for multiple purposes. There is a very wide variety of bedside commodes available so knowing exactly what you’re looking for and what your Aged P. needs can make choosing one a great deal easier, not only in terms of how much you are going to pay for it, but how long the commode will be useful.
More often than not, bedside commodes are divided into two distinct categories, weight-wise; for patients under and over 250 pounds. Bedside commodes are classified as bath and shower safety products; if the commode were to crumble underneath your parent then the whole safety concept would go out the window, wouldn’t it? With that in mind, if your parent is on the heavy side, you should look for a bariatric bedside commode, such as the Heavy Duty Commode by Invacare Supply Group
, or the Bariatric 3n 1 Commode by Roscoe Medical.
As the name implies, a bedside commode is to be used in a bedroom. It is understood then that the product is meant to remain in place for as long as it will be used, for instance the aptly named Stationary Drop-Arm Commode by Invacare Supply Group. However, you shouldn’t rule out the possibility that the bedside will be moved from one place to another. In that case, a model like the Medline Folding Steel Commode might be rather useful. This model folds down to decrease storage space by 35%, and can be assembled without tools in minutes.
The aforementioned Stationary model has a drop-arm feature that makes it very much accessible to patients who have to be transferred from a bed or wheelchair, as opposed to the majority of commodes which have unyielding arms. The 36" Bariatric Drop Arm Commode
by Roscoe Medical, and the Bariatric Drop Arm Commode - 650-SP by Invacare Supply Group combine the drop arm feature with the heavy duty properties of a bariatric commode.
Some bedside commodes are quite versatile indeed. As it turns out, the stationary model is not nearly as stationary as its name might suggest. As a matter of fact, it can be used over the toilet with an optional splash shield. Other models that are more than meets the eyes include the Single Pack All-In-One Gray Coated Steel Commode by Invacare Supply Group, the Three-in-One Folding Commode, the 3 in 1 Commode with Round Seat, and the Medline 3-In-1 Steel Commode.