A bedridden patient, a doctor or a caregiver tending for a patient that cannot walk to the bathroom might need to know how to choose the right commode for their bedside. The market offers different styles of appliances that could make you think that they’re all the same. But they are not. And there are a few aspects to consider before making your purchase.
First lets understand what a bedside commode
is. They are basically toilets without running water and most have toilet seats. All come with buckets attached beneath them which are removed after use to be disposed, cleaned, sanitized and returned to the commode for next use. They are practical equipment that must be kept close to the patient.
The first thing to consider is how often will the patient be using the commode, if it will always be placed next to the bed or used as a transportation to and from the bathroom. Its placement is not that important since the buyer normally uses it next or close to the bed. Some commode models come with collapsible frames and can be stored between uses.
The patients weight is another important aspect. These commodes can come in weight categories but all can support patients up to 250 lbs. Bariatric commodes are also available for patients weighing 400 lbs. This aspect is closely related to the accessibility since most commodes need to have sturdy arms where the patients support their weight or others can have a drop arm option.
Other features such as shower commode chairs, over the toilet and transfer commodes are molded to the patient's and caregiver’s preference. These are other complementary uses for a bedside commode chair. Is you need one of these special chairs and are wondering how to choose the right commode, think about all the potential uses you will be getting from it before picking the right model.