Indeed, what is the best commode? Folding or non-folding, drop-arm, bariatric, or all of the preceding? The choice is really up to you, but you need to learn about the difference between each model before you can make an informed decision, and that’s what we will strive to do here. We can’t tell you what the best commode is, but hopefully by the end you will be a little closer to making the call yourself.
Non-folding commodes can be used either bedside for people who don’t posses enough mobility to reach the bathroom, or as a raised toilet seat or as safety rails in combination with most regular toilets.
can be assembled in a matter of seconds with no tools, and decrease storage space by up to 35% for ease of transportation. Drop-arm commodes are ideal for wheelchair-bound patients, for transfer during the night, for lateral transfers thanks to arms that swing out of the way. And bariatric commodes provide extra wide seating area and increased weight support with reinforced frames. Pail, lid, splash guard and clip-on seats for easy cleaning are the perfect complements for any of these commodes.
Delving even deeper into the types of commodes available, we find that there are stand-alone toilets meant to be used either at the bedside or the bathroom, and they come in three different basic styles; namely, standard commode chairs, extra-wide commodes (for people who weigh over 250 lbs), and the aforementioned drop-arm commodes (which arms fold down). There are also commodes with wheels; tall, toilet covering; multi-purpose (toilet, shower chairs, bedside chairs and wheelchairs); and commodes that can be attached to the toilet to make it more accessible. Wheeled commodes are obviously easier to move around, but you have to make 100% sure that the wheels are locked while the commode is being used.
Sometimes the answer to the question ‘what is the best commode?’ is simply the one that you can afford. In such cases, Medicare might be a viable alternative to cover a medically necessary commode. To qualify for a Medicare-covered commode you must have a doctor’s written prescription and your need documented in your medical records. Certain conditions must be met for Medicare to cover a commode, including illness confining the patient to one room, disability that makes use of the toilet difficult, being confined to a home level devoid of a bathroom, and living a home with no bathroom. Medicare covers 80% of the approved amount to buy or rent a commode; the rest is your responsibility.