What are commodes?
A commode tends to be a chair with a central hole in the seat where a chamber pot will go. Commodes are a useful mobility aid for anyone living with restricted mobility who finds it difficult to use a standard toilet. Commodes can provide a discreet, quick access and effective toileting solution. Most commodes tend to be unobtrusive and suitable for a variety of environments and will blend in with most house décors and not stand out.
Who benefits from using a commode?
Commodes are particularly beneficial for individuals with mobility challenges, including seniors, those with disabilities, and people recovering from surgery or medical procedures. They provide a convenient and accessible toileting solution, reducing the need for individuals to navigate to a standard toilet, which may be challenging or impractical for them.
How do you clean and maintain a commode?
Cleaning and maintaining a commode is essential for hygiene and durability. Most commodes are designed for easy cleaning with mild soap and water. Ensure all components, including the seat, frame, and pan, are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each use. Regularly inspect the commode for any signs of wear or damage, and replace it as needed to ensure continued effectiveness.
Can commodes be used in the shower?
Yes, there are commodes specifically designed for use in the shower, known as shower commodes. These commodes are constructed from materials that are resistant to water and corrosion. They typically feature wheels or casters for easy mobility and may come with additional features like adjustable heights and detachable arms for added convenience.
How do I empty a commode?
Carefully handle the commode pan to avoid spilling the contents. Empty the pan contents into the toilet, then to avoid the spread of bacteria, place the pan into a bucket of detergent and warm water. Finally, wash the pan with a disposable cloth.