Of the few things we humans need to do, expelling waste from our bodies is crucial. Believe it or not, the waste our bodies produce can actually be hazardous to us, so it is imperative to be able to use the toilet in a safe and proper manner. However, sometimes there are circumstances that can make going to the bathroom a challenging endeavor. Old age, injury or disease can negatively impact our ability to expel waste in a safe manner and our bathrooms can be our biggest enemies. Using a commode chair that suits your needs can make this crucial activity simpler, easier and safer. As with any toileting aid, each patient’s needs are specific to their case.
Those that face limited mobility every day can be challenged to overcome some of the most basic daily functions and using the toilet is one of them. Commode chairs allow those with limited or no mobility the ability to safely use the toilet. Commode chairs for the elderly and disabled offer a variety of characteristics that vary from simple to incorporating a showering element.
So how do you choose the best commode chair for you? The first step is understanding your limitations and being honest about them. You should opt for the one that best meets your needs. When dealing with a loved one or family member you should be sure to make sure the user is being completely forthcoming about any physical limitations. Vanity is still a human quality!
Some of the best commode chair options available are these:
Invacare I-Class All-in-One Gray Coated Steel Commode: This commode chair can be used as a raised toilet seat, a toilet safety frame with the back removed or a bedside commode chair. Its wide seat affords the user additional support while using the toilet. The larger seat opening depth allows for greater hygiene and the large 16” snap-on seat creates comfort and support for the user. With a weight capacity of 350 lbs and non-marring rubber tips, it includes anti-rattle collars to reduce noise. This commode chair comes complete with a commode bucket, bucket cover and splash shield.
Medline Deluxe 3-in-1 Steel Bedside Commode: For those with limited mobility, for the elderly and people with disabilities, having a bedside commode is highly convenient. It comes with a pail, lid and splash guard while its legs can adjust from 15”-21”. Not only can it be used as a bedside commode chair, but also as an elevated toilet seat or justas safety rails above an existing toilet. Sturdy and safe while accommodating up to 350 lbs, this commode chair measures 24” wide and 15” deep.
Eagle Health Padded Raised Toilet Seat Commode: Being able to use a toilet chair for multiple applications is not only convenient but economical. This raised toilet seat commode can easily be converted into a bedside commode with addition of the commode pail and can even be used as a padded shower chair to allow for safe bathing with a 19” tub clearance. This commode chair can be used in multiple settings and supports 300 lbs with an adjustable height between 18”-22” to customize the seat to each user.
3-in-1 Bariatric Commode:Many times a disability or limited mobility can lead to weight gain, therefore making toileting needs slightly challenging. The 3-in-1 Bariatric Commode by North Coast Medical may be the ideal bariatric commode to fit your needs. It has a weight capacity of 600 lbs and can be used in three different modes. It is sturdy enough to be used as a freestanding commode since it includes a bucket, cover and splash guard or can be used as a raised toilet seat. The other possible configuration is a toilet safety frame once the backrest is removed. Its seat height can be adjusted from 17.5” to 24.5” with an outside width of 31”. The seat measures 13.75” wide by 16.5” deep to accommodate larger users. Sturdy and durable, this heavy-duty commode chair is ideal for bariatric patients.
Uplift Technologies Commode Assist Self Powered Lifting Commode Chair: The process of sitting and standing can be difficult as we age or due to injury/illness. You can switch out your toilet for a taller commode, but that can be expensive. How about a toileting aid that helps you sit and stand? Uplift Technologies has developed a commode chair that fits over the toilet and provides safe and controlled support to lift up to 70% of the user weight. This commode assist allows you to gently and safely achieve a seated position until the commode seat locks into place. In order to stand, simply press down on the seat release lever and stand up. Not only does this allow for a safe sitting and standing activity, but it maintains user independence. Weighing only 21 lbs, this commode chair will not slide due to its non-skid rubber tips and can adjust from a height of 17” to 23”. This can be the best shower commode chair for you since its white powder-coated frame resists moisture.
Tumble Forms 2 Carrie Potty Seat: This toileting aid is specifically designed to meet the needs of users that are 48” to 68” tall with a maximum weight of 150 pounds and can be used in a clinical, school or home setting.The Carrie Potty Seat can be placed over an 18” institutional/residential toilet or be used as a standalone commode with a removable bucket. The lateral supports and tray provide trunk stability while also offering a hip and chest harness to secure the user for safety purposes. This rolling commode chair has casters that lock for a safe and secure transfer of the user and has a removable footrest that is fully adjustable. It is available in three distinct sizes: elementary, junior and small adult to accommodate a variety of different ages. Made from high density foam that is easily cleaned, this commode chair is urine- and stain-resistant and provides anti-microbial protection from mold, mildew and bacteria.
Every person that needs assistance during toileting can find solace in the fact that there are a multitude of options available to them. Depending on the user’s specific needs, finding the best commode chair for you is a simple matter of understanding your needs and matching them with the multitude of products on the market today.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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