When choosing a commode chair, it is difficult to know where to start when choosing a chair that is perfect for your circumstances. Our blog this week will explain the different types of commode chairs and things to consider before buying a commode chair.
What is a commode chair?
A commode chair is a portable toilet that can be placed at the bedside of a patient whose activity is limited. Commode chairs are often used in the home when the patient is too debilitated to reach the bathroom.
What are the different types of commode chairs?
There are a variety of different types of commode chairs, with the main commodes being the following:
> Portable Commodes
Portable commode chairs are designed to be easily moved and pushed by a caretaker. Most portable commodes are lightweight and feature 4 wheels and can be easily pushed over the carpet, tile, and wood flooring. Mobile commodes (with their pan removed) can be wheeled over the conventional toilet for more privacy, or used as a shower chair if you have a wet room or accessible shower.
You can shop our portable commode chairs here if you feel a portable chair would be suitable for you.
> Static Commodes
The static commode does not have wheels and can be carried to whichever room you need. Many static commodes have splayed legs for stability and are easily stackable. Detachable arms for lateral transfer are also featured in many commodes. Many commodes are complete with polypropylene pan, lid and handle.
Visit our product range to find your ideal static commode.
> Bariatric Commodes
Like all bariatric products, a bariatric commode is designed to accommodate individuals that are over 3oo lbs. Unlike regular bedside commodes that can only accommodate up to 300 pounds, most bariatric commodes are designed for individuals up to 600lbs. A bariatric commode features a wider seat than traditional commode chairs, allowing you to sit comfortably without feeling confined. Many bariatric commodes also come with a drop arm for easy transfer from a wheelchair or hospital bed.
If you require a bariatric product, you can shop our bariatric commode chairs here.
What are the pros and cons of using a commode chair?
Before buying a commode chair, you may want to first consider the advantages and disadvantages of using the chair.
Here are some advantages of commode chairs for you to consider:
> A commode chair is designed to act as a second toilet for individuals who are recovering from an injury or illness and are unable to walk to the bathroom. They can, therefore, be particularly convenient in providing you with a sense of confidence and independence.
> Commodes are designed to provide stability and comfort and lower your risk of falling and re-injuring yourself.
> A commode makes it easier for caretakers to effectively care for patients without having to transfer their patient all the way to the bathroom. In some instances, the existing bathroom’s doorway is too narrow for an individual’s wheelchair to go through safely.
> Commodes can be economically friendly. In most cases, a commode chair is an affordable option compared to remoulding the existing bathroom.
Some potential disadvantages of using a commode chair include the following:
> A full commode pan can be quite heavy and difficult to carry to the toilet without spillage. It is highly important to empty the pan straight away after use to maintain odour control. Before buying a commode chair, it is therefore vital to ensure that you or someone taking care of you is able to do this.
> The appearance of a commode chair can prevent some people from purchasing them. If you are looking for a commode chair that will look attractive in your home, you can choose a commode designed to look like furniture.
> If you require someone to help you on and off the commode, you may be concerned about your lack of privacy.
>Older and traditional style commodes can be difficult to clean, however, improvements have been made to ensure newer styles are easier to clean thoroughly.
Things you need to consider before buying a commode chair
When shopping for a commode chair, you are faced with a variety of different commode chairs designed to accommodate every individual’s needs. Before you purchase a commode, you should consider the following questions:
> What is the maximum weight capacity that the commode can hold?
>What is the seat width of the chair?
> Do you need a commode with wheels?
>How long will you be needing the commode?
> If the commode chair is for somebody else, have you considered the size and weight of the individual?
>What is the durability of the chair? Stainless steel, for example, will last longer than plastic
> Does the chair feature stationary or removable footrests?
> What is the quality of back support in the chair?
>Does the chair have an adjustable height?
>What is the commode’s weight capacity?
> Are arm rests included in the chair?
> Does the chair feature a seat belt?
> Are ankle straps included?
If you are immobile and need to change your surroundings for your condition, you can read our blog on making your home incontinence friendly here.