What is a commode?
A commode is a moveable toilet. It does not have drainage or a flush affixed and has to be emptied after every use. A commode can be used in any part of the house and is convenient for the elderly population.
Who can benefit from using a commode?
- Individuals with mobility issues,
- Individuals with a fear of falling
- Individuals prone to falls,
- Individuals who have frequent falls,
- Individuals with neurological issues,
- Individuals with pain in their lower limb,
- Individuals who need to use the toilet at night,
- Individuals with no carer to monitor them overnight.
What are the disadvantages of using a commode?
Emptying the commode is the main disadvantage. Furthermore, a user may be left with excretion in their room for a period of time, until a carer empties the commode.
What are the types of commode?
- Static commode
It has four legs similar to a chair. There is a toilet seat on top of a basket to collect the excretion, instead of a seat in a chair.
- Commode on wheels
It is similar to a wheelchair. Instead of a seat in a wheelchair, there is a toilet.
The user’s physiotherapist or occupational therapist can suggest an appropriate type of commode following assessment.