How to use a commode

A commode is a really useful item in the home for some people who have difficulty with mobility.

To use you need to follow these simple steps.

  1. Set the Height – the legs are adjustable which makes it easier for you to sit on the commode, no matter how tall or short you are. Measure the height of your lower leg (from the floor to your knee) and add two inches (50mm). This is the optimum height for the seat of the commode to be set to.
  2. Ensure the commode is on a stable floor and ideally situated with its back to a wall for extra stability.
  3. Stand with your back to the commode, hold the side rails with your hands and carefully lower yourself into a seating position.
  4. To stand up, again hold the hand rails and use these to help to lift yourself up. Be careful not to put too much pressure onto your wrists when standing as this could cause injury.
  5. Clean the commode after use with an antibacterial cleaning solution, the contents can be flushed down the toilet.
  6. Keep the legs and frame clean of the commode and remember to always ask for assistance or help if you need it.


commode in the bedroom

For many of us, the thought of not being able to use the toilet at some point in our lives has never even crossed our minds.

However for many people, especially the elderly and disable people, using a standard toilet in a bathroom can prove difficult at times.

The height of a standard toilet and lack of anything to hold onto is the main struggle.

You can of course put hand rails into the bathroom to help the person lower themselves onto the toilet. However, during the night and even in the day, sometimes the bathroom is too far away to get to in time.

This is where a commode comes in useful. You can have in an accessible place, perhaps on in the bedroom for any night time emergencies.  Or one downstairs that can be quickly accessed if need. (Especially useful if your only bathroom is upstairs!)