Commodes are an essential part of everyday life for users who do not have the strength or the abilities to go to the toilet. They are essentially portable toilets that can be placed near the user. Different options for commodes include those that fold up, commodes with armrests or armrests that drop down.
Commodes are actually portable toilets, which are used by people who cannot get up and safely walk to the bathroom. They are usually placed next to the user’s bed and if the person is unable to get up alone, a caregiver can lift the user and place them directly on the commode. The commode usually consists of two pieces – the frame and a removable receptacle that can be removed, emptied, cleaned and replaced. Commode choices include those that are collapsible for storage, those with a deeper seat, drop-arm styles, those with plastic armrests and bariatric models that fold up for storage.