If there is nobody to carry out the emptying task, then a chemical commode may provide a solution because it needs emptying less frequently. The commode pan is deeper and contains liquid disinfectant to help neutralise odours and kill bacteria. However, the larger capacity will mean that the pan is heavier and more difficult to manage and you will require a regular supply of the chemical disinfectant. An emptying service may be provided by your local social service.
If you experience difficulty standing from chairs, toilets etc then it is important that the commode you use has armrests and has a suitable seat height for you. Commodes are available which are height adjustable. Ideally, users should sit with their feet flat on the floor so that they are stable and with their thighs horizontal (with your knees and hips at the same height). If your knees are higher than your hips when you are sat on your commode then it may be too low for you. Armrests may also help as you can push up from these when standing. Chemical commodes tend to have a higher minimum seat height than standard commodes so check the minimum seat height before purchase and, if it is too high, consider a standard commode.
Browse our list of local retailers by county and region
Use our interactive quiz AskSARA to guide you to advice and equipment.
DLF Data is the UK's only comprehensive database of daily living equipment.
CPD-accredited courses aimed at professional healthcare providers and carers.