Commodes are used with a plastic commode pan that must be emptied at regular intervals. The commode pan is removed either by lifting it out from the top or by sliding it out from underneath. We recommend using the pan lid when carrying the pan to reduce the risk of spillage. If there is nobody to carry out the emptying task, then a chemical commode may provide a solution because it needs emptying less frequently.
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.
If you sit down heavily on chairs, or transfer from a wheelchair, then a metal framed commode may move when you sit on it. Position its back rest against a wall or place the commode in a corner to reduce this movement or consider a heavier commode such as a wooden or armchair style commode.
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