How to use a bedside commode

How to use a bedside commode

  • 27 May, 2024
  • Frederick Tomblin

Using a bedside commode involves a few simple steps. Here's a guide:

  1. Positioning: Place the bedside commode next to the bed within easy reach of the person using it. Make sure it is stable and on a level surface.

  2. Adjust Height (if applicable): If the bedside commode has adjustable legs, adjust the height to a comfortable level for the user. The user's feet should rest flat on the floor when seated.

  3. Prepare: Ensure the commode bucket is clean and properly positioned beneath the seat. If using a disposable liner, place it in the bucket.

  4. Assist the User: If the person using the commode needs assistance, help them transfer from the bed to the commode seat safely. This may involve using a transfer belt or assisting with balance.

  5. Use the Commode: Once seated on the commode, ensure the user is comfortable. They should be able to reach the armrests for support if needed.

  6. Privacy: Provide privacy if desired by closing curtains or doors.

  7. Clean Up: After use, assist the user in wiping themselves if necessary. Dispose of any used toilet paper or wipes in a hygienic manner. 

  8. Dispose of Waste: If using a disposable liner, tie it securely and dispose of it in a proper waste receptacle. If not using a liner, empty the commode bucket into the toilet and clean it thoroughly.

  9. Clean and Disinfect: Clean and disinfect the commode seat, bucket, and any other surfaces that may have come in contact with waste. Use a disinfectant cleaner and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

  10. Store Properly: When not in use, empty and clean the commode thoroughly. Store it in a clean and dry area.

By following these steps, you can safely and effectively use a bedside commode. Remember to always prioritize the comfort and dignity of the person using the commode.

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