Most people wouldn’t necessarily think of bedside commode as a safety device, but I am here to tell you that not only is it a great safety device for seniors with mobility issues, but it will provide peace of mind for both seniors and their caregivers.
To the left and below you can see a picture of my mother’s bedside commode (I took the picture outside while we were bringing it in the house).
Having one allows her to toilet at night without having to travel in the dark to the bathroom, which would mean getting out of bed, into the bathroom, sitting down, doing her business and then having to get back up and re-transporting to get back into bed.
For you and I this might be a piece of cake, but for a senior in my mother’s condition this is the equivalent of running a marathon.
And when you add that she’d be doing all of this in the dark it only adds to the potential problems that we would be facing.
This is why the bedside commode comes in handy…she doesn’t have to go anywhere.
We keep the commode right next to her bed and if she has to go at night all she has to do is get out of bed and then immediately sit on the commode.
This particular bedside commode comes with a back support as well as the arm rest which allow Mom to safely get up and down after doing her business.
I would recommend one of these devices for anyone with mobility issues who would have a problem getting to the toilet at night in the dark.
Regardless of the model you choose, make sure…
- It comes with the arm rests
- It comes with the non skid rubber at the bottom of the legs (in the picture of my mother’s we hadn’t put them on yet)
- Lightweight but also sturdy enough to support the weight of a larger senior
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