Personal aid products like commodes are designed to assist people with health conditions that keep them confined to a bed or otherwise make it difficult to move about their homes. People with limited mobility may struggle to make it to the bathroom. Fortunately, a bedside commode can help prevent accidents or injuries one might experience in an attempt to rush from one room to another.

What is a Commode?

Commodes are simply toilets that do not require running water to use. They’re designed to look like a chair, but there is a bucket feature attached to the seat that can be easily removed, cleaned, and replaced. These chairs are typically placed beside the beds of individuals who often need to use the bathroom while laying in bed but do not have the strength to constantly move from bedroom to bathroom.


Many commode chairs have wheels attached to two or more of their legs, which makes them easy to move when not in use. While these wheels are an added convenience, you should make sure that the wheels are locked when your loved one is using it.

Types of Commodes

Commodes come in a variety of sizes and some have additional features to suit the needs of their user. For example, there are the following types of chairs:


  • Standard commodes: the type of commode chair most commonly used, which feature a simple metal frame, a bucket, and a raised seat
  • Drop-arm commodes: similar to the standard commode, only these types have a different shape to the armrests, which allow users easier transition on and off the seat
  • Bariatric commodes: heavy-duty commodes designed for larger users
  • Padded commodes: similar to the standard commode, but these commodes come with a padded seat for added comfort
  • Combination commodes: there are a couple of different commodes that serve more than one purpose, including a shower chair commode and a transport commode


Because of their design, commodes satisfy a need while being easy to clean and reuse. They’re an affordable solution for many mobility issues a person faces while addressing bathroom needs. They allow a caregiver to assist their patient or family member without having to sacrifice their loved one’s dignity or comfort. They’re portable, storable, and easy to move no matter where they’re needed.

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