Shower chairs and commodes are commonly needed after surgeries or any procedure that affects someone’s gait or stamina. Shower chairs can help anyone who has trouble standing for a long time in the shower. They provide a safe option for bathing, whether assisted or independently.
Commodes, at the bedside, are helpful for anyone who has incontinence or can’t walk to the bathroom. They take the place of a toilet. Commodes have a toilet seat and a bucket or collection container to hold waste.
What kinds of shower chairs and commodes are there?
Shower Chairs and Stools
Shower chairs can be plastic, metal, wooden or any combination that can be placed in the bathtub or shower. They often have adjustable legs so they can be raised or lowered to the right height for you. Shower chairs usually have a back support and may have arms. Shower stools are low-profile and can fit into smaller shower stalls or bathtubs. You can see a wide variety of models from companies like Drive Medical.
A transfer bench allows you to slide in and out of the shower. This is especially helpful when you’re navigating a bathtub.
A standard commode is equipped with a collection container and lid. It is made of steel and plastic for extra support. Some commodes also have detachable arms. This helps wheelchair users transfer onto the commode. This type of device is available from companies like Drive.
You can line the bucket or collection container with a plastic bag or commode liner for ease of emptying. No muss, no fuss. Some companies make absorbent pads that turn waste into a gel. They reduce odors and eliminate spills and splashes. You can get these from places like DME Supply.
Multifunction Toilet / Bathing Chairs
These chairs are on wheels, so that they can be positioned either over the toilet or in the shower. They usually offer more support than a standard shower chair or commode. There may be extra features like tilting or reclining. Multifunction bath chairs are available for adults (see the ShowerBuddy) as well as for children (see the Flamingo or Rifton toileting systems).