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A bedside commode is a portable toilet. If you are helping a loved one use a bedside commode, try to be relaxed. Helping with a commode can be embarrassing for both of you. This may be especially true if you are caring for someone of the opposite sex. If you are calm and don't seem embarrassed, the person may feel more comfortable.
Encourage your loved one to use the commode on a regular schedule as much as possible. For example, your loved one may try to use it every 2 to 4 hours. Keeping a regular schedule may help both men who have problems with incontinence and women who have problems with incontinence.
Keep the commode close to your loved one's bed. Place it where it will be easy to get to but not in the way, such as against the wall. Keep the area near the commode free from clutter.
Before you help the person use the commode:
You can help your loved one transfer from a bed or chair onto the commode. Here are some tips.
After the person is done using the commode:
Current as of:
December 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineGayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
Current as of: December 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
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