A commode or toilet chair can be used by anyone with limited mobility or who may be at risk of slipping or falling in the bathroom. People who are bedridden or cannot easily walk to the bathroom may find that using a bedside commode is the most convenient and safest option for relieving themselves. 3-in-1 commodes can be used as a bedside commode, raised toilet seat, or as a toilet safety frame when fitted directly over an existing toilet. Many commode chairs are height-adjustable and feature lockable padded drop arms for safe lateral transfers. Shower wheelchairs like the Invacare Mariner are ideal for safely transporting someone to and from the bathroom while still providing independence and privacy. We also carry replacement seats, pails, and liners for commodes.
A portable urinal is another convenient alternative when using a conventional toilet is unsafe or impossible. Plastic urinals may be designed specifically for either men, women, or have a unisex design. The benefit of a male or female urinal is that they are shaped to control and prevent urine from splashing back or spilling. Spill-proof urinals are great for bedside use or when traveling because they feature an anti-reflux or funnel system that keeps urine contained even when knocked over.
Shower chairs and benches reduce the risk of falling for those with trouble standing and make bathing safer and easier. Slipping in the bath or shower is a serious concern for anyone with limited mobility or the elderly. For additional stability or back support, consider choosing a shower chair with arms or a backrest. Another option is a padded shower chair, which can be more comfortable than a plastic chair if you are dealing with skin breakdown or pressure sores. People who require less support may find that a bath bench meets their needs perfectly.
Transfer benches can make accessing the shower or bathtub significantly easier and safer for those with limited mobility. They straddle the wall of the tub, allowing the user to be seated while entering and exiting the shower, and while bathing. There are a range of medical transfer benches with safety features like a swivel seat and safety straps that prevent sliding off while in the shower. Padded shower benches are another great option for reducing discomfort while bathing.
Bathing wipes can be used to clean and freshen your skin in any situation when a shower or bath is not convenient or for people who are bed ridden. No-rinse bath wipes are especially useful in hospitals and for patient care because their waterless formula is gentle on the skin and reduces irritation from scrubbing, which can aggravate sensitive skin. Many body wipes contain moisturizers like aloe and vitamin E that keep skin soft during personal cleaning. Flushable wipes can also be very helpful for easy disposal after bedside bathing.