First Time User? Sign Up Now
First Time User? Enroll now.
Home > Health Library > Caregiving: Using a Bedside Commode (Toilet)
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 ofApril 18, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineGayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
Current as of:
April 18, 2018
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
UNC Medical Center
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
UNC Health Care Citrix
UNC Medical Center Intranet
Copyright 2019 UNC Health Care. All rights reserved.