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Because falls are the number one cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults aged 65 and over, caregivers must take steps to ensure that their loved ones or patients are protected from falls as much as possible. If toileting is challenging for the person for whom you are caring, using a commode in his or her room can help to improve their comfort and cut down on the risk of a serious fall occurring.
between a commode and a standard toilet is that a commode does not attach to plumbing. After the commode is used, it must be cleaned, and you can purchase liners to help make cleaning the basin simpler and quicker. Since a commode does not require a plumbing attachment, it can be used in a bedroom with ease. This makes it simpler for the person that you're caring for to relieve him or herself without having to make a trip to the bathroom. Not only does this reduce the risk of incontinence-related accidents, but it also lowers the chances of a fall accident. Commodes are generally easier to use than bedpans or urinals, provided that the patient is able to leave his or her bed alone or with assistance.
There are many different styles of commodes available, and by deciding what types of features are ideal for the needs of the person for whom you are caring, you can easily narrow your focus and select the right commode with ease. Some commodes have wheels on their bases, so that they can be stored out of the way when they are not needed. This type is ideal for a room where conditions are cramped and a caregiver is readily available to move the commode closer to the bed whenever the patient needs to use the facilities. Some commodes have padded seats to make them more comfortable, particularly for those who experience lower back pain, are prone to bed sores or who otherwise may experience discomfort on a standard flat seat. Styles also differ in their backs. Some commodes have high backs for those who may require extra support while sitting, while others have more open backs that can make it easier for caregivers to lift patients.
As you compare commode styles, sizing requirements are another important consideration. All commodes have weight limits, so you'll need to select one that is sturdy enough to support your patient or loved one. You'll also need to ensure that the seat is wide and deep enough for the person to sit comfortably and transfer to and from the seat with ease. The height of the commode is important to consider, and some commodes are adjustable for height to meet an array of needs.
If you're unsure what type of commode is right for the person for whom you are caring, consult his or her physician for advice.
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