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Does Walmart Carry Bedside Commodes ?

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Over the years, I have searched high and low for different pieces of equipment for my mom, and it isn’t easy to always find what you want. Even if I don’t buy a certain piece of  equipment there, I will often go and have a look on the Walmart website to see what is out there. I also often look at what Walmart has, as part of my research for articles because, as is the case with bedside commodes, they often have a huge range on their website.

 

Walmart has a large range of bedside commodes of all types – folding commodes, 3-in-1 commodes, drop arm commodes, bariatric commodes, transfer commodes, transport commodes and shower chair transport commodes.

The best known brands of bedside commodes at Walmart

 

Walmart has a very large range of bedside commodes on their website, with many of the best known brands –

 

Carex – a small range of  4 static folding, and assist lift bedside commodes ranging in price from $50.50 to $180.62

Drive Medical – a range of 18 static folding, 3-in-1, bariatric and drop arm bedside commodes ranging in price from $32.29 to $186.71

Healthline – a small range of  3 static folding, and assist lift bedside commodes ranging in price from $42.65 to $195.29

Lumex – a range of 11 static folding, drop arm and bariatric bedside commodes ranging in price from $71.13 to $180.62

McKesson – a range of 14 static folding, 3-in-1, bariatric and drop arm bedside commodes ranging in price from $34.99 to $203.67

Medline – a range of 12 static folding, 3-in-1, bariatric and drop arm bedside commodes ranging in price from $30.15 to $151.72

Nova Medical – a range of  6 static folding, 3-in-1, bariatric and drop arm bedside commodes ranging in price from $75.30 to $599.95

PCP – a range of  3 static folding and 3-in-1 bedside commodes ranging in price from $75.30 to $599.95

ProBasics – a range of 6 static folding, 3-in-1, bariatric and drop arm bedside commodes ranging in price from $32.99 to $222.10

Unfortunately, Walmart does not carry the brands “TFI Healthcare” or “Tuffcare”

There was a huge range of brands I have never heard of selling commodes.

Well known brands of bedside commodes

 

Here is a list that includes established brands of 3-in-1, All-in-One, drop arm, lightweight extra wide, tall and bariatric or heavy-duty commodes which are all static bedside commodes –

 

  • Carex
  • DMI
  • Drive
  • Guardian
  • Homecraft
  • Invacare
  • Lumex
  • McKesson
  • Medline
  • Nova
  • Performance Health
  • Probasics
  • TFI Healthcare
  • Tuffcare
  • Vive

 

Where can I see the widest range of bedside commodes ?

 

Walmart and Amazon do seem to have the widest range of bedside commodes of the big retailers, with all types on offer, and they have a lot of the more established brands.

Home Depot has a smaller range, although they are all from established brands.

Walgreens has a small range of static bedside commodes and once again all from well established brands.

Lowes only carry a few very basic models – without many features – but from well established brands.

Target like Lowes carry just a few basic models from established brands

Rehabmart.com and American Discount Medical Equipment are two online specialists with a wide range of bedside commodes, and a lot of more of the specialist commodes as well – you have to buy from a website though, they don’t have retail outlets.

How much do bedside commodes cost ?

 

Bedside commodes cost between approximately $38.00 and $3300.00

 

Static bedside fixed arm commode prices range from $37.99 to $815.00

Static drop arm bedside commode prices range from $72.98 to $1363.74

Static shower chair bedside commode prices range from $119.95 to $199.00

Transport bedside commode prices range from $192.00 to $449.00

Shower Transport bedside commode prices range from $119.00 to $3303.88

Transfer bench bedside commode prices range from $117.00 to $1845.00

 

 

I have an article which is basically a long list of the prices of all the different bedside commode (160 different models). You will find the price, the weight capacity, model product number and the precise name of the commode.

The list has contains the types of bedside commodes shown above, and you can find it here –

“How Much Does A Bedside Commode Cost ? A Guide With Over 160 Examples By Category”

Where would I go to buy a static bedside commode ?

 

Folding bedside commode –

For the very basic model, all the retailers have them and the prices are competitive.

3-in-1 or All-in-One bedside Commode –

Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – all have a wide range.

Drop Arm Commodes –

Walmart, Amazon, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – you have a good range.

Bariatric commodes –

Walmart, Amazon, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – I do prefer the two specialist online sites (I don’t mean Amazon) as they have Tuffcare and TFI Healthcare who have some models with more features.

If you want to know more about where to buy Bariatric bedside commodes, you can read my article Where To Buy A Bariatric Commode ?”, which by the way includes both static and rolling bariatric commodes of all types.

 

If I were buying any type of bedside commode unless it was a simple static model by drive or another well known brand, in which case I would get it at any of the retailers, I like to go to American Discount Home Medicalhttps://home-med-equip.com.

They do have a good range of bedside commodes, but also they give all the specifications for every model, the complete manufacturers’ information, the model numbers, in an easy to find way, and well laid out for the customer.

 

Illustrations of the basic types of static bedside commode

 

Folding bedside Commode

 

This is the most basic and lightweight of bedside commodes.

The commode folds out like a chair and the commode bucket is slipped under the seat into the bucket platform.

The arms are fixed, and the commode has no other functions than as a bedside commode – you can of course place the commode for use wherever you wish.

 

Static folding bedside commode

 

3-in-1 or All-in-One bedside commodes

 

3-in-1 bedside commodes are probably the most common type of commode.

 

Also known as All-in-One bedside commodes, they are destined for three specific tasks –

 

  • as a bedside commode
  • as a raised toilet seat
  • as a toilet safety frame

 

3 in 1 bedside commode

Drop arm bedside commodes

 

Drop arm commodes do not have fixed armrests.

The armrests can be raised or lowered, and are typically intended for use by people in wheelchairs and bedridden patients.

Drop arms also a feature on other types of bedside commode.

 

Drop arm bedside commodes can be used as –

 

  • a bedside commode
  • a toilet safety frame
  • a raised toilet seat over your toilet

 

Static drop arm bedside commode

Rolling commodes

Rolling commodes are bedside commodes with wheels and which can be used for a combination of different tasks, not just as a commode by the bed for example.

 

There are two main types –

 

  • transport bedside commodes
  • shower chair transport commodes

 

Both types can be found in two distinct versions –

 

  • attendant – a caregiver is required to push the user of the transport commode if they want to go from A to B
  • self-propelling – these commodes are for the more physically independent who are able to propel themselves to get around

 

Well known brands of rolling commodes

The following list if of well established brands of rolling commodes (on wheels) known for their build quality. Brands making both attendant, and of self propelling, transport and shower chair transport commodes are on the list –

 

  • ActiveAid
  • Arjo
  • Drive
  • Guardian
  • Healthline Ezee Life
  • Invacare
  • Lumex
  • McKesson
  • Medline
  • Nova
  • Performance Health
  • Probasics
  • TFI Healthcare
  • Tuffcare

 

Where would I go to buy a rolling commode ?

 

Attendant transport commodes –

Amazon, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – again I would go with the two online specialist sites.

Self-propelling transport commodes

Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com

Attendant Shower chair transport commodes

Walmart, Amazon, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – Walmart does have a huge number of attendant shower chair transport commodes.

Self -propelling shower chair transport commodes

Walmart, Rehabmart.com, Home-med-equip.com – Walmart has quite a number of self-propelling shower chair transport commodes.

Again, for the rolling commodes I personally prefer  to go to the American Discount Home Medical website – https://home-med-equip.com.

The website is easy to use, and the information is extensive – which when buying some specialized is going to be very important.

Rehabmart.com is also very good for the shower chair transport commodes with a huge range, but the website is not as user-friendly as American Discount Home Medical.

Walmart had a huge range of shower chair transport commodes, and as well of lots of brands I have never heard of, they have a lot of well known brands and models.

 

Illustrations of the basic models of rolling commodes

 

Attendant transport bedside commodes

 

An attendant transport bedside commode is destined for three different uses –

 

  • a transport chair
  • a bedside commode
  • or placed over the toilet as a raised toilet seat

 

Attendant transport bedside commode

 

Self-propelling transport bedside commode

 

A self-propelling transport bedside commode has three different uses –

 

  • a transport chair
  • a bedside commode
  • or placed over the toilet as a raised toilet seat

 

Not every self-propelling can be used over a toilet, so you need to check with the retailer if you buy one.

 

Self-propelling transport commode

Attendant shower chair bedside transport commodes

 

An attendant shower transport commode can be used as –

 

  • a shower chair
  • a transport chair
  • a commode
  • raised toilet seat if the commode has adjustable height legs

 

Attendant shower transport bedside commode with four small wheels

 

Self-propelling shower chair transport bedside commodes

 

A self-propelling shower transport bedside commode is destined for use as –

 

  • a shower chair
  • a transport chair
  • a commode
  • a raised seat if the commode has adjustable height legs, or a fixed height which is higher that a toilet bowl rim

 

To find out more  about shower commodes and where you can buy them, as well as at Walmart, you can read my article “Where To Buy Shower Commodes ?”

 

 

Self-propelling shower transport bedside commode

Do you have Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage plan ?

 

If you have Medicare Part B, or a Medicare Advantage plan, you may be able to get a bedside commode at a greatly reduced price, through your policy.

I’ve written a long article outlining how, if you have either Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage plan, you can find out if you are covered for a bedside commode.

If you qualify, and you follow the process as Medicare outlines it, you will typically only have to pay 20% of the Medicare approved price  as your co-insurance.

You will also have your deductible to pay, which of course is not going to be sensible if you are only buying a $50.00 bedside commode, but if you have already paid your deductible for the year then it is more interesting. You can read “Does Medicare Cover Bedside Commodes ?” here.

In the article, in the second half, there is also a section on how those on Medicaid may also qualify for durable medical equipment, for free, via different state programs.

Now it does vary by state, but for those on Medicaid it is possible to get into a program where equipment for the home is covered.

What toileting equipment can you get at Walmart ?

 

At Walmart, you can also find –

 

  • raised toilet seats
  • raised toilet seats with safety frames
  • toilet safety frames
  • shower chairs
  • grab bars
  • bath lifts
  • patient lifts

Where to find a refurbished bedside commode  ?

 

To find a “gently used” bedside commode which has been refurbished, you have options of stores like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and other re-use and refurbishing centers.

 

Goodwill

Goodwill stores all across the country have used equipment.

To find your local Goodwill store, you can use the store locator on their site – https://www.goodwill.org/locator/

 

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army stores also sells used durable medical equipment such as bedside commodes which have been donated.

Go here to find a local store  – https://satruck.org/

Across the US there are nonprofits and community organizations with re-use, re-cycling and refurbishing centers, and outlets, which sell cheap “gently used” equipment, which has been properly cleaned up.

If you are having trouble finding any of these organizations in your area, get in touch with your local Area Agency On Aging.

 

Area Agency On Aging

Area Agencies on Aging will have a lot of knowledge about the different nonprofits and community organizations in your area, which are working with helping the elderly and the disabled.

Here’s the  Area Agency on Aging locator tool to help you find one near you – click here to do so.

 

Assistive Technology Programs and medical equipment

 

Many state Assistive Technology Programs partner with community organizations and non-profits who are already involved in recycling and refurbishing AT devices and medical equipment –  that is not to say that they only provide used items, the equipment is very often new,

The purpose of AT Programs is to increase the access to Assistive Technology Devices (which, for our purposes, is synonymous with durable medical equipment) for both the disabled and the elderly.

Assistive Technology Devices are any kind of device which will assist an individual who is unable to complete a task, to complete that task.

Each state AT program has a main website which acts as a hub through which services, events and outreach are coordinated for the whole state. You can make contact with administrators, register, and let them know if you are in need of assistance and equipment, and are in financial difficulty.

There are typically recycling and refurbishing centers in your state where you may be able to buy “gently used” cheap equipment, or even get it for free if you are in financial difficulty.

State AT Programs sometimes also have an “Online AT Exchange”, on which state residents who become members can exchange, buy, sell or donate equipment. These are free to join.

I have a bunch of articles about donating to charitable organizations etc., and in those articles I have listed all the State AT Programs, their websites and each one’s Online Equipment Exchange.  You can find the article here.

You can also look at another article of mine “How To Find Your State Assistive Technology Programs” with an illustrated guide on how to find your State AT Program.

I’m Gareth and I’m the owner of Looking After Mom and Dad.com

I have been a caregiver for over 10 yrs and share all my tips here.

Gareth Williams

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