Types Of Commode Chair With Wheels ?

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If your parent or loved one is using a bedside commode, you really want to be emptying and cleaning the commode every time it is used to cut down on any chances of infection, and so that your loved one isn’t breathing in the odors of urine and feces. Aside from smelling unpleasant, it isn’t good for a person’s health.

How do you empty a bedside commode ? The bucket of the commode is removed and the contents are flushed down the toilet after each usage, or you can use a disposable liner and simply tie it up and place it in the outside garbage.

What is a commode chair ?

Commode chairs are portable toilets which don’t have running water which means they don’t flush.

Commode chairs are also referred to as bedside commodes, or portable commodes.

Some commode chairs are static, and others come with wheels, some are for the shower, some the bedroom, some are for transporting people, as well as being a commode, some fold up, some have one function only, and others have multiple functions.

What is the purpose of commode chair or bedside commode ?

Commode chairs are typically used by elderly adults, or people with disabilities, who are bed bound or who may have great difficulties getting to the toilet, and so have a portable one very close at hand.

For those individuals who can still walk a bit, but who are unsteady, a commode chair can be of great help at night if used near to the bed, as it avoids trips to the bathroom at all hours when the user may be sleepy, stiff and unsteady.

My own mom after hip replacement surgery had a bedside commode in her bedroom for some time, and it enabled her to recover, without having to try to take long walks to the bathroom. 

And because commode chairs are height adjustable, it also allowed us to raise the seat and avoid risking any injuries on a low toilet seat, as well as falling when trying to walk to the toilet.

What are the principal types of bedside commode or commode chair

The four main types of bedside commodes, or commode chairs are –

 

  • static bedside/portable commodes
  • static drop arm bedside commodes
  • transport or rolling bedside commodes (with wheels)
  • combination shower chair, transport chair and bedside commodes (with wheels)

The first two types of chair are static bedside commodes which you just carry and place them where you wish them to sit. 

The third and fourth types are both with wheels, and can be used for a number of functions.

I don’t want to make this too confusing, but you will see the four basic types being mixed up a little i.e. you may get a transport, or rolling commode, with drop arms, or a shower or transport commode with drop arms. 

Static commode chairs or bedside commodes

The standard static portable bedside commode is a chair with a commode pale underneath, which you can stick by a bed or in a corner as a toilet.

You lift the seat to place the pale in position, lower the seat again, and it is ready for use.

The most commonly found static bedside commode is the 3-in-1, or All-in-One, and it is the most versatile.

This bedside commode has 3 basic functions it can perform –

 

  • as a bedside commode
  • as a raised toilet seat for over the toilet
  • as a toilet safety frame around a conventional toilet

Static drop arm bedside commodes

Static drop arm commodes are simply bedside commodes with arms which are not in a fixed position.

The arms may swing up or down, or be removed.

The drop arm was designed as a model which allowed for transfer in from the side, and as well as from the front. It is primarily for wheelchair users and individuals who are bed-bound.

Drop arm commodes can also be used when access from the side is required for a caregiver. The arm is moved out of the way so that the caregiver may help the commode user more easily.

Another function of the drop arm is that it allows the user to exit the commode from the side, rather than from the front, such as on a bed, or a wheelchair.

The drop arm bedside commodes can also as –

 

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

Commode chairs with wheels

Transport or rolling bedside commodes

These are bedside commodes on wheels, on which you can push your loved ones around.

If you are caring for an elderly parent who can’t walk, a transport commode is a very practical piece of equipment which will allow you to wheel them around the home.

If you have time you can also wheel your loved one to the bathroom and then position the commode over the toilet, and leave your loved one to have a little privacy. 

With regards to odors, being able to wheel the user into the bathroom to relieve themselves, is a great plus, as the odors don’t spread through the rooms of the house, and the waste is just flushed away, also saving time on cleaning commode buckets, or throwing out disposable commode liners.

The transport or rolling commode can also be used as –

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

 

Be warned that if you are hoping to use the commode over the toilet you will need a model which does not have any horizontal bars between the back legs blocking the passage of the commode over the toilet, and that it has adjustable height legs, with a height which is tall enough to clear your toilet bowl.

Whenever the commode is being used in a fixed position make sure the wheels a re locked in position to avoid accidents.

    The two types of transport commode chair

    There are two types of the basic transport commode chair –

     

    • one with small wheels which requires a caregiver to push the user around in, known as attendant transport commode chairs
    • one which is self-propelled, know as self-propelled transport commode chairs

     

    The Attendant transport commode chair – the user will need assistance to be move around the home.

    The wheels on these are generally 3 – 8 inches in diameter and can be plastic casters, rubber casters or a hard plastic.

    Some models of attendant transport chairs have a larger rear wheel – typically 8 – 12″ such as the Nova Lightweight Transport chair, Model No. 377B-R.

     

    The Self-propelled transport commode chair is just like a self-propelled wheelchair and has a large set of wheels at the back. 

    The self-propelled models are a lot more costly than the standard transport commodes.

     

    Both types of the transport commode chair model can come equipped with, or without, drop arms, padded seats, hard seats, seats with inserts, adjustable height legs, footrests and seat belts. 

    Very often these are listed as add-on options that will change the price somewhat, but they are offered so that you can best customize the commode chair for your needs.

    There may also be different widths of the different commode chairs to choose from as well.

    Transport commodes also come in bariatric models for larger individuals.

    Examples of Attendant transport commode chairs with four equally sized wheels –

     

    • 250 lb –  Nova drop arm transport commode, Prod. No. 8805
    • 250 lb – Nova lightweight transport chair, Model No. 377B-R.
    • 300 lb –  Drive Medical drop arm commode with wheels with padded armrests, Prod. No. 11101W-2
    • 300 lb – Lumex Versamode drop arm transport chair commode w/5 ” wheels, Prod. No. 6810A
    • 300 lb – TFI Healthcare commode w/ elongated seat, Prod. No. 3217
    • 350 lb – AMG Medical MedPro Euro commode with drop down arms, Pro. No. AMG 770365
    • 350 lb – AMG Medical MedPro Euro commode with flip up arms, Pro. No. AMG 7703755
    • 350 lb – Drive Medical upholstered commode with wheels, Prod. No. 11120SV-1

    Examples of Attendant transport commode chairs with larger rear wheels of 8 – 12 inches –

     

    • 220 lb – Belltower portable wheelchair transport commode

    Examples of Self-propelled transport commode

     

    • 198 lb – HBing transport commode wheelchair, Prod. No. —
    • 220 lb – Yezijaju transport commode wheelchair, Prod. No. —
    • 220 lb – LHSS transport commode wheelchair, Prod. No. —
    • 220 lb – Belltower folding transport commode wheelchair, Prod. No. —

    Shower transport commodes chairs

    These commodes can be wheeled into the shower and have been specifically designed for this.

    Of course, if you have a shower with a lip they won’t go in, so that aspect would be totally redundant.

    The shower transport commode can be used as –

    • a shower chair
    • a transport chair
    • a commode
    • some can also be used over the toilet as a raised seat, but you do have to check the height of these, as not all are height adjustable

    Always remember to lock the wheels when using it in a static position.

    The two types of shower transport commode chair

    You are going to find that the shower transport commode chairs, just like the ordinary transport commode chair, come in two types –

    • Attendant shower transport commode chairs with smaller wheels
    • Self-propelled shower transport commode chairs with larger wheelchair sized wheels

    The attendant shower transport commode chair, as with the basic transport commode chair, can either have 4 equally sized wheels between 3 – 8 inches in diameter, or have two wheels at the back which are typically 8 – 12 inches and two smaller wheels at the front.

    The self-propelled shower transport commode chair again has two wheelchair wheels at the back and two small wheels at the front, as with the self-propelled transport commode chair.

    The shower models are of course fully waterproof and have all the different features available that I listed earlier – different seat types, drop arms, footrests, adjustable legs, bariatric models, and padding on the seats, backrests and armrests.

    There are models available for all different sizes of individual.

     

    Examples of Attendant shower transport commode chairs with 4 equally sized wheels, 3 – 8 inches-

     

    • 250 lb –  Nova rolling commode shower chair, Prod. No. 8800
    • 250 lb –  Nova padded commode shower chair w/ wheels, Prod. No. 8801
    • 250 lb – Tuffcare padded transport commode shower chair w/ wheels, Prod. No. S800
    • 250 lb – Everest & Jennings rehab padded commode shower chair 5″ casters, Prod. No. —
    • 260 lb – Tuffcare padded transport commode shower chair w/ 6″ casters, Prod. No. S900
    • 275 lb – Drive Medical aluminum rehab commode shower chair w/ 5″ casters, Prod. No. NRS185007
    • 286 lb – Healthline, Ezee Life commode shower chair w/ 5″ casters, Prod. No. 150
    • 300 lb –  Drive Medical padded commode shower chair w/ wheels, Prod. No.11114-1
    • 330 lb – Invacare Aquatec Ocean Ergo shower/ bedside commode w/ casters, Prod. No. INV-OCEANERGO
    • 385 lb –  Mor Medical euro deluxe commode shower chair w/ 4″ casters, Prod. No. MD-118-4TL

    Examples of Attendant shower transport commode chairs with larger rear wheels, 8 – 12 inches

     

    • 230 lb – OUUCL-OT Lightweight transport shower commode chair -, Prod. No.–
    • 250 lb – Xiao Zhu De Dian STB Multi function transport shower commode chair, Prod. No.–
    • 265 lb – JFGUOYA transport shower commode chair, Prod. No.–
    • 330 lb – Nurth 4 in 1 transport shower commode chair, Prod. No.–
    • 330 lb – Platinum Health Baltic professional transport shower commode chair, Prod. No.–
    • 550 lb- JFGUOYA transport shower commode chair, Prod. No.–

    Examples of Self-propelled shower transport commode chairs with wheelchair wheels-

     

    • 250 lb – Everest & Jennings shower transport commode chair w/ wheelchair wheels, Prod. No. 12022010
    • 260 lb – Tuffcare padded commode shower chair wheelchair, Prod. No. S970
    • 275 lb – Drive Medical aluminum rehab commode shower chair w/ 24″ wheels, Prod. No. NRS185006
    • 300 lb – Invacare Mariner rehab shower/ bedside commode wheelchair (18.5″ x 18.5″), Prod. No. 6895
    • 300 lb – Showerbuddy Roll-inBuddy Solo, shower commode wheelchair, prod. no. SB6w
    • 300 lb – Nuprodx Multichair Ultra narrow shower commode wheelchair (drop arms optional), Prod. No. 4020RX
    • 330 lb – Invacare Aquatec Ocean Ergo self propelled shower/ bedside commode w/ wheelchair wheels, Prod. No. INV-OCEANERGOSP
    • 330 lb – Invacare Aquatec Ocean SP shower/ transport bedside commode w/ wheelcahir wheels, Prod. No. INV-OCEANSP
    • 385 lb – Healthline EZee Life heavy duty shower commode wheelchair, Prod. No. 185-24

    Features which will vary on transport and on shower transport commode chairs

    Adjustable height

    Not all of the transport and shower transport commode chairs will have adjustable height, so if you want to be using them over the toilet, you have to get one with adjustable height, or one with a fixed height that is great enough to go over your toilet.

    Don’t forget to check with the seller that the commode fits over a toilet, and always remember to lock the wheels on a chair when it is in position to be used as a commode.

    Examples of transport commodes with adjustable height

     

    • Drive Aluminum rehab commode shower chair 5″ casters, Prod. No. NRS185007
    • Drive bariatric rehab commode chair 5″ casters, Prod. No. NRS18500

    Examples of shower transport commodes with adjustable height

     

    • Drive Aluminum Rehab commode shower chair 24″ wheels, Prod. No. NRS185006
    • Healthline EZee Life commode shower wheelchair, Prod. No.180-24
    • Healthline EZee Life commode shower wheelchair, Prod. No.150-22

    Weight Capacity

    The heavier commodes are typically referred to a bariatric commodes.

    In all my research over the years, I have not come across a basic transport commode (not shower transport commode chair) with a weight capacity over 350lb.

    There are many more shower transport commode chairs that will take heavier individuals – all the way up to the Gendrom bariatric mobile shower commode chair which has a maximum weight capacity of 750 lb.

    Examples of bariatric transport commodes

     

    • 350 lb – AMG Medical MedPro Euro commode with drop down arms, Pro. No. AMG 770365
    • 350 lb – AMG Medical MedPro Euro commode with flip up arms, Pro. No. AMG 7703755
    • 350 lb – Drive Medical upholstered commode with wheels, Prod. No. 11120SV-1

    Examples of bariatric shower transport commodes

     

    • 385 lb –  Healthline, Ezee Life heavy duty commode shower chair w/ 5″ casters, Prod. No. 185
    • 385 lb –  Healthline, Ezee Life heavy duty commode shower wheelchair, Prod. No. 185-24
    • 440 lb –  Healthline, Ezee Life heavy duty commode shower wheelchair, Prod. No. 186-24
    • 440 lb –  Healthline, Ezee Life heavy duty commode shower chair w/ 5″ casters, Prod. No. 186
    • 450 lb –  Tuffcare heavy duty rolling shower commode chair, Prod. No. S95o
    • 450 lb –  Tuffcare bariatric commode shower wheelchair w/ 24″ wheels, Prod. No. S99o
    • 500 lb –  Drive Medical bariatric rehab commode chair w/ 5″ casters, Prod. No. NRS185008
    • 600 lb – AcveAid heavy duty rolling commode shower chair, Prod.No. 720
    • 705 lb – Arjo Carmina bariatric shower and commode chair, Prod. No. ARJ-BLB1000-013
    • 705 lb – Arjo Carmina bariatric shower and commode chair w/ adjustable footrest, Prod. No. ARJ-BLB2000-013
    • 750 lb ConvaQuip bariatric rehab shower rolling commode chair w/ 26″ wide seat, Prod. No. 1326P-24
    • 750 lb ConvaQuip bariatric rehab shower rolling commode chair w/ 28″ wide seat, Prod. No. 1328P-24
    • 750 lb – Gendron bariatric mobile shower chair w/ 26″ wide seat, Prod. No. GDN-5226
    • 750 lb – Gendron bariatric mobile shower chair w/ 28″ wide seat, Prod. No. GDN-5228 

    Materials

    The frames of the different commodes with wheels come in a range of three basic materials –

     

    • aluminum alloy
    • steel/ stainless steel
    • PVC – a medical grade of anti-bacterial plastic

    Examples of steel transport commodes

     

    • 300 lb – Drive Medical drop arm commode with wheels with padded armrests, Prod. No. 11101W-2

    Examples of aluminum transport commodes

     

    • 200 lb – Lattice portable medical aid mobility commode, Prod. No. —
    • 250 lb – AMG deluxe transport commode w/ 3″ rubber wheels, Prod. No. AMG770344
    • 250 lb – Caremax transport and bedside commode w/ casters, Prod. No. —
    • 250 lb – Nova Drop arm transport commode chair, Prod. No. 8805
    • 285 lb – Invacare Glide About commode (transport), Prod. No. H720T4

    Examples of steel shower transport commodes

     

    • 250 lb –  Nova rolling commode shower chair, Prod. No. 8800
    • 250 lb – Everst & Jennings rehab padded commode shower chair 5″ casters, Prod. No. —
    • 705 lb – Arjo Carmina bariatric shower and commode chair, Prod. No. ARJ-BLB1000-013

    Examples of aluminum shower transport commodes

     

    • 250 lb –  Nova padded commode shower chair w/wheels, Prod. No. 8801
    • 250 lb –  Tuffcare padded transport commode shower chair w/wheels, Prod. No. S800
    • 260 lb –  Tuffcare padded transport commode shower chair w/ 6″ casters, Prod. No. S900
    • 260 lb –  Tuffcare padded commode shower chair wheelchair, Prod. No. S970
    • 275 lb –  Drive Medical aluminum rehab commode shower chair w/ 24″ wheels, Prod. No. NRS185006
    • 275 lb –  Drive Medical aluminum rehab commode shower chair w/ 5″ casters, Prod. No. NRS185007
    • 286 lb –  Healthline, Ezee Life commode shower chair w/ 5″ casters, Prod. No. 150
    • 286 lb –  Healthline, Ezee Life commode shower chair w/ 5″ casters, Prod. No. 180
    • 300 lb –  Drive Medical padded commode shower chair w/wheels, Prod. No.11114-1
    • 385 lb –  Mor Medical euro deluxe commode shower chair w/ 4″ casters, Prod. No. MD-118-4TL

    Examples of PVC shower transport commodes

     

    • 310 lb – Mor Medical New Era PVC rolling commode chair, Prod. No. DNE-118-3TWL
    • 385 lb –  Mor Medical New Era PVC 22″ wide shower bedside commode chair, w/out soft insert, Prod. No. DNE-122-3TWL
    • 385 lb –  Mor Medical New Era PVC 22″ wide rolling shower bedside commode chair, w/ soft insert, Prod. No. DNE-122-3TWL-SSI
    • 385 lb –  Mor Medical New Era PVC 22″ wide rolling shower bedside commode chair w/ footrest, w/out soft insert, Prod. No. DNE-122-3TWL-SF
    • 435 lb –  Mor Medical New Era PVC bariatric 26″ wide rolling commode shower chair without insert, Prod. No. DNE-126-4TWL
    • 435 lb –  Mor Medical New Era PVC bariatric 26″ wide rolling commode shower chair with insert, Prod. No. DNE-126-4TWL-SSI

    Drop Arms

    Each type of commode will have its variations, and the following are a few of the commodes with wheels which also feature drop arms in their design.

    Examples of drop arm transport commodes

     

    • 350 lb – AMG Medical MedPro Euro commode with drop down arms, Pro. No. AMG 770365
    • 350 lb – AMG Medical MedPro Euro commode with flip up arms, Pro. No. AMG 7703755
    • 350 lb – Drive Medical upholstered commode with wheels, Prod. No. 11120SV-1

    Examples of drop arm shower transport commodes

    • 300 lb – Showerbuddy Roll-in Buddy Solo, shower commode wheelchair, prod. no. SB6w
    • 300 lb – Nuprodx Foldable travel shower transport commode chair (drop arms optional)
    • 350 lb – AMG Medical MedPro AquaCare shower commode w/ swivel armrests, Pro. No. AMG770300

    Seat type

    There are a number of different seat types from which you can select for you commode.

    • hard seat
    • padded seat 
    • padded seat with front opening seat
    • padded seat with back opening

    Some of the commodes will offer each type of seat in a menu, along with lots of other options, so you can customize the type of commode chair you buy.

    Overall width

    You will have doubtless realized by now, if you have looked at the lists a little, that the transport and shower transport chairs also come in a variety of widths as they become more sophisticated, and that quite a few of the commode chairs will again have a selection menu where you can choose different widths from narrow, through to wide and extra wide.

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