Bathroom aids instruction

Commodes

Commodes are free standing, using a pail or used over a bathroom toilet with a splash guard. Note: these should not be used together. Sitting on a commode with the pail and splash guard inserted at the same time can cause the seat, pail and/or the splash guard to crack.

Commodes come in many different styles for all types of needs. BJC Home Medical Equipment keeps in stock a standard style, an extra-wide style and drop-arm style. Specialty commodes can be ordered.

The commode should always be placed on a level surface where there is easy access.

Cleaning: For those types with pails, they should be emptied after every use and rinsed.  Always wear gloves. They should be cleaned daily, wiping the commode, pail and splash guard with a mixture of 90% water and 10% bleach.

Raised toilet seats

Raised toilet seats are used to make it easier for the individual to get up and down on the toilet. They help people with arthritis and other mobility issues use the toilet with less bending.

Raised toilet seats come with and without side rails. Side rails provide additional assistance to people to help steady them or push off of the toilet.

To install, place the lid and seat of the toilet in an up position. Place the raised toilet seat into the lip of the toilet bowl. Depending on the type, it may have a clamping device to lock onto the lip of the bowl.

Cleaning: Wearing gloves, wipe of the raised toilet seat daily with a mixture of 90% water and 10 % bleach.

Grab bars

Grab bars can be used to assist the individuals getting on or off of the toilet, or in and out of the bathtub or shower.

The customer is responsible for the installation of grab bars. When installing, make sure that it is installed so that it can safely bear the weight of the user.

Cleaning: Clean as needed with hot soapy water.

Safety rails (tub bar)

Tub bars are normally installed on the side of the bathtub and used to assist individuals  in and out of the bathtub.

The customer is responsible for the installation of the tub bar. When installing, make sure that it is installed so that it can safely bear the weight of the user.

Cleaning: Clean as needed with hot soapy water.

Bath bench

Bath benches are used to make bathing or showering easier and safer for the person who has trouble sitting down in a tub or standing in a shower.

Bath benches come with or without a back and in molded plastic or padded.  The bench is placed inside the bath tub or the shower.

Cleaning: After each use, wash with soapy hot water.  If soiled, wipe with a mixture of 90% water with 10% bleach. Use gloves.

Transfer bench

A transfer bench is used to assist individuals in and out of the bath tub.

The transfer bench is placed where one side is in the tib and the other is outside the tub. The person sits on one side that is outside of the tub and then can slowly and safely slide over to the side inside of the tub.

Cleaning: After each use, wash with soapy hot water.  If soiled, wipe with a mixture of 90% water with 10% bleach. Use gloves.

Adjusting equipment legs

If your aid has adjustable legs to change the height, follow these instructions:

  • Turn the equipment on its side.
  • Starting with the first leg, press in the button and twist the bottom of the leg slightly to keep the button from popping back out.
  • Adjust the height by sliding the bottom of the leg IN to lower and OUT to raise.
  • When the leg is at the desired height, twist the bottom of the leg so that button pops through the nearest hole. You may have to adjust up or down to allow the button to align with the hole.
  • Make sure that the button is extended through the hole, securing the leg so it cannot move.
  • Repeat for all legs, making sure that all are adjusted with the button in the same hole of each leg.

Safety

  • Don’t use equipment if it is damaged or in need of repair, since an injury could result.
  • Always use rubber mats or non-slip strips on the floor of the bathtub or shower to avoid falls.
  • Always be careful when going in and out of the tub or shower. Water on the floor or feet could result in a fall.
  • Always make sure that commodes and benches are level and stable.
  • Always make sure that grab bars and safety rails are secure and can bear the weight of the patient. Never use fixtures or towel racks as grab bars as they can break and cause a fall.
  • Always wear gloves when cleaning waste and using bleach.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in the bathtub or shower.