Patient Information

Static Commode


What is a static commode for?

This leaflet is for patients who have been assessed as needing a static commose to improve independence in the home. It is also for the families, carers and professionals supporting you.

A static commode helps you to:

  • toilet in your home when it is difficult to access a bathroom
  • toilet when you have reduced mobility.
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Maximum weight limit: 165 kg (about 26 stones)

When should you not use a static commode?

Do not use a static commode if:

  • you have not been assessed as needing one
  • you are weak on one side or lean heavily to one side as the commode may tip over
  • your home has uneven or weak flooring
  • your arms or upper body are weak
  • you do not have a wall or firm support to go behind the commode and stop it from tipping backwards

How to set up static commode

When you first receive the commode, check that it is not damaged, all 4 leg clips are intact and the rubber feet are fitted correctly.

To ensure the commode is the correct height:

  1. Sit on the commode wearing your usual shoes or slippers. Another person will need to measure from the back of your knee to your heel when your foot is flat to the floor.
  2. Remove the padded seat and the bucket, take the clips out of all of the legs and adjust the height of the commode to the same height as the leg measurement to make sure that your knees are at a right angle when sitting on the commode. Replace the clips.
  3. Always make sure all 4 legs are the same height so the commode is stable, and then place the commode against a wall or firm back support to minimise the risk of it tipping backwards.

This video on YouTube shows how to fit your commode

Website address and QR code for the video
QR code for commode fitting

How to collect your static commode or request a repair for a broken commode

Each borough’s provider and phone number is listed in the Contacts section below.


Kingston - Medequip 0208 154 2922
Merton - Uniquis 0208 664 8860
Richmond - NRS 0300 100 0253
Surrey - Millbrook 0330 124 1247
Wandsworth - NRS 0300 100 0253

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