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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
Please speak to a member of staff before or during your visit to the hospital if you require translation.
Please contact the Patient Experience Team on 020 8934 3850 if you need this information in a different format.
For information accessibility please visit Kingston Hospital AccessAble www.accessable.co.uk/kingston-hospital-nhs-foundation-trust
Visit the hospital website, ask a member of staff, or ring us for details.
Switchboard 020 8546 7711
‘Find Us’ page for maps, transport, registering a blue badge, disabled access
Information, advice and support for patients and relatives (PALS) 020 8934 3993
Please speak to a member of staff before or during your visit to the hospital if you require translation support to access Patient Information. Please ring the phone number on your appointment letter, if you have one.
Request More Information
Please contact the Patient Experience Team on 020 893 3850 if you need this information in a different format.
For detailed information on accessibility at Kingston Hospital visit Kingston Hospital AccessAble (https://www.accessable.co.uk/kingston-hospital-nhs-foundation-trust).
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