Product Review: Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Commode with Splash Guard

My top choice for a portable bedside commode…

my portable bedside commode

At first, I was a bit hesitant to review a portable bedside commode due to the sensitive nature of what it’s used for. After much thinking on this topic, I have come to realize just how important a portable bedside commode is for me. In fact, I find it essential to my daily (and nightly) life.

In addition to my mobility issues, I also have incontinence and a frequent urge to urinate. It’s very frustrating because I often could not make it to my bathroom in time.  It made me feel very helpless!  My daughter suggested that I visit the Women’s Health Foundation website because they have a section on seniors and incontinence.

As the situation got worse, my doctor suggested that I get a bedside commode.  At first, I was horrified by the idea…I envisioned the smells that would emanate from it depending on what I needed to do.  I thought the idea was absolutely disgusting!

Then I found out one of my friends from Florida had one and was very pleased with it.  She generously shared her experiences and the next day I asked my son to order me one online.  The one that my friend recommended was the Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Commode with Commode Bucket and Splash Guard…apparently a very popular product.

I have been using it for about 3 years and I am so pleased with it…
Here’s What I Really Like About My Bedside Commode
  • When I have to go to the bathroom, I literally can easily move from my bed to the commode.
  • It has a very solid lid to put down, so I rarely smell anything foul.
  • I use scented liners, so cleanup is very easy for my caregiver.
  • It’s small and fits perfectly next to my bed.
  • I can maneuver easily around it to get to my walker.
  • I can use it day or night depending on the situation.
  • It is really very solid and sturdy, so I feel safe.
  • I also like that it has a splash guard so it seems more hygienic to me.
  • My only complaint is that it doesn’t come pre-assembled.  Luckily, my son is pretty handy and had it assembled within an hour or so.
Here are the Specs:
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 7.5 x 24.4 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13 pounds
  • Height adjustable 16.5″-22.5″
  • Durable plastic snap on seat and lid
  • Folds easily for storage and transport
  • Can accommodate 300 lbs
My Cleaning Suggestions:

In terms of cleaning, I like to use Lysol spray and a bit of Pinesol.  I hope you found my review of my portable bedside commode very helpful!  There are lots of good options out there.

Here are a few other accessories that I can recommend:

 

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Barbara

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