Commodes come in various shapes, sizes and even colors. Sometimes understanding all the differences can be somewhat confusing. Nonetheless, you are likely only looking to find something that can begin providing relief and getting you back to enjoying independence and not depending on a caregiver, friend or family member. This leads me to one of the questions that I’ve seen popping up recently. What is a bariatric commode? After looking at the specifications and differences between regular commodes and bariatric commodes, here is what I can tell you.
So, what is a bariatric commode? A bariatric commode is a commode with additional seating area. In addition, bariatric commodes are designed to support more weight. Bariatric commodes are designed to support up to 1000 pounds. Bariatric commodes also feature padded back cushions as well as padded armrest.
How is this different than a regular commode and how will a bariatric commode specifically help you and your mobility issues? That’s what this entire post is designed to break down for you. I wanted to take the time to cover the benefits of bariatric commodes and how they stand out of the crowd compared to other senior assistive devices.
Let’s dive into the details.
What Makes Bariatric Commodes So Special or Different Than Other Commodes?
The most unique feature of a bariatric commode is the fact that it remains lightweight coming in between 20 and 30 pounds in most scenarios, but a bariatric commode can support up to 1000 pounds.
This is a significant upgrade over a regular commode which will typically support between 400-600 pounds. Bariatric commodes are also unique due to the extra broad seating areas while still featuring the comfortably padded back supports and arm supports.
Bariatric commodes still serve the primary purpose that other commodes serve. Aiding individuals with mobility issues, balance issues, vision problems or even issues with conditions such as Dementia. Bariatric commodes are also dual purpose.
While it’s not quite as versatile as a 3 in 1 commode, a bariatric commode can still serve as a regular toilet seat riser or a bedside commode. This is slightly different than your 3 in 1 commode that can also serve as your shower chair if need be.
Bariatric Commodes Are Easy to Assemble and Disassemble
Commodes have another unique trait in the fact that they are extremely easy to assemble or take part when the situation calls for it. It’s usually just your mainframe and two attachments to the supports. The fact that you can piece these together quickly, support up to 1000 pounds and have an assistive device weighing less than 30 pounds is an excellent product for the money.
How Much Do Bariatric Commodes Cost Compared to Other Commodes
Bariatric Commodes are cheaper than 3 in 1 commodes by a slight amount but are slightly more expensive than a basic bedside commode.
To make this easy to understand, bariatric commodes fall right in the middle of the price scale and usually will run you anywhere from 70-80.00 dollars depending on where you purchase from.
In some situations, depending on the manufacturer, you may find bariatric commodes that are higher end and can quickly run you over 100.00 dollars. It just depends on what you are looking for and what will serve you best.
Which Commode Do We Believe Is the Best for You and Your Needs?
This is hard to answer because factors can vary so much. If you really need a bedside commode and that’s all your looking for, a regular plain commode will get the job done without any issues.
If you need a shower chair, toilet riser, and the bedside commode to serve your needs, you should be looking for one of the 3 in 1 in commodes.
Lastly, if you are larger or have needs for a more durable commode and a commode capable of handling more weight, you should be searching for the best deal you can find on a bariatric commode.
What Do We Recommend You Do Next?
As always, we want you to start by analyzing your specific needs and decide which commode is going to be the best for you. This is still going to be the most important factor in discovering first before making any decisions.
Once you have figured out if you need a regular commode, 3 in 1 commode or a bariatric commode is when you can begin budget shopping and look for the best deal. It’s all about restoring some quality of life and making you as mobile as possible without placing that burden on a family member or a caregiver.
After figuring this out, the rest is downhill and as easy as 1,2,3.
Putting It All Together. With Many Options, A Bariatric Commode Could Fit Your Needs
We know it can be somewhat intimidating to understand all the differences with these commodes. That’s normal, and that’s what we aim to help with at Senior Spot.
Our goal is always providing the information we know is essential towards seniors to regain pride, independence and to regain the quality of life.
Commodes are certainly an assistive device that can begin solving some problems for you, and a must consider, but we will ultimately will let you be the judge of that at the end of the day.
What’s your take on bariatric commodes? Do you have any specific bariatric commodes that you recommend to the readers? Be sure to drop a comment below.