When you have an elderly person or a person who cannot move unaided living in the home, it is often handy to use a “commode” or lavatory seat.
What is a commode seat?
Commode seats are aids for the disabled or people with mobility problems. It is a seat, simple or padded, static or on wheels, which has an actual lavatory and an extractable seat part for taking care of bodily needs.
How do you choose a commode seat?
The choice of lavatory seat that best suits the needs of its user must start by examining how and where it will be used.
The first distinction to make among the many types available on the market is between the static and the dynamic models.
The static models
Commode seats without wheels are called static models and have an adjustable-height steel frame which allows them to be adapted to the user’s needs.
They have a seat and a detachable backrest, both padded and anatomical, and padded and extractable armrests, with a waterproof and easily washable cover.
The characteristic feature is a plastic lavatory basin on tracks, which makes it easy to remove for cleaning without the user having to get up.
The Mopedia by Moretti SpA brand offers a wide range of commode seats and bathroom aids. In addition to the more traditional static seats, there are also multi-purpose solutions that can be used simultaneously as: a commode seat, a lavatory booster seat, a lavatory support and a shower seat.
In this case, the seat has a foldaway anodised aluminium frame, fixed or removable, with a comfortable polyethylene seat, a lavatory basin, plastic armrests and rubber anti-slip tips.
The dynamic models
Dynamic commode seats have wheels. Some are for pushing, and therefore for movement assisted by family members or qualified staff, and others are self-propelling, with large rear wheels and a handrail for independent movement.
The dynamic models, based on wheelchairs, may have simple seats with a similar shape to the static models, or with the sole addition of tipping and adjustable platforms and four pirouetting castors, of which two have brakes. Alternatively, they may have a sturdier and padded structure that guarantees the user’s comfort even in the case of prolonged use.
The Mopedia by Moretti SpA brand includes the Komoda range, with a set of seats with a rigid, powder coated steel frame. They are characterised by the presence of an extractable backrest, reclinable from 0° to 45° with semi-automatic or spring return, or from 0° to 90° with levers, and an anatomical seat and backrest removable without using other utensils.
Added comfort is provided by the raisable and extractable footrests and calf rests, which support the lower part of the body.
All the seats in this range have an easily washable, blue, fire-retardant, synthetic leather cover, tested according to standards EN 1021-1 and EN 1021-2, and an easily removable and washable lavatory basin.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that commode seats are considered as Medical Devices pursuant to directive 93/42/EEC and registered at the Health Ministry in the Medical Device Database. The purchase price is therefore tax-deductible, after you have submitted the declaration of conformity downloadable from our website.
For more information on the Mopedia commode seats, consult our catalogue or ask your orthopaedics and healthcare products store for Moretti SpA products.