Consider which type of commode is right for your situation. A number of commodes are built to accommodate every situation. Some are essentially elevated seats that are built to rest over an existing toilet seat while others are bedpans with a seat and surrounding frame that can be placed near a bed. Some can be used for both purposes. Websites such as WheelchairSite.com can help you find the right commode for your situation.
Purchase a commode. Either ask a health care professional to refer you to a retailer, or use a website such as Selfcare.
Find a good location for the commode. If you don't plan to put the commode in the bathroom, select an easily accessible location such as next to the person's bed. Place necessary sanitation products, such as a bowl of warm water, towels and toilet paper within easy reach of the commode.
Lock the wheels of the commode to prevent it from rolling away.
Fill the container with a small amount of water for sanitation purposes and ensure that everything is in place.
Use the handlebars to stabilize yourself and lift yourself on and off the seat.
Help the patient sit on the commode if they have trouble doing it alone. Once the person is sitting down, leave the room so he or she has privacy. Give the person a bell so that they can indicate when they are finished. Help clean the person if they need it. Use disposable gloves while doing this.