Paula, who runs UMT Upcycling and Mobility Training, came up with the idea to give equipment a new lease of life after spending time in hospital and seeing that some patients were unable to be discharged because aids such as a commode
or wheelchair weren't always available.
. Shower & toilet commodes
include electric shower commode
, fixed shower commode
, folding shower commode
, and transit shower commode
The height of the commode
(17-19 inches) is lower than the average wheelchair plus cushion seat-to-floor height (22 inches) requiring a non-level height transfer for most people.
was self-controlled and meant its user could get washed and dried without assistance.
She further did not respect the dignity of two women who were told to use their incontinence pads when they had asked to use commodes
, it is claimed.
The poor state of repair of chairs and equipment, such as commodes
, was a recurring theme on the four wards inspectors visited at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
SEAT OF LEARNING: Jane Goodbody and Melanie Gallo show off the new, improved commodes
which they designed and have now been delivered to Coventry's University Hospita
Q I HAVE been advised by my occupational therapist to buy a commode
but I don't like the look.
"More than half of the commodes
we inspected were not cleaned properly.
Northumbria Healthcare Trust has bought 12 commodes
costing pounds 11,760, 18 chairs costing pounds 6,300, six tenor hoists costing pounds 27,000, 15 tenor slings costing pounds 6,000, walking frames costing pounds 1,200 and crutches at pounds 1,000.
Now, in all fairness, I have to say that these commodes
are fine, just as long as you do not open and shut the drawers.
It also can be used to move residents between beds and wheelchairs, to and from commodes
, or directly to or from the floor.