Commodes & potty chairs

Commodes & potty chairs

For children not able to use a standard toilet, a commode may be required. Commodes tend to have a slide-in pan and often postural support provided by a lap strap, harnesses or hip/trunk support pads. They are available in mobile, static and multi-function models.

Also included here are potty chairs. They are comprised of a standard potty inserted into a chair frame to provide a higher sitting position and better all round support than a standard floor-sitting potty

Help and advice

Reasons for children not being able to use a standard toilet and using a commode or potty instead include:

  • Having a toilet which cannot be adapted (or is awaiting adaptations) to suit the needs of the child.
  • Difficulty accessing the toilet (e.g. getting upstairs to the toilet).
  • Not enough support provided by standard or specialised toilet seats.

Assisting a child with toileting can cause back strain. Read our tips on reducing back strain for parents and carers.

When considering equipment for the toilet, an individual assessment with an occupational therapist may be appropriate. Your child's safety is very important and there may be individual factors which determine what equipment best suits your child's needs. The information on this site is not a substitute for individual assessment.

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