This page is for people who use a walker, cane, or crutches. This page will tell you how to safely get on and off a toilet or bedside commode.
Sitting on a toilet
- Using your walker, cane, or crutches, back up to the toilet or bedside commode until you feel it behind your knees.
- Keep your weaker leg slightly in front of you.
- With both hands, reach back to the toilet seat or the rails on the bedside commode (See picture at right).
- Slowly lower yourself onto the seat.
Getting up from the toilet
- To get up, push off from the rails or seat.
- When you stand, get your balance before reaching for your walker, cane, or crutches.
- Do not pull up on your walker. This can cause the walker to tip, and you could fall.
- Adjust the bedside commode to the proper height. Your therapist will tell you how
high it should be.
- Check with your doctor before you stop using your bedside commode or other equipment.
- If possible, keep the bedside commode against a wall. This will help keep the commode from moving when you sit on it.
- If you have trouble sitting down or standing up, try leaning forward over your toes when getting up or down. Think of the phrase “nose to toes.” If you have had a total hip replacement, do not follow this tip. Follow your precautions.
- Tuck your stronger foot under the commode to stand.
- Once you are standing, be sure you have your balance before reaching for your walker, cane, or crutches.
Note: Your therapist may show you different ways to get on and off the toilet or bedside commode, depending on your situation. Follow the instructions you are given.