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We only have one bathroom on the first floor. Mom is now limited to climbing stairs only during the day because of poor vision. She's up several times a night so we have started her on a commode. I tried liners along with 'gel pads' and found that to be too bulky to put in the trash. I was double bagging these to avoid spills but that didn't work too well. I'd like to hear from others who are dealing with this and what they've found successful. (I dread the day when she starts using the commode for bowel movements)

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Why would anyone bag the contents of a potty chair? Just empty the bucket into the toilet, use the shower to rinse bucket (also going into toilet) and follow up with a squirt of Nature's Miracle in a spray bottle. No muss, no fuss
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I am guessing you are talking about a bedside potty that uses liners.  Get yourself a baby diaper container/pail (whatever they call it now), that also has liners, and put the used stuff in there.  But if she is only urinating in the bedside potty, take it and dump down normal toilet.  When she does starting having bowel movements, that's when I would use the baby diaper thing.  good luck
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Imho, flush the commode contents of urine down the toilet. Do not put them in the trash as the urine is malodorous.
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We use a liner, which gets changed once a day unless she has a BM. I order the liners on amazon. We put a scoop of kitty litter in after she urinates. We keep a garbage bag in the garage outside the door and put the liner or liners in there and so it’s double bagged in the garage.

I was very concerned about smell but this seems to be working.

we purchased a sit to stand from a family owned company. It’s great. It allows us to stand my Mom up, which we do for at least 15 minutes per day. It’s different than a hoyer. Safe for one person to operate and you can raise, lower and move the person around. We use it to get her in and out of bed too. Cost was around $1500.
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Ricky6 May 22, 2020
Invacare has a get u up lift which is similar to that described here and easier than a hoyer lift. Medicare will pay with Doctor’s order.
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I would not put a strong chemical cleaner in a commode. It could cause issues.

Order some lemon essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil, mix equal parts and spray 1 or 2 shots in the commode, this will keep the smell under water and not create a chemical smell. Always keep some water in the commode to help with splashing and odor. Makes it easier to clean as well.
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My dad has had several falls most recently last month, so he wears depends to bed ,and I put a cloth liner under him and then another under the fitted sheet.

The liner under him gets soiled occasionally but never the fitted sheet and definitely not the liner under it.Hope this helps.
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I keep a trash can in the garage with a black trash bag in it. We use Medline Commode Liners with Absorbent Pad from Amazon. They go on sale occasionally. I use two bags a day (Day/Night) unless she has a bowel movement. We tie the bag up and toss in the garage lined can. We have never had an issue with leakage with the Medline bags. The absorbent pads are a bit thicker then other brands. It is amazing how much fluid gels. My cousin used them also when she broke her leg and could not get in the bathroom.
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i have porta-potty's on both sides of the bed. one each for elderly dad (93) & mom (91).
Dad uses (un-assisted) for after bedding down to urinate, as for mom I need to help her out of bed to urinate and stool.
I have a large vinyl tarp that extends across the full width of the bed (wall to wall) under the bed and both pottys. The pottys sit on top of this liner.
This allows for wiping, mopping (when needed).
In the potty itself i pour water about 1/2 the way and top with pine-sol.
I empty in the morning.
Mom uses potty through-out the day and nite (with my assistance),
i empty the potty as used by simply pouring into toilet flushing, rinsing out the potty
and refilling (as previously noted). With her stool it's the same. Be sure yo have a waste basket next to potty to dispose of any wipes or other that is not flushable or you will clog your toilet.
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kdcm1011 May 22, 2020
God bless you!
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I have an aide that comes every morning to put my husband on the bedside commode as he is bedridden and I can not physically pick him up myself. What I have found that works best (and with less mess) is first putting a black trash bag underneath the commode (I fold mine in half), and then I put a good 6 or 8 inches of water in the basin. The trash bag catches any splatter of water (or urine in your case) and even poop water if it splashes when getting on or off. My husband has a supra pubic catherter, so I don't have to worry about that, but by putting the water in the basin, when he is done pooping, all I have to do is take the basin to the toilet, dump it and flush it down. I of course then wipe it out real good and put it back for the next day. I also put the product "POO-POURRI" in the water (that you can find at Walmart, QVC or someplace like that) so that my living room doesn't smell like poop, as that is where my husband is in a hospital bed. Hope that suggestion helps. It really works out great, so you don't have to fear if in fact in the future she needs to use you the commode to poop as well. Wishing you the best.
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Grandma1954 May 21, 2020
Look into getting a Hoyer Lift. There are several slings that can make life so much easier and safer. A split leg sling makes lifting easy, a sling with a commode hole is perfect, the hole allows you to position him on the commode easily. While not ideal and not recommended 1 person can lift someone with a Hoyer.
Much safer than trying to physically lift someone or help them transfer using a gait belt or board to slide on.
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I'm not sure why you wouldn't just flush the commode contents, especially since at this point it is just urine. I have read that leaving an inch or so of water in the bucket makes feces easier to remove, I imagine adding a squirt of pine-sol would help with odours too.
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If the commode will be "freestanding" make sure it is as sturdy as possible. I have seen some that are pretty "rickety" . Also make sure it is size appropriate. both height and seat size. Height can be adjusted but if a large size is necessary get one that is for bariatric needs.
One with arms so it is easier to sit down and get up.
A privacy curtain with a little stand with all the items necessary, toilet paper, wipes and if this can be set up near a sink great but if that is not possible plenty of hand sanitizer as well as disposable glove for when you have to help her.
And a supply of sanitizing wipes so the commode, stand and curtain can be wiped down once in a while.

For urine emptying in the toilet then rinsing and sanitizing the removable basin will be enough.
When she is using it for bowel movements lining with a plastic bag will make emptying easier to the garbage or leave unlined and empty into the toilet. Again rinsing then sanitizing after use.
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