TOILETING AIDS TO ASSIST IMMOBILE PATIENTS
There are various types of bedpans, urinals and mobile toileting aids that can be used when a patient or user has limited mobility. Bedpans are designed to be as comfortable as possible for the user, whilst also helping carers to support individuals and help them retain dignity and independence.
With so many different products to choose from, it can be difficult to know which toileting aid best suits the individual and how to use it properly. Our step by step guide on how to use a bedpan and urinal includes helpful information about which one is best suited for improved independence and care of the individual.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEDPANS AND URINALS
Both bedpans and urinals can generally be divided into two groups; disposable and reusable pieces of equipment. These can then be further divided into separate male and female products, all of which are individually designed to help with toileting and cleaning up afterwards.
We have a wide range of male urinal products, a disposable urinal and reusable pieces of equipment too. All our products can be used both sitting upright and lying down, however urinals are often recommended as the best option in comparison to a bed pan for men when urinating. The secure fitting of both our male urinal bottles are designed to prevent leaks and spills in order to reduce unpleasant odours and risk of cross infection.
Female users can sometimes find using urinals more difficult than males. However, we have taken this into great consideration and offer a thoughtfully designed range of female urinal products, in order to reduce leaks and make the user feel at ease. Wider openings allow for the female urinal bottle to be angled correctly once in position, our bottle also has an easy grip handle as shown, which is particularly beneficial for those who may have limited hand movement.
Female slipper pans and female petal pans are most commonly used by those in a sitting position and slipper pans in particular are simple to use as they can be easily positioned into place. Our petal pan is designed specifically with a spout for ease of emptying and cleaning and the secure fitting bung prevents any leaks and spills.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE OF HOW TO USE A URINAL
- Ask the user to place the urinal between their legs.
- If they are unable to do this themselves, carefully spread the user’s legs.
- If the user is male they made need assistance placing the penis into the top of the urinal.
- Place the urinal in position and hold while urination takes place.
- When the urination has stopped, gently remove the urinal.
- With a damp warm (but not too warm) washcloth wipe between the person’s leg.
- Remember if the user is female to always wipe from front to back.
- Finally gently dry the area between the user’s legs.
Our unisex bed pan, as shown in the picture below, is ideal for any patient or user confined to their bed. With a secure fitting lid to prevent leaks and spills, this bedpan was designed to make the process of assisting someone with using a bedpan as easy as possible.