Maintaining independence and taking care of his own daily hygiene needs is a lot easier for Auckland’s Matt Jackson thanks to a Cobi Rehab XXL shower commode.
“It’s a really good design,” the 54 year-old says. “I can give myself a decent washdown once a day and I don’t need anybody to come in and help. I know I can clean myself and I feel clean.”
When Matt first arrived at the private hospital, he was assisted by carers to use the shower and toilet but didn’t feel properly clean afterwards.
“I could see the staff were rushed off their feet so I’ve worked out a system of doing it myself. This new commode has made life a heck of a lot easier and I feel safer on it compared to my old one.”
“I’m in a wheelchair so I wheel myself up to the bathroom door, hang up all my towels, then I just transfer myself onto the commode. I then just push myself over to the shower by holding onto the railings. I can stand up using this commode and wash the undercarriage really well. It’s easy to get back into and I feel safe – I’m not going to slide off the seat or anything like that.”
Matt says the wide padded seat is comfortable and easy to clean, and the armrests can swing outwards to make it easier when showering the sides of his body, or to help climb in and out of the commode if necessary.
Matt moved into a private hospital just over 12 months ago after a traumatic period of time where he was made redundant from his job as a manual welder, was evicted from his rental accommodation, and spent three months in Middlemore Hospital where he was treated for a burst cyst.
He has always been a big person, but was physically fit up until three or four years ago when he got a car and his driver’s license. Prior to that, he biked from Takanini to Howick each day to get to work, and used to enjoy challenging tramps such as the steep Pinnacles walk in the Coromandel. But with a car, there was less incentive to exercise and his weight increased to 265kg.
The private hospital is home for now, where he has his own room and shares bathroom facilities with one other.
The Cobi Rehab XXL shower commode is designed for bariatric clients and can hold up to 325kg. The practical, user-friendly design allows people like Matt to get in and out of the commode independently and ensures transfers, positioning and cleaning are as easy as possible.
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