If you are helping a loved one with a bedpan or urinal, try to be relaxed. Helping with a bedpan or urinal can be embarrassing for both of you. This may be especially true if you are caring for someone of the opposite sex. If you are calm and don’t seem embarrassed, the person may feel more comfortable.
To help with a bedpan
Be sure to plan ahead before your loved one uses the bedpan.
Gather the supplies you need, such as the bedpan, gloves, toilet paper or wet wipes, a basin with warm water, a towel, and washcloths. Have a place to set the bedpan aside while you help with wiping or getting dressed.
Sprinkle a small amount of body powder on the rim of the bedpan to help with sliding. You can use a bed pad under the bedpan for spills.
Help get the bedpan into position.
Have the person sit up or lift up the hips slightly and then slide the bedpan under the person. Or if you have a helper, help your loved one lift his or her hips while the other person slides the bedpan under the buttocks.
Or, you can help the person turn to the side. Gently press the bedpan against his or her bottom and then help the person turn back onto the bedpan.
If you can leave your loved one alone safely, leave the room to give privacy.
After the person uses the bedpan:
Make sure to hold the bedpan in place and help the person roll off of it, away from you. Carefully set the bedpan to the side.
Help the person wipe if needed.
Wash and dry the area from the side.
Empty the bedpan into the toilet.
Rinse and wash the bedpan using a disinfectant diluted with water. It may help to use a small sprayer that attaches to the toilet water supply. Dry the bedpan or let it air-dry.