Here’s Why Bidets Are The Answer For Elderly And Disabled
Nobody likes to be dependent on others to do their normal daily routines. Yet, when mobility issues start to develop either through aging or a disability, then it seems almost inevitable that a caretaker is needed. However, with a hands free bidet, taking care of your hygiene is as simple as can be.
The latest incarnations of bidets are the seat attachment or even smart toilet bidet combos that can do everything at the touch of a button. No need to get your hands dirty even if you are able to reach.
Hygiene is one of the biggest challenges for senior citizens and differently abled so a bidet is a game changer in this regard.
Below are some of the most popular electric seat bidets that work great for the elderly and disabled. However, if you are on a budget then check out the nonelectric Whisper Bidet which is easy to install, simple to use, and is within most budgets as far as price goes.
Read on for all the reviews and a general buying guide so you can find the right one for your needs.
Make sure that you get a bidet that has a warm water option! This article will help you out.
Best bidet toilet seat for disabled & elderly
In this section we will go over several of the best smart toilets or bidet attachments for seniors with mobility issues. There really is a bidet toilet for every budget and need. (If these are still out of your budget, then try using an electric travel bidet that works even at home by checking out the review article.)
At the end of the list of top bidets for the elderly read further for the full guide on how to choose the right one. Let’s start with the ones that work with a toilet seat riser.
Bidet Seat Attachments For Toilet Seat Riser
If you have trouble standing up from the toilet and have a seat riser or need one, then rest assured that the following bidet attachments will work with it. They are all easy to install as well.
#1 Pick: Bio Bidet BB-1000W Supreme Elongated Bidet Toilet Seat
Bio Bidet is one of the leaders in electric bidet seat attachments which I heartily recommend to anybody even without mobility issues. But, this is a great bidet for those that are not able to take care of their hygiene as well as they would like.
One of the best parts about it is the handy remote control that can be mounted alongside the bidet. Other bidet seats have controls on the seat itself which can be difficult to see and work when you have mobility problems. This remote is easy to read and you can mount it wherever it is going to be easy to reach.
It also has a tank system that keeps the water warm so you don’t end up suffering through a few seconds of cold water while you wait for it to heat. Plus it has an air dryer so you don’t even need to reach down to dry off.
With a posterior feminine and vortex wash you can clean up everywhere without even needing to move.
Take a look at the listing below to see if it’s going to be the best option for you.
- WATER DOES IT BETTER – Choose from a variety of settings including rear...
- ULTIMATE BATHROOM UPGRADE - Sit down to a comfortable heated bidet toilet...
- DESIGNED FOR EVERY BODY - Reduce the need for toilet paper with the...
- SOOTHING WARM WATER - Adjust water pressure, water temperature and nozzle...
- EASY INSTALLATION – Upgrade your bathroom in minutes with a home bidet,...
Is your bidet water clean? Check out the article on the cleanliness of a bidet.
Brondell Swash 1400 Luxury Bidet Toilet Seat
This is another hands free bidet that works with riser seats and I love to recommend. It has a lot of customizations which makes it ideal for elderly and disabled. Everybody has different issues and needs so having a way to personalize your experience is the way to go.
Seven nozzle positions can have it angled exactly how you like it and all by using the controls. Then, you can control the water pressure and even use an oscillating spray for wider coverage.
It has a tankless system that heats the water to avoid cold shocks, but it also has continuous hot water. So even if the tank is emptying, it still heats the water as it passes through. You don’t have to worry about it running out.
The nightlight makes it easy to see at night and the remote can also make it easier to use just like the Bio Bidet in the last section.
To make your life easier, the nozzle is not only self cleaning but will also self sterilize after each use.
A heated seat and even a deodorizer rounds out the conveniences. Of course, there are plenty more features so take a look at the product box below and click the button to learn more.
- CUSTOMIZE YOUR WASH: Programmable user settings and one-touch auto mode...
- EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE: Technology never felt so clean. This electronic...
- EASY INSTALLATION: This bidet toilet seat measures 20.43” x 15.2” x...
- DESIGNED FOR THE MODERN NORTH AMERICAN BATHROOM: This bidet’s sleek shape...
- WE ARE BRONDELL: Join the Wash Don’t Wipe Revolution! Since 2003,...
Not Compatible With Riser Seat
The next bidets on the list are only if you don’t need a riser for your seat or if you are using a Toilevator Toilet Riser that is installed underneath the toilet itself which raises it so you don’t need to worry about the seat at all.
TOTO SW2044#01 C200 Electronic Bidet Toilet
One of the most popular electric bidet brands is Toto. They make excellent bidet seat attachments at a great price.
Though they might not be as customizable as the previous models, it does have some interesting features. For instance, it has a premist spray over the toilet bowl to make sure that nothing sticks to it. This is ideal for those with mobility issues as it makes it easy to clean. Most times you won’t need to even use the brush. In addition the nozzle is self cleaning and has a coating that beads liquids so nothing sticks to it.
The warm air dryer and heated seat add to comfort and the ability to be totally hands free.
Check out the listing below and click the button to read more about how Toto might be your best bidet if you have mobility issues.
- A REFRESHING CLEAN FOR EVERYONE - Gentle yet powerful water spray provides...
- STEP INTO A LAVISH STANDARD OF LIVING – SoftClose heated bidet seat...
- CLEAN INNOVATIONS OFFER PEACE OF MIND - PREMIST helps prevent waste from...
- EMBRACE YOUR UNIQUENESS - The convenient remote allows users to control and...
- EXPERIENCE EVERYDAY EXCELLENCE – 50 Million WASHLET users agree TOTO...
Best Budget Bidet: SmartBidet SB-1000 Electric Bidet Seat
Many electric bidet toilet seats are quite pricey. When you are on a limited income it’s understandable if you balk at some of the ones listed above considering their price. However, there is still an option if your funds are limited. The Smartbidet brand is ideal for those that don’t need a lot of bells and whistles but need a hands free toilet experience.
The Smartbidet does have 5 different water pressure levels and even temperature settings so you can customize it. And, it has the same warm air dryer the others on the list have so you never need to reach down to dry off or clean yourself up. At the end of the day it’s a great purchase.
- Multi-wash functions with self-cleaning nozzle & oscillation: for her...
- Control with remote control.
- Adjustable water pressure (5 levels), water temperature (3 levels) & nozzle...
- Warm air dryer, adjustable to 5 levels, which eliminates the need for...
- Energy saving mode, Soft closing lid and seat, Easy to install
Wondering how clean you get from a bidet? Are they even sanitary? Read this article to get all the details!
Benefits of bidets for disabled and elderly
So, those four different bidet seat attachments are the best to buy for those with mobility problems, but let’s now talk about the benefits that you get when using one. If your loved one is showing signs that they are having trouble maintaining their hygiene then this is a perfect gift. Read on to see why that is.
Reduces the Risk of Falling
One of the biggest threats to the health and independence of the elderly is a fall at home. Their house needs to be retrofitted to make sure that these falls can be prevented.
In the bathroom, the first step should be to install a bidet toilet seat. Having to reach around to clean up after using the toilet can cause an imbalance and then slip and fall off of the toilet.
On a bidet seat or smart toilet, the person using it can sit safely and securely and never need to move around at all. Especially on the ones listed above as they have remote controls and air dryers so there is never a moment when they will find themselves off balance.
Increased Personal Hygiene
Bidets are more sanitary than using toilet paper so my opinion is that everybody should use one regardless of your ability or lack thereof. Toilet paper doesn’t do much to clean you up and water is the best thing for your hygiene.
Elderly and handicapped people have an extra challenge of cleaning up so it makes all the more sense to use a bidet. Even worse is the fact that infections are more likely to happen and this can be exacerbated by the lack of hygiene after using the toilet.
Easier on Delicate Skin
As we age our skin starts to lose its elasticity and smoothness. It is easy to bruise and to tear. It becomes more fragile and sensitive so wiping can actually be painful when using dry toilet paper. Lately, many elderly people are opting to use baby wipes, but this is terrible on your plumbing and not worth paying a plumber to fix.
The best solution is to use a bidet so the skin doesn’t get irritated or even torn.
When elderly and disabled people are less reliant then this helps them with a sense of independence. Needing help to go to the bathroom is often something that causes a lot of embarrassment. A bidet provides them with much needed privacy since they can handle everything themselves.
And when toilet time is not an issue this leads to an increase in happiness and self esteem.
There are a lot of different bidet types. Read the article on how to use a bidet to see which is best for you!
Let’s face it.
Getting older poses a lot of challenges and anything that can lead to an increase in independence and self esteem is worth it. If you are looking for a gift for a loved one with mobility issues then I can’t think of a more appropriate one than a bidet. You are giving the gift of health and a return to normalcy and that is worth a lot.
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