As is typical of those in advanced years, my Mom’s personal hygiene was more and more difficult for her to keep up, particularly being hygienic after using the toilet.. Her arthritic hands and arms just made it difficult (and painful!) to perform activities that, in the past, were second nature. In fact, I took over most of her grooming including showers, washing hair, and, yes, helping her on and off the toilet.
Not to be too graphic, but, I found that toilet paper was way too irritating for her thin skin and, in fact, could actually give her a rash. I switched over to baby wipes which worked ok but clogged my septic system up something fierce. I wish I’d known about bidet attachments which would have let my Mom remain a little more independent in the bathroom arena as it’s a hands off experience, literally.
So, what are bidet toilet seats? Well, they’re very cool seats that have a water attachment. Instead of wiping one’s private bits with rough tissue (which seemed to tear at very inappropriate times….), a bidet toilet seat sprays water to clean the personal areas. These type of toilet seats may make the elderly retain a bit more of their dignity as even those most infirmed can push the button that starts the cleansing.
Some bidet toilet seats, like the Brondell S300-EW have heated seats. Also, most bidet toilet seats use only cold water (the same as the toilet uses. In fact, to install one of these special toilet seats, you just have to hook into the same water line that provides water to the toilet). Reviewers report that a cold splash of water not only is sufficient to clean the area but is refreshing too.
So, if you’re looking for a unique present for an elderly loved one, check out the below bidet toilet seats. The top row are the more expensive, more complete bidet systems; the second row are more affordable but have fewer bells and whistles.
Brondell Inc. S300-EW Swash 300 Elongated Advanced Bidet Toilet Seat, WhiteBio Bidet BB-600 Ultimate Advanced Bidet Toilet Seat, Elongated WhiteBio Bidet BB-i3000 Premium Dual Temperature Bidet Toilet Seat, WhiteLuxe Bidet MB110 Fresh Water Spray Non-Electric Mechanical Bidet Toilet Seat AttachmentLuxe Bidet Neo 320 (Elite Series) – Self Cleaning Dual Nozzle – Hot and Cold Water Non-Electric Mechanical Bidet Toilet Attachment w/ Strong Faucet Valves and Metal HosesPure Clean Fresh Water Spray Non-Electric Mechanical Bidet Toilet Seat Attachment