Several months ago, I wrote about toilet bidets:
For older adults, a bidet toilet could mean the difference between independence and dependence upon help. Toilet bidets are easy to use, hygienic, gentle on the skin, and good for the environment.I later got an email from a reader. "Bill" has been caring for his 91-year-old father, who now lives in Bill's house after spending a month in a rehabilitation hospice after a fall. Bill said they'd just been visited by a nurse's aide who specializes in helping aged and handicapped people deal with bathroom issues. She said Bill's dad was suffering from hemorrhoids because he wasn't cleaning himself properly.
Bill told her he had been reading about toilet bidets, but she knew nothing about them. Her unfamiliarity reinforced my impression that most Americans know next to nothing about bidets.
When Bill talked with his father about installing a toilet bidet attachment, his dad wasn't comfortable at first with the idea of using his hand instead of toilet paper. Bill suggested that bidet cleaning would involve the same manual procedure his dad -- like everyone else --uses in the shower. His dad then raised some concerns about using cold water and drying off later.
The attachment I use is very simple and basic, but several basic types of bidets are available:
- freestanding for soaking or jet spray,
- attachable bidets that replace toilet seats on existing toilets,
- attachments to existing toilets and toilet seats, and
- portable bidets.
The Home Solution people agree with my choice, the attachable bidet, because "they don't take up more room in the bathroom, don't require transfer back and forth between toilet and bidet, and have features that provide independence."
If you decide to try an attachable bidet, check whether you have a rounded or elongated toilet and be sure the bidet you select will fit that toilet. The Blue Bidet that I bought was initially attached to a rounded toilet seat. But it is still worked when I replaced that toilet with one that had a higher, elongated seat.
There are many other feature choices, including:
- location of controls,
- size of controls,
- remote or attached controls,
- number of wands,
- air dryer no air dryer,
- heated seats, and
- wand self-cleaning features.
I'm happy with the dial control I have. I adjust it to give a higher pressure spray initially, then a lower pressure for the hand cleaning. (I sense that my kids will be giggling or cringing as they read these details.)
Some toilet bidets even offer dual nozzles that can provide feminine cleansing in addition to anal cleansing.
For me, simple and cheap won out. The cold water doesn't bother me. I have no compunctions about using a washcloth for drying, which strikes me as no different than using a towel after showering.