By Audrey Quinn
Posting in Cities
As the U.S. population ages, the country is seeing a boost in bidet toilet sales. Bidets offer fall-prone older people an easier way to regularly wash their privates.
Angela Hamarich, a lawyer in New York City's Financial District, travels abroad regularly. One thing she hasn't gotten used to, she tells SmartPlanet, is the presence of bidet's in foreign bathrooms.
"They seem almost mythical to me," she tells SmartPlanet, "in a fancy way."
For three months she lived a Yokohama apartment outfitted with a bidet toilet, but she never felt compelled to use the bidet options, she says.
Bidets have long been a foreign notion to most Americans, an odd-seeming way of cleaning one's privates.
However, the New York Times reports that bidet toilets, which offer a warmed stream of water over the perineal area, are gaining popularity in the U.S. market.
"As people get older and frailer, it’s harder for them to do good personal hygiene, particularly if they have arthritis. They can’t maneuver around [to wipe or wash themselves effectively]."
Bidets eliminate the need to make these difficult motions, and may reduce an elderly person's chances of falling on hard slippery bathroom floors. They can also reduce falls by allowing a person to clean their lower body without getting in a shower.
Beside preventing falls, bidets can also help guard against infections. Urinary tract infections happen more regularly in post-menopausal women, and they're the most common reason older people have to visit hospitals. Urinary bacteria also plagues the elderly, and bidet use could reduce the need to take antibiotics that come with harmful side effects.
[via The New York Times]
Photo: Rick Bradley/Flickr
Mar 28, 2012
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I would like to recommend the new Bidet (Toilet Seat Attachment). It is Clean, Hygiene, Green and Comfortable. It???s much simple and easy to attached at your current toilet (I only spent 30 ~ 40 minutes). And, I would like to recommend Bidet4me Easy Bidet MB-2000 since it has water pressure control, temperature control, be able to select Nozzles (Male and Female) and Non-Electric. You should get it for yourself, family or friends. .
Another motivation to keep working on our flexibility another more economical solution is to us a stool designed for the shower
In addition to conveniently washing sensitive front and rear areas with warm water, there is also an air freshener that eliminates odor; a seat warmer, and a warm air blower. We've had one for 9 years, and it is wonderful. No more rubbing yourself raw with paper; use a gentle stream of warm water. The Japanese are WAY ahead in toilet technology, US mfgrs are just catching on. .
We have a bidet, separate to the toilet. Never seen a hybrid version as shown here. Best thing about bidets is that they reduce TP consumption to near zero, and in a post collapse situation, TP could become rather scarce!
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Yes, with bidets you don't use toilet paper, not only does that save you money it's also better for the ecology. But the BIGGEST benefit is sanitation, using a bidet is much more sanitary than using TP, and your privates get washed several times a day every time you use the restroom. I've been around the world over 15 times and have seen just how much they're in use. Never did figure out why it never caught on in the states...
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