The New Old Age: Begin the BidetBy Span, Paula; New York Times,
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Article discusses the benefits of bidet toilets for older adults. A bidet toilet is described as being different from a traditional freestanding bidet, which could pose problems for older users trying to position themselves on one. A bidet toilet has a wand under the seat that moves into position and sprays warmed water over the perineal area; some also come equipped with warm-air dryers. Bidet toilet seats can also be installed atop existing toilets. Bidet toilets are presented as an easier option for older people, some of whom have arthritis, as they are often unable to move around to wipe or wash themselves effectively after toileting. Other benefits these appliances can provide include a reduced risk of falling and possible prevention of urinary tract infections. A high-end toilet bidet model described is the Kohler Numi, with extra features including a motion activated lid, a heated seat that rises and lowers, warmed air circulated at feet level, ambient lighting, and music provided via built-in speakers.
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Link to text: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/begin-the-bidet/