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Hi-Tech Bathrooms: Rethink Bidets

Hi-tech bidets have been common in Japan for decades but slow to catch on in the US. Many American’s find them odd, but if you stay at a five-star resort, what will you find in the bathroom? Most likely, it will have a separate toilet and a bidet. So let’s rethink bidets and realize they’re not just a luxury but have positive health benefits as well as being ecologically friendly.

Personal Dignity

First, we’ll get right down to basics. Being totally clean just feels good. But in a family situation with a senior or someone who is partially disabled, dealing with toileting becomes a major issue. However, this uncomfortable situation can be solved easily with a bidet. A person can sit comfortably and wash and dry their own nether-regions at the touch of a button. It’s one of the most fundamental gifts we can give a loved one – that of independence and maintaining personal dignity.

Health and Hygiene

Go beyond just basic comfort and hygiene, and there are other benefits to using a bidet. They’ve been shown to reduce urinary track infections, hemorrhoids, and also reduce exposure to other pesky bugs that plague us. Anyone who has struggled with any of these ailments knows how important it could be to avoid them in the first place.

Easy Installation

There are now a number of bidet seats you can install on top of your existing toilet. One we like (and have personally road-tested) is the Coco Bidet. With personalized controls, heated seats and straightforward installation on most toilets, it’s an easy luxury to afford.

It’s Green!

Lots of families have adapted to using wet wipes. Originally intended for babies, they’re now being used in homes and even hospitals as a quick go-to hygiene and cleaning method. However according to this source, they’re being overused and are wreaking environmental havoc worldwide. Using a bidet eliminates the need for toilet paper, which also saves resources and money. It really is the Green solution for getting a totally clean bottom.

Hi-tech Bathrooms of the Future

Surround showers that massage your entire body. Heated tile floors. Faucets preset with your favorite water temp that turn on and off like magic. A heated customizable toilet seat that washes and dries your bottom in seconds. All of these luxuries don’t have to be limited to a five-star hotel. You can make your home feel like the hotel of your dreams more easily than you think.

Rethink Bidets

The Most Popular Room at Home

When Lisa Cini of Mosaic Design Studio wanted to be able to recommend a bidet for her assisted living clients, she decided to buy and install one in her own home bathroom. She chose her upstairs master bath, as it was the one they used the most. One weekend, when they had a number of family and friends gathered for a barbeque, she noticed a funny thing. Everyone kept going upstairs to use the bathroom, instead of the closer one downstairs. It’s because they loved it! Everyone was going upstairs to experience the bidet!

Most of us regularly use technology to solve our needs. Just think of all that your ‘phone’ actually does, and how much you now use it! So using technology throughout our homes to make life better is really the natural evolution. Families with aging parents can make life easier in lots of ways, in every room of the house. Right down to one of our most basic needs – the toilet. Helping a loved one remain independent in such a basic way preserves their dignity and peace of mind. Could a bidet change your life? Maybe.

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Lisa Cini

Lisa M. Cini is the Founder, President and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio. A global commercial design, project management and procurement company, Mosaic’s mission is to "Improve Quality of Life By Design." Lisa is regarded as the leading Alzheimer's and long-term care design expert in the nation, and has been recognized for her contributions in the field. Lisa is most gratified by helping people who are struggling with Alzheimer’s, find ways to cope as individuals, as families, and as communities.

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