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Bidet Seat Recommendations for the Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities

We know that deciding on a bidet seat can feel overwhelming given the wide range of options. Below, we discuss a few features that are especially helpful to have on bidet seats that will be used by older individuals and those with disabilities, followed by two specific bidet seat recommendations. Continue reading to see the best bidet toilet seats for the elderly and disabled.

Bidet Seats with Wireless Remote Controls

There are many different bidet seat control options, but the two most common methods are side arm control panels and wireless remote controls. Side arm control panels are convenient, but because they're attached to the seat itself, they can be difficult for individuals with visual impairments, mobility limitations, or dexterity issues to operate. Because of this, we recommend that older or disabled users look for a bidet seat that comes with a wireless remote with large buttons. These tend to be easier to navigate, and the large button size reduces the chance that the wrong button will be pressed. Larger remotes with generous sized buttons are also well suited to being operated with feet should that be your operation method of choice.

Bidet Seats with an Aerated Wash

Another feature we recommend for elderly individuals, in particular, is the aerated wash feature. An aerated wash stream infuses air bubbles into the spray, making the wash more gentle and relaxing tender areas while protecting delicate skin.

Bidet Seats with a Warm Air Dryer

Mobility and dexterity difficulties can make using toilet paper a challenge, and shifting or standing so a helper can assist in wiping can be risky for those with balance issues. For these reasons, we recommend looking for a seat that comes with a warm air dryer, which virtually eliminates the need for toilet paper. As the name implies, warm air dryers direct a stream of air (which is often adjustable in temperature) towards the rectal and vaginal areas to dry you off after the bidet wash is finished. A secondary benefit to warm air dryers is that they provide a much gentler method of getting dry than toilet paper, which can be uncomfortable and abrasive on tender and delicate skin.

First Place Pick

Dignity Solutions Cascade 3000

Price: $899

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 Pros: 

  • Sittable lid supports up to 330 lbs (seat also supports up to 330 lbs)

  • Versatile design fits most one and two-piece toilets

  • High quality stainless steel nozzles 

  • Aerated wash stream
  • Adjustable water temperature, water pressure, seat temperature and nozzle position

  • Oscillating spray option

  • Instant water heating system provides unlimited warm wash water (there may be some subtle temperature variations)

  • Specially designed one button wash and dry -- only seat on the market offering a 1 minute wash followed by a 3 minute dry

  • Child mode (selection button located on the seat itself, not on remote)
  • Silver Nano Technology sterilizes the water used for washing and for rinsing the seat's nozzles after each use

  • Built-in deodorizer

  • LED Nightlight
  • Warm air dryer with adjustable temperature eliminates the need for wiping with toilet paper

  • Choose between a large remote (default option) or small remote

  • 4 year full warranty

  • Comes in Elongated and Round sizes

  • Available in white

 

Cons:

 

 You might choose this seat if: 

  • You want to be able to sit on the lid due to bathroom configuration, to complete personal hygiene tasks, to assist someone with bathing, and so forth

  • You have visual impairments, mobility limitations or dexterity issues and would benefit from a simple, large, panel style remote with raised buttons (this control panel can even be controlled by the feet if necessary)

  • Nozzle and seat hygiene is a top priority for you -- the Cascade 3000's interior tubing and nozzles are coated in a silver nano-solution that keep water sterile as it passes through the unit

  • The seat needs to fit on a round toilet seat or a toilet with a French curve design - the Cascade 3000 comes in both round and elongated seat sizes and will fit on many French curve toilets
  • You will likely rely on the one button wash and dry feature regularly -- the Cascade 3000's one button wash/dry option provides the longest cycle of any seat on the market for a comprehensive cleansing and drying experience. It's a great feature to have for getting clean quickly, or for users who feel overwhelmed by trying to select individual settings every time.

 

Why the Cascade 3000 is Our Top Pick

The Cascade 3000 provides a range of great features that leave you exceptionally clean, all while enhancing bathroom comfort and convenience. It offers two remote options, one of which is a large remote with raised, easy to navigate buttons that are especially helpful for anyone with vision impairments, dexterity limitations, or for users who plan to operate the remote with their feet. The one button wash and dry feature also simplifies the process of getting clean and is a great fit for those looking to minimize the amount of button-pressing required to achieve a thorough cleansing and drying. It's worth noting, however, that the Cascade 3000 does not offer an enema wash, whereas the Bio Bidet BB-1000 (our second place pick) does. In addition, the Cascade 3000 comes with a water flow rate of 0.185 gallons per minute, which is a little more than half the water flow rate of the BB-1000. This means that it may take a bit longer to get clean using the Cascade 3000 than the BB-1000. 

Design Features

The Cascade 3000's sleek design makes it one of the most versatile bidet seats on the market. It is designed to fit on most one and two-piece toilets, including many with a difficult-to-fit French curve design, and it's available in both round and elongated seat sizes. While most most bidets come with lids that cannot safely support the weight of an adult, the Cascade 3000 comes with a sittable lid that can safely support up to 330 lbs. This is an especially great feature to have for anyone who's accustomed to sitting on the toilet lid for activities like getting dressed, performing personal hygiene tasks, or helping someone bathe.

Wash & Dry Features

The Cascade 3000 features an instant water heater that generates unlimited warm wash water, an oscillating wash option that soothes tender areas and helps stimulate the bowels, and a built in warm air dryer that gets you dry without needing to wipe with toilet paper. For added convenience and ease of use, the Cascade 3000 comes with an auto wash mode that initiates a standard wash and dry cycle at the touch of a button, which is perfect for quick cleansing or for users who feel overwhelmed navigating the remote. It's worth noting that the Cascade 3000 offers the longest auto wash/dry of any seat on the market, making it the best choice for thorough cleansing and drying at the touch of a button. The built-in LED nightlight illuminates the toilet bowl to make nighttime restroom trips safer and easier, and the automatic deodorizer gets rid of offensive bathroom odors. 

Remote & Controls

The Cascade 3000 comes with two remote options, so users can choose what suits their needs best. The large remote features a simple, easy-to-navigate layout with raised buttons that are helpful for visually impaired users, those who have difficulty with fine motor tasks, or anyone planning to use their feet to operate the remote. A small remote with flat buttons and a display screen is also available. 

 

 

 Second Place Pick

Bio Bidet BB-1000 Supreme

Price: $499

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Pros:

  • More affordable price than the Cascade 3000

  • Straight-forward, easy to use, panel style remote with large buttons

  • Strong, high rate of of water flow (0.32 gallons per minute), which results in a faster, more effective cleanse

  • Aerated wash stream

  • Enema wash

  • Pulse wash option

  • Oscillating wash option

  • Warm air dryer

  • Built-in deodorizer

  • 3 year limited warranty - can upgrade to 6 year full warranty

  • Comes in Elongated and Round sizes

  • Available in white

Cons:

  • No one button auto wash & dry

  • No sittable lid

  • No LED nightlight

  • Plastic nozzles

  • Tank water heater provides limited warm water for washing

  • No nozzle sterilization

  • No child mode

You might choose this seat if:

  • You have difficulty pressing normal size buttons due to lack of dexterity

  • You experience incontinence as the seat's high water flow rate is great for achieving an efficient and thorough cleanse

  • You have frequent constipation and would benefit from the BB-1000's enema wash function, which sprays a firm stream of water into the rectum to loosen stool and stimulate bowel movements
  • You are looking for a more affordable option than the Cascade 3000

Why the Bio Bidet BB-1000 is our second place pick:

The BB-1000 may not have quite as many wash and dry options as the Cascade 3000, but it's still a great option for older users or individuals with disabilities thanks to its straightforward remote, which features a simple layout and large buttons, as well as its high water flow rate of 0.32 gallons per minute. This flow rate is nearly twice as fast as the Cascade 3000's flow rate of 0.185 gallons per minute, and it means the BB-1000 is able to provide a thorough cleanse in less time. As an added perk, this high quality seat comes in at a lower price point than other luxury seats, making it more affordable than many other options. The reason we've ranked it  behind the Cascade 3000 is that it features a tank water heater that provides limited warm water (versus unlimited warm water), plastic nozzles (versus higher quality stainless steel nozzles), and it doesn't have a sittable lid, nightlight, or one-button wash and dry.

Wash & Dry Features

In addition to providing excellent front and rear everyday cleansing, the BB-1000 is designed to take on more specific bathroom issues like incontinence and constipation. The BB-1000 comes equipped with Bio Bidet’s patented enema wash with Vortex Technology that is specifically designed to relieve constipation by directing a firm stream of water into the rectum to loosen hardened stool. Furthermore, the BB-1000 offers a soothing pulse wash function that quickly varies the pressure of the water stream to create a massaging sensation that helps stimulate bowel movements while relaxing tender tissue.

As mentioned above, the BB-1000 and Cascade 3000 have very different water flow rates; the Cascade 3000 has a water flow rate of 0.185 gallons per minute while the BB-1000's water flow rate is almost twice as strong, at 0.32 gallons per minute. The benefit of a stronger water flow rate is a faster, more effective cleanse, which can be particularly helpful when cleaning up after bowel or urinary incontinence.

Additionally, the Cascade 3000 comes with a high-quality stainless steel nozzle whereas the BB-1000's nozzle is made of plastic. When it comes to bidet seat nozzles, stainless steel is the more desirable material due to the ease with which it can be kept clean and sanitary.

Like the Cascade 3000, the BB-1000  comes with a warm air dryer, which is a particularly helpful function if you or your family member has a disability or medical condition that makes wiping painful or difficult. The BB-1000 comes with a quality warm air dryer with adjustable settings that dramatically reduces or even eliminates the need for toilet paper.

Remote and Controls

The BB-1000 is a great option for anyone with physical disabilities, balance and coordination difficulties, or dexterity issues due to its large, panel style remote. The remote also has large buttons and a layout that is very easy to understand, which makes choosing your options simple and less intimidating. In addition, the remote is wireless and can be mounted to the wall for convenience.

Other Suggested Products

Often, getting on and off the toilet seat can be a challenge for older individuals and those with certain disabilities. Fortunately, there are several products that can enhance independence by making these bathroom transitions both safer and easier.

Bidet Seat Safety Rail (add arms to your bidet seat to aid in sitting and getting up)

Carex bidet toilet seat elevator or riser

Bidet Seats with Arms

Customers often ask for a bidet seat with arms or a bidet toilet seat with safety rails. While there are currently no bidet seats with built-in safety rails or arms, this does not mean that users who want these features are completely out of luck. When looking for a bidet seat with rails, your best bet is to find the bidet seat you want to use and then buy the safety rails separately. When purchasing a safety rail to use with your bidet seat, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind.  Bidet toilet seats tend be taller near the toilet tank compared to traditional toilet seats.  For this reason, toilet safety rails that rest part of the rail on the space between the tank and the seat may not work with a bidet seat.  Toilet seat safety rails that have a built in seat riser may also cause problems with bidet seats due to spacing limitations.  If you're looking for a safety rail that will work with any bidet toilet seat, we can help! View our arms and grab rails selection for more details.

Bidet Toilet Seat Risers or Raised Bidet Toilet Seats

Along the same lines as toilet seat rails, we often get requests for bidet toilet seats with risers, also known as elevators.  A riser makes the toilet seat higher.  This is a great feature for those who have problems lowering themselves onto the toilet seat.  Currently, no bidet seats on the market have built in risers. This does not mean that riser can not be used with a bidet seat, but there are some things to be aware of. While many toilet seat risers will work with bidets, others aren't compatible due to space and hardware limitations. However, we currently stock a toilet seat riser recommended by bidet manufacturers that helps avoid some of these issues. View our toilet seat risers section for more information. 

For more information on products designed to assist the elderly and individuals with disabilities, we invite you to visit our Bathroom Assistance page.  Please note that we currently only have hardware that allows the Bio Bidet and Brondell bidet seats to operate in conjunction with toilet seat risers.

 

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