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Best Bidet Seats for Elder Care Assistance

We know that providing safe, effective and respectful bathroom care is an important priority for the facilities, families and caretakers that assist elderly individuals with tasks of daily living. However, this is often easier said than done. Bidet seats offer a solution! They provide gentle and thorough cleansing and drying at the touch of a few buttons which improves health and hygiene while also enhancing comfort, safety, privacy and independence in the bathroom. More specifically, the washing provided by a bidet seat is more comfortable, gentle and thorough than wiping with toilet paper, which protects delicate skin, reduces UTI risks, and decreases the uncomfortable itching and rash that can occur with incomplete wiping. In addition, the warm water washing, warm air drying, and wireless remotes offered by many bidet seats allow older users to get clean without much assistance, thereby protecting personal privacy and promoting bathroom independence. 

Below we answer some of the questions we're often asked by facilities, as well as our recommended seats for elder care. If you have any questions, simply ask!

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Common FAQs from Facilities

Are bidet seats sanitary?

Bidet seats are significantly more sanitary than wiping with toilet paper. When the bidet is not washing, its wash wand and nozzles remain in an enclosed area in the back of the seat, thus keeping waste and urine from landing on them. Before starting the wash and dry cycle, the bidet seat automatically initiates a self cleaning process that runs water through and all over the nozzle while the nozzle is housed in the back of the seat. After this initial self cleaning process is finished, the nozzle extends and starts the washing process, shooting water up at an angle that prevents dirty water from hitting the nozzle on its way back down. When the wash cycle is over, the nozzle retracts back into the rear of the seat and re-runs the self cleaning process. Some bidet seats take the self-cleaning nozzle to the next level by offering nozzle sterilization technology, which provides an added layer of protection against any dirt or bacteria that might find its way onto the unit.

Can the maintenance team at our facility install a bidet seat easily?

Installing a bidet seat is straightforward and tends to take around 15 to 30 minutes from start to finish. The main steps include installing a T connector into the toilet's water supply and securing the seat on the toilet!

What happens if someone stands up before the wash stops?

Most electric bidet seats, including those recommended below, have a built-in seat sensor that only allows the unit to run when someone is sitting on it. Similarly, if someone were to stand up mid-wash, the seat sensor would detect the change and stop the wash cycle. 

What about residents that experience incontinence?

The bidet seats recommended below highlight several seats that feature a high water flow rate, which is ideal for helping individuals get clean after an accident. 

Is the remote simple to use?

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The seats recommended below offer a wide range of features that are designed to enhance both comfort and convenience. That said, all the options available -- from water temperature to nozzle position, water pressure and more -- can seem daunting to a first time bidet user. Fortunately, the seats listed below all save whatever wash settings were used last. Once a resident finds the perfect water temperature, pressure, etc., all he or she needs to do in the future is press the wash button, and the seat takes care of the rest. These seats also offer an auto-wash feature that initiates a standard wash and dry cycle at the touch of a single button.

Can bidet seats help alleviate constipation?

Some bidet seats are designed to address constipation more than others  For example, the BB-2000 (one of our picks below) helps relieve constipation in a variety of ways. You can find more about this in the "Bidet Seat Recommendation for Facilities" section below.

Do bidet seats require a hot water connection?

These seats do not need a hot water connection as they heat the water in the seat itself. Simply connect the included T connector to the water inlet line that leads to the toilet, run the offshoot to the bidet seat, and you're set!

What if we have residents that can't operate the remote on their own?

Because these seats have wireless remotes, having a staff member run the wash is totally doable.  We have seen bathroom setups where a shower curtain is installed to give the resident privacy, while the staff member, who is standing on the other side of the curtain, operates the remote. This allows residents who can't run the wash on their own to improve hygiene while maintaining personal privacy.

Do bidet seats require electricity?

Electricity is required in order for our recommended bidet seats to heat the water and operate the various settings. These seats have a max pull of 13 amps, and require a standard, three prong GFCI outlet.

How easy is it for visually impaired individuals to operate these bidet seats?

Our top two bidet seat recommendations (see more details below) offer remotes with raised rubber buttons, allowing them to be operated by feel if needed. Once the water temperature and other settings have been programmed to a user's liking, the buttons that need to be used can be painted or marked in ways that make them more visible.  As an example, you could mark the auto button with bright red and tell the resident; "just press the red button and wait for both the wash and dry to finish".

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 

  • 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

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

  • 4 year full warranty

  • Comes in Elongated and Round sizes

  • Available in white

 

Cons:

  • Premium price (contact us for better pricing)

  • Nozzles cannot be replaced at home

  • No pulse spray option

  • No enema function 

  • Lower water flow rate than the Bio Bidet BB-2000 (below) - 0.185 gallons per minute

  • No warranty upgrade options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might choose this seat if: 

  • You need to sit on the lid due to bathroom configuration, to complete personal hygiene tasks, or for any other reason

  • You would benefit from a larger remote with raised buttons due to visual or physical disabilities

  • 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

 

Why This is Our Top Pick

Dignity Solutions designed the Cascade 3000 to specifically address the needs of elderly individuals and anyone with physical mobility limitations. It provides a range of great features that increase comfort and convenience, all while enhancing bathroom independence and dignity.

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 increase wash coverage, 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: a large remote with easy-to-navigate, raised buttons that are helpful for visually impaired users or those who have difficulty with fine motor tasks, or a small remote with flat buttons and a display screen.  

 

Second Place Pick

Bio Bidet BB-2000

Price: $699

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Pros: 

  • Mid range price point

  • Seat supports up to 400 lbs

  • Enema Wash

  • Higher rate of water flow - 0.32 gallons per minute

  • High quality, easy-to-replace stainless steel nozzles

  • Adjustable water temperature, water pressure, seat temperature and nozzle position

  • Pulse (massage) spray option

  • Oscillating spray option

  • Hybrid water heater provides unlimited, consistent temperature warm water

  • One button wash and dry

  • Child mode

  • Built-in deodorizer

  • LED Nightlight

  • Warm air dryer with adjustable temperature 

  • Three remote color options: white, black or beige
  • 3 year full warranty - can upgrade to a 6 year full warranty

  • Available in white or beige

Cons: 

  • Cannot sit on lid

  • No water sterilization system

  • Only one remote style/size available

  • Shorter one button wash than the Cascade 3000

  • Not available in round seat sizes (elongated only) 

You may choose this seat if:

  • You're looking for luxury bidet features without paying premium prices

  • You have incontinence issues or would otherwise benefit from a higher water flow rate that ensures faster cleansing

  • You need a seat that is specifically designed to help alleviate constipation - the BB-2000's enema wash function is intended to help loosen stool and stimulate the bowels
  • You are looking for a seat with a pulsating spray option that quickly varies the water pressure for a soothing massage sensation

  • You want to be able to change the unit's nozzles out themselves should they become clogged or corroded versus sending the seat to Bio Bidet for servicing

  • You need a beige seat and/or want options for the remote color

Why This is Our Second Place Pick

The BB-2000 offers many great features that are well suited to the needs of older users and anyone requiring extra assistance in the bathroom. These features make it the perfect tool for any facility looking to give their residents the very best care. 

Wash & Dry Features

Unlike the many bidet seats on the market that provide limited warm wash water, and/or inconsistent water temperature, the Bio Bidet BB-2000 uses an advanced, hybrid water heater to generate unlimited, consistent warm water. With a water flow rate of 0.32 gallons per minute, the BB-2000 offers a higher water flow than the standard 0.1-0.18 gallons per minute found on most bidet seats, making it easy to get clean after an accident. In addition, the BB-2000 offers several features designed to stimulate the bowels and provide relief from constipation. Research shows that cold toilet seats cause people to tense up after sitting down.  Though this may be a minor problem for younger folks, for older individuals it might mean the difference between having a good bowel movement and not having one at all. The BB-2000 solves this by offering a heated seat that can be precisely configured according to personal preference. The BB-2000 also encourages healthy bowel movements via its gentle pulse (massage) wash and oscillating wash options, as well as its powerful enema wash feature. This high performing seat also allows users to save their favorite settings for easy, personalized operation at the touch of a button. Once the wash is competed, follow it up with a heated dry from the seat's warm air dryer, or simply dab dry with a sheet or two of toilet paper. 

Remote & Controls

The BB-2000 comes with an intuitive wireless remote that can be placed inside of a wall mount, or slid out of the mount to be hand held for convenience. This remote is designed with easy to use icon buttons and a large screen display for choosing your desired options. Though the remote only comes in one size, it is available in three color choices: white, beige or black.

 

 

Other Items to Consider

In-line Iodine Water Filters

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These water filters are designed to be installed between the seat and the water line leading to the seat and release trace amounts of iodine into the water to sterilize it. Should you decide to use these, they will need to be changed out every 6 months.

 

Risers and Rails

While there are many risers and rails on the market today, only a select few will work well with bidet seats.  If you already have risers and rails in your facility, contact us with the make and model to see if they are compatible with bidet seats. If they are, great! If not, we've still got you covered! Click here to see our selection of bidet compatible risers and rails.

 

More Questions?  Reach out to our expert in assisted care and bidet seats: Samuel.Johnson@manybidets.com

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