Using bidet toilets or seats for older people (NYT)

The New York Times has a blog called “New Old Age.”  In a recent blog
post, the author mentions the use of bidet toilets “as a safer and more
effective way for the elderly to clean themselves.”

The author notes that the idea is to use a “bidet toilet” rather than a
free-standing bidet.  Here’s the description:
“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. More practically,
for those not interested in major plumbing investments, bidet
seats can be installed atop existing toilets.”

A variety of possible benefits are mentioned.  The author notes that
nothing has been proven.

Here’s a link to the blog post:

Begin the Bidet
New York Times
By Paula Span
March 27, 2012, 3:32 pm