What can I say? Shit happens…literally. Bathroom woes are an all too common occurrence for a caregiver. I know this is not a topic that anybody really wants to address, but as caregivers, this is a constant battle for us. How do we get our loved ones to wipe their butts properly after they use the toilet, so that we don’t have to spend the next hour cleaning it off the walls, seat and just about every surface known to man.
In an effort to minimize the number of times that you enter the bathroom after your child or sibling and instantly have to yell or think “Oh Crap!” (literally), here’s 3 helpful products to help your loved one properly clean up after visiting the toilet.
1. Moist Wipes
There are many brands of moist wipes on the market with varying scents and textures…it all comes down to your personal preference. No matter your brand of choice, here are the pros and cons when using wipes to do your “dirty work”.
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- Easy to use.
- Our loved ones tend to like these.
- Not flushable…even if it says “flushable”…in the sense that there is still the chance of it causing problems for your septic system by not “breaking down” or degrading as much as you hoped it would. However, some persons will still take the chance and use them.
- If you can’t deal with the possibility of it blocking the sewerage system and then you end up having a moment where “shit gets real” and your money literally goes down the toilet, then you might opt to have your loved one use the wipe and then dispose of it in a bin (some people will get a diaper bin) or garbage bag and the bin then emptied or garbage bag disposed of on a regular basis. Gross…I know…but the decision is up to you…whatever works. Probably the bin/garbage bag is not such a bad idea, as our loved ones tend to overdo it when using toilet paper and wipes, which leads to the toilet being clogged…another chapter to this colourful book called “Bathroom Woes”.
This particular toilet aid (see photo) is called the Bottom Buddy Toilet Tissue Wiping Aid but there are others such as the Juvo Toilet Aid…it’s a matter of preference and what works for the individual.
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- Assists with grasping & reaching.
- Works with toilet paper & wipes.
- Not guaranteed to handle “heavy duty” issues.
- Not everyone finds it easy to manoeuvre.
- Will take some practice to master using it.
When I learnt of a bidet as an option, my first thought was “I can’t afford a bidet”. Then I learnt they now have portable ones…the ones you can attach to just about any toilet.
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- Ranges in price: you can be fancy & get an expensive electric bidet OR you can get an affordable, portable, mechanical one.
- Allows for both hot & cold water to be used.
- Can even be useful when your daughter or sister is menstruating and needs a little extra help to keep clean.
- Some persons may find the water pressure to be too much for there nether regions, so ensure that your loved one will be okay with the water going where it’s going at the pressure it’s going.
Keep It Clean
Personal hygiene is very important. Encourage your loved one to keep themselves fresh and clean, as this is important for when they are socialising with friends and loved ones…no one likes a stinky friend 🙂
When it some to bathroom woes, what do you do to help your loved one keep clean? Share with us some of your tips & tricks!