How do Obese, Handicapped People Who Can’t Reach their Bums Wipe?
Answering a call of nature and being able to clean up afterwards always felt so easy and relieving for me until I started working at a hospice. Here, I learnt that not everybody cleans up after defecation let alone doing it with ease. It is usually a nightmare for most obese, sickly and elderly people who are not able to reach their butts. They are also too embarrassed when you offer to help them do it.
Thanks to innovation, tools that aid in cleaning up for such people for example the bottom buddy are in the market. These tools are able to reach where the victim cannot. The Bottom Buddy which gives people their independence and dignity back.
Features of this bum wiping aid buddy
- Stronger, re-engineered handle – It has a special curved handle that comfortably fits in the hand. It is long enough at 11 inches and can therefore reach the behind so well.
- Exclusive release button – this is for releasing the used tissue or wipes after you are done.
- Use with any tissue or wipe
- Light weight making it very portable.
- Storage bag – this makes it easier to travel discreetly with the toilet aid.
How to Use the bottom buddy toilet tissue aid
This toilet aid has a soft, flexible head with 3 petals like sections that can easily pull back to allow you insert toilet paper or wet wipes. They are capable of securely holding the wiping material. Once inserted, the tissue or wipes will completely cover the head. You can now use the handle to reach your butt area and wipe. For better results, you can first pass the wiping material in front back direction once to remove bulk of the dirt. Press the release button and reload the bottom buddy. Now wipe again using fewer sheets until satisfactorily clean. When done, press the button behind the handle. It will engage a rod that pushes out the soiled tissue. That’s how easy to use this rod is!
Pros of the bottom Buddy
- As its name suggests, it is a true buddy to the butt. This is because it is long enough to reach the butt area. Its length also helps in avoiding any unhygienic messes such as touching poo.
- It helps prevent the irritation that is caused by an improperly wiped butt since it guarantees complete cleanliness.
- It can be used by people with all sorts of disabilities including spinal injuries, post operation people and arthritis. Heavily pregnant women can also use this tool when they cannot reach their butt.
- The bottom buddy can be used to wipe front, back and sideways.
Cons of this toilet aid tool
- For people with severe arthritis severe arthritis, this toilet aid may be inefficient as it requires the press of a button which may cause tremendous pain to the user.
- Some people who have used it say that the release button is weak and easily falls off rendering the tool useless.
- Another issue that has been raised by users is that it does not release tissue as it is meant to. Such situations eventually turn gross.
It is no doubt that the bottom buddy is a good and worthy investment. It only needs a little tweaking to address the issues that have been raised by its users.
My grandfather has Parkinson’s disease and during this year’s Valentine’s Day, I want to surprise him with gifts that he will live to remember. So over the past few weeks, I have been scouring both online and offline stores looking for gifts for Parkinson’s that befit this man whom am named after. But why you may wonder. You see this is a man whom I today credit for my character, mannerisms, education and all. Were it not for Parkinson’s, maybe we would be co-working with him on this blog. He is that guy who really knows how to inspire one and motivate them till they scale to where they would want to be. He is a cool guy who will walk with you throughout your challenges, help you become a man and still steer you to greatness when you think you have seen and tested it all. So here are the gift ideas that I have scoured:
Of late the PD tremors are really driving him nuts and I think it is high time I got him the liftware level spoon by Google to stabilize the tremors. From my research what the spoon does is that it counteracts the tremors such that the patient is still able to eat comfortably despite how trembling their hands might be doing.
My grandfather as I mentioned earlier is a writer worth his salt and has penned many eBooks under his pen name. Right now, unfortunately, he is not able to do so because of the hand tremors. It is pitiful seeing him in that state because as I creative, I know so well how one who writes how bad it is when a health complication forces you to stay without writing. I really makes you feel awful.
So what I will do is that I will also get him a weighted pen for writing and will then see what effect it will have on stabilizing his handwriting on paper.
One of the research papers that went through said that weighted garments can really have positive effect on anxiety what the weighted blankets and compression vest do is, that they somehow exert pressure on the patient’s body such that they feel as though they are getting a tight hug. This stabilizes their movements and make them less anxious so this is what I am going to do, since the weighted blankets are rather too expensive for me to afford at this time, I will have to do with a weighted compression vest .I have seen one by fun and function which is reputable company as far as this type of garments is concerned.
When people hit a certain age, they become demented. Dementia has been said to be a condition where someone’s memory as well as brain capacity seems to go down. It usually comes with age as well as other health conditions. Different types of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease which affects people from the age of 60 and above. Another popular type of dementia is vascular dementia that mostly affects people with stroke
Common symptoms of dementia
- Memory loss
- Communication problems
- Poor judgements and reasoning
- Poor vision
- Inability to maintain focus
It is common to find people who are demented not being able to remember their keys and look for them for long hours yet they are holding them with their hands. They also have slurred speech where you might not be able to make out what they are saying.
Seeing things from a far is also a problem. They might also come out as rude, aggressive and easily irritated yet this is not something they can control. Demented people might even run away from home complaining that you are being bad to them or they have just hated you for no reason. When you see such things happening, do not hate them but handle them with care since they are going through a difficult patch in their lives.
So how do you take care of demented people?
- Comfort in the bedroom
Make sure that the person has comfort especially in their bedroom. Though you should not do everything as per their wishes, try to reason with them no matter how difficult this might turn out to be.
- Respect and understanding
Despite how hard and how rude they might be, try to respect them and show them that you understand what they are going through. Once they see you as an understanding person who appreciates them and handles them with care and caution, they will also react by being better or trying to understand you too.
- Prevent wandering
Wandering of demented people might lead to them losing their way or running away from home. You should work hard to see that they do not do so. This especially happens when they wake up from their beds as they seek to go out to the toilet or elsewhere. What you need to do is get the best bed exit alarms for demented people that will be alerting you when they make a move.
Installation of bed rails also helps as highlighted in this post http://hosiped.com/safety-bed-rails-for-seniors/. However, you need to make sure that the rails are not going to cause bed entrapment which has been said to be a major cause of deaths as well as injuries in hospital beds by the FDA.