Nov 192007
 

One of my clients / roommates is disabled in such a way that he can’t use the toilet without assistance. With physical therapy he has gotten to the point where he can get on and off without trouble, but still needs help in cleaning. We petitioned his health insurance provider and my employers about getting him a bidet or similar device, but they decided that since I’m here to help him it’s not a “medical necessity”. Well, it’s a dignity necessity, so we looked into getting one ourselves. Unfortunately, all of the options from the traditional medical channels required replacing the entire toilet and added up to over $1,000 with the cost of the device and installation. Frustrated with the government funded medical bureaucracy, I stepped out of the traditional channels and looked to the market to provide a solution. Despite the doubts of everyone I work with the market did provide a solution: spaloo.
In addition to the heated seat (a luxury I seriously envy) Spaloo has two water nozzles and a dryer, completely negating the need for paper. This all combines to make it a pretty sweet seat, but for my roommate and I it’s a godsend. It only cost about $350 and I was able to install it myself because it attached directly to our existing toilet. It’s also easy enough that he was able to learn (and remember) how to use it with only a few attempts. The controller is attached directly to the side of the toilet and it’s a simple two button process: one to wash and another to dry. With his conditions as long as the Spaloo lasts three years (and it certainly seems durable enough) then he’ll actually end up saving money in the long run due to the savings in toilet paper. Come to think of it, this is not only perfect for seniors and the disabled, but every environmentalist should have one as well!

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