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    I have been watching those on Amazon and it appears easy to install.
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    A bidet toilet seat that replaces the toilet seat on your toilet may be an option. Some heat the water, which is good if you have sensation, and less likely to cause spasms if you have that problem with cold water. Some also have a blower that dries you with warm air. They can get pretty expensive, and unfortunately rarely covered by insurance.

    Just take a close look at the controls though to see if you can use them with your hand function, and if the controller would be easily damaged with your transfer technique or interfere with positioning for any assistive device used for transfers or seating on your toilet.

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    My Dad uses an elevated padded toilet seat that stands over his toilet. The Activeaid one.

    http://activeaid.com/products/raised.../model-101rts/

    Would one of those bidets be workable with this additional height above the attached toilet seat? Do the bidets have enough ?adjustability to modify the angle that the water is dispensed or would the Activeaid seat be in the way?

    And how.... messy could these bidet things get? How high pressure is the water? I have images in my mind of a dirty squirt gun... shooting across the bathroom....accidentally of course.

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    Thanks for all the input, folks. I mentioned I couldn't use the Squatty Potty due to space restraints... not storage space. I have been getting more accustomed to the transfers toilet-chair and vice versa and the leaning is slightly better. At this point a bigger concern is when I get the new chair and Ride cushion, not sure I can clear the side (even though we ordered it with lowest possible profile) as I won't have the leverage due to my legs being so short and sitting so high up on the toilet. At this point, the toilet seat is level with my chair seat height so I'm sort of just sliding over but I will need to clear that cushion when I get it. And all these years I thought being short was just cute

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    Quote Originally Posted by oncetherwasagirl View Post
    Thanks for all the input, folks. I mentioned I couldn't use the Squatty Potty due to space restraints... not storage space. I have been getting more accustomed to the transfers toilet-chair and vice versa and the leaning is slightly better. At this point a bigger concern is when I get the new chair and Ride cushion, not sure I can clear the side (even though we ordered it with lowest possible profile) as I won't have the leverage due to my legs being so short and sitting so high up on the toilet. At this point, the toilet seat is level with my chair seat height so I'm sort of just sliding over but I will need to clear that cushion when I get it. And all these years I thought being short was just cute
    If Ride cushion was prescribed by seating specialist, they can often trim a cushion. Don't know if they could do that for you - at the area where you need it lower to transfer. I have done this myself with various cushions, but one needs to use caution if SCI paralyzed. The gel cushion I currently use has flattened itself right where I need it flatter for toilet transfer - an area of about 3" x 3" at right front corner, has flattened from repeated sliding transfers at that spot.

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    My wife purchased the bio bidet for 299 dollars and installed it herself, simple handtools used. The one we have, has adjustable temps, angle and sprays. It has one setting for feminine and one anal wash. I used to go through a ton of paper, use very little now. It has the blower which dries well, The spray tends to stimulate bowel movements.
    I think it's a great product for everyone, sci or able bodied people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trekker6 View Post
    My wife purchased the bio bidet for 299 dollars and installed it herself, simple handtools used. The one we have, has adjustable temps, angle and sprays. It has one setting for feminine and one anal wash. I used to go through a ton of paper, use very little now. It has the blower which dries well, The spray tends to stimulate bowel movements.
    I think it's a great product for everyone, sci or able bodied people.
    Thanks for this. Extremely helpful. I never thought about using the water as a stimulant, but that's a fantastic idea and a blower too.... wow.

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    KLD brought up dexterity for operating the unit, on the bio bidet it's a flat plastic panel with pressure sensitive controls, so under water temp, you push the up arrow for hotter and arrow down for colder. no knobs to turn.

    She also brought up damaging the controls, they're on the right side so it may be better to slide on from the left side.
    I weigh around 198 lbs and although I don't do transfers when I sit down sometimes I can't control how fast I sit down and I hit the seat pretty hard, I knocked the seat loose once and had to reinstall it, so that may be an issue.
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    https://www.americanstandard-us.com/...edium=referral

    This is from American standard, it does everything our bio bidet can do.
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    I looked into the bidet seat system and considered it to be a wonderful option... however... the seat and lid are plastic. I transfer onto my toilet perpendicular from my chair as I have the world's tiniest bathroom and can only pull into the room in this position to the toilet. The plastic lid is an issue because I transfer onto the closed lidded toilet in order to then transfer onto my shower bench. I have found the plastic lids are too pliable and give too much when you sit on them. I currently have a wooden seat/lid which isn't great for pressure while toileting but I'm not on it long. My bowel movements are relatively quick, within 15 mins usually. (And yes, I do weight shift while on the toilet).

    After your post about the Bio Bidet, I went to their site and discovered they have a travel bidet bottle.... I bought one and it saved me soooo much grief!! So thanks for the link! I have been off the foley for a month now (back to intermittent cathing) but while I had the foley my biggest issue was being clean around the vaginal area. I always felt it was so hard to clean well without disturbing the catheter and this travel bidet helped tremendously. (I wasn't able to shower yet otherwise it wouldn't have been an issue). To use the travel bidet while on the toilet, I simply put one foot up on the seat pan of my chair and can access the entire vaginal area as well as the anal area. It would work from the side as well if needed since it provides a strong stream, however, I find that leaning on the toilet seat is causing it to put pressure on the screws that attach to the seat lid and because it is that pressed board material, the screws strip and the lid comes off, making the seat unstable on the bowl. Had to replace one already and I'm sure my manager won't be willing to buy new ones once a month!

    The travel bidet bottle is sort of hour-glass shape with a non-slip and very pliable body. It requires little pressure to squeeze and dispense whatever you put in it. I am not sure how quad-friendly it is, or for those with little dexterity but it can surely be squeezed quite easily with both palms, as it is that soft and pliable. I've also considered using it to rinse my hair!

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