Water temperature is an important consideration. Two issues clash and make the situation confusing: hot water may scald and lukewarm water may breed bacteria. 131 degree water (fahrenheit) is considered scalding and anything below 140 degrees may breed legionnaire’s disease. The best solution is to set the water heater at 140 degrees and use one or more tempering valves to drop the hot water temperature from the heater as it travels into the house to 130 degrees. This works unless your dishwasher has no booster heater. Dishwashers require water between 134.6 degrees and 140 degrees to ensure that bacteria are killed and your dishes are disinfected. If your dishwater has a booster heater then a single tempering valve serving the whole house may do the job. Do not consider setting the temperature above 140 degrees because that can cause excessive lime and scale accumulation and bacteria again becomes a problem.
Walk in tubs are another innovation that can make caregiving much easier. These tubs allow you to walk directly into them and then sit down. There is a waterproof door on the side where you can enter at floor level. Once inside, the tub is filled and you can comfortably soak.
In the U.S. the average life expectancy of a woman has grown to 80 years and a man to 75. People are living longer 토토핫 and that is both a source of joy and frustration. We all naturally do not want to lose our loved ones but time is not kind to our bodies.
Often, as we age we become weak and infirm or our minds wander off in dementia. By the time most of us reach middle age we have seen the effects of aging on someone close to us and have had to make difficult choices. Should we care for our loved one at home or should we turn that responsibility over to a permanent care facility?
Home care may seem daunting. When someone has trouble getting around and needs a strong arm or a walker to find their way, how can you make your home more livable for you and your loved one? Since the ADA law came into effect in July of 1990, comfort height water closets (toilets) with grab rails, barrier free showers with handheld shower heads and fold up seats, walk in tubs, and hands-free faucets have been created to help those who have trouble helping themselves. Knowing about your options in the world of plumbing fixtures might help you make your decision about home care versus a care facility.
A comfort height toilet that is 18″ high instead of the standard 14″ to 16″ height of a normal toilet, can make a big difference. The more our bodies weaken the less we are able to bend and for this reason the higher water closet helps make our more frequent bathroom trips less painful for us and stressful for the caregiver. Grab rails are placed around the toilet in such a way as to make the entire experience safe and as painless as possible. Properly spaced grab bars help to provide the best leverage for sitting down and rising from the fixture.
Continence generally becomes a problem with advanced age. Bidets, a stand-alone plumbing fixture, are commonly found in most parts of the world but are rare in the United States. Bidet fixtures are used after using the toilet; they conveniently provide warm water from below the toilet seat to clean up. (You can learn more about bidets by referring to my article here.) Adding a new fixture to your bathroom can be an expensive proposition but there is no need to install a separate bidet. You can have this important cleanliness feature added to your existing comfort height toilet by having the Toto Washlet installed. This toilet seat provides the features of a stand alone bidet without the expense of jackhammering up your bathroom to install new plumbing.