Most of us have never heard of a toilet aide for bottom wiping. It’s one of those products that you don’t know why someone would need it until you need one and then your glad someone made it. Needing to use a toilet aide is not something most people want to talk about or even admit that they need. However in the coming years more and more people will hear about toilet aide’s and more and more people will need them.
The 2 main consumer groups who would need a toilet aide for wiping besides people who just had shoulder, hip or arm surgeries and those who become disabled after an accident are people with obesity and senior citizens. According to the U.S. census bureau and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation & Devolopment) right now in the U.S. there is over 50 Million, 15% of the population over the age of 65. By 2030 there will be over 70 Million seniors making up over 20% of the U.S. population and by 2050 close to 90 Million seniors in the U.S. The numbers for obesity are rising as well. Right now over 35% of the U.S. population is considered obese (OECD National Health Survey Analysis) by 2030 50% of our population will be clinically obese. Not to mention the 6.3 Million pregnancies each year in the U.S. and as the population increases so will the rate of pregnancies.
What all these statistics show is that in the very near future there will be millions and millions of new people each year who will find they have a problem wiping themselves properly.
Toilet Aide’s are nothing new, U.S. patents for wiping aide’s go back to the early 1900’s with hundreds of patent applications submitted. Yet no toilet aide product for wiping has made it big, not because they didn’t work albeit not that well but, they did work. The main problem as with most products is supply and demand. In the early 1900’s rates of obesity never went above 5% and it wasn’t until the 70’s that we went above 15% then just kept rising until we at over 35% today (1). Also in the early 1900’s seniors made up less than 5% of the population (2)(3). There simply just was not enough of a demand for toilet aide’s when most of the people could wipe with no problems.
With the current rates of obesity and an aging population, there is more of a demand for toilet aide’s for wiping and the demand is only going to go up from here. The only thing holding the toilet aide from being more wide spread is the taboo of talking about or admitting you or a loved one needs a toilet aid to ensure you or they are wiping properly in order to maintain good personal hygiene.
Hopefully with an aging and more mature population, we will finally be able to openly talk about wiping problems. Right now millions of people suffer in silence with this problem, if only the jokes and ridicule they are subject too were just as silent as their suffering.
Wipos wants to help the millions of people right now and the inevitable millions more people in the future, get the relieve and independence they need without feeling ashamed to ask for help. Whatever you veiws towards toilet aide’s are soon you a family member or loved one will need such an aide, that is unless you don’t mind having to wipe them. But what about the people who live alone, who will wipe them while keeping them independent. Toilet Aide’s are a product on the rise and one will we will become all too familiar with.
When the time comes for you or someone close to you finds they can no longer wipe themselves properly. You will have two choices, wipe them yourself or buy you or them a toilet aide. by: Wipos R&D Team Member
sources: (1) OECD analysis of national health survey data. (2) U.S. Census Bureau, decennial census of population, 1900 to 2000; 2010 Census Summary File 1. (3) U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Population Estimates and 2012 National Projections.