Kotari Yuji, a Level 5 Patient of the Long-Term Care Insurance in Japan
Curaco Carebidet (Automatic Toileting Aid System, distributed by WITH Inc.) has come to my house. That is a device with a specially designed diaper cup to flush urine and feces for bedridden patients, collecting waste into the main body unit. Not only flushing, has it automatic functions such as something like bidet, cleaning the dirty bottom with fresh water reserved in the main body and even warm air-dry.
As a matter of fact, I encountered a similar product from another company about two years ago which was also hailed as a new product, however, Curaco looks slimmer about a half in size, as small as a portable urinal. Thanks to the deodorizing filter with activated carbon, bad smell disappears while the device is running.
I am told that Curaco was invented from personal experiences of the founder whose father was a bedridden and thus the family had a lot of trouble in changing paper diapers, trying to figure out how to prevent or reduce diaper leakage and skin rashes.
After using it myself for a night, I thought, instead of using dirty paper diapers, it might be a great solution for personal hygiene as the device keeps the body clean and fresh all the time. You can rent it out as Curaco is registered in the Long-Term Care Insurance. I believe this is the very solution to ease the burden of changing diapers throughout the night and prevent bedsores as well.
Let me get back to you after spending some more time with this high-tech gizmo.
(Kotari Yuji: Columnist, freelance writer for newspapers and websites, in his 60’s, bedridden from the fall of 2011 due to subarachnoid hemorrhage, level 5 patient of the long-term care insurance)
Link to article: https://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S13236191.html