Real Estate editor Richard Mize of The Oklahoman attended OSHBA's Aging in Place training and wrote a column detailing his experiences after participating in the class:
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My inner fifth-grader can just go sit in the corner, because I've made peace with the bidet.
Until this week, seeing or reading or hearing about a bidet would automatically make me blush and stammer or, in some types of company (mainly other guys with assertive inner fifth-graders), send me into fits of snickers and smirks.
One extreme or the other: blushing or hitting bottom.
Oklahoman reporter Richard Mize maneuvers a wheelchair
during OSHBA's Aging in Place certification training class.
PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN/THE OKLAHOMAN
You don't know what you don't know or what you've never had to think about. This week, while studying principles of aging-in-place home remodeling, I thought of something that hadn't occurred to either my inner grade-schooler or 50-year-old, able-bodied me:
If you can't reach yourself, a bidet could be a blessing like no other a preserver of dignity.
As someone said: "Independent living means being able to go to the bathroom by yourself." Even an inner smart-aleck punk kid should get that.
I was taking classes offered for the National Association of Home Builders' Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation taught by Jack Werner, A to Z Inspections & Training, at (read the entire article at newsok.com)