Incontinence care requires patience and gentle care. Even if the incontinence cannot be cured, it can be controlled
so that the person's quality of life can be improved. The emphasis should be on appropriate treatment rather than on palliative
measures such as using catheters, sheaths unless the physician orders it. Long term use of catheters can cause
A warning: some products make wide-ranging claims with little or no scientific backing. If youre in doubt
over the effectiveness of a product, consult with your doctor first.
Enable the patient to make an informed choice when selecting incontinence products is
important. Provide them several options. They're probably embarassed, talk to them in privacy.
Many people shy away from wearing protective undergarments because they dont want to wear a "diaper,"
or believe that the undergarment will be visible through their clothing. In fact, the diaper-style undergarment is only one
of a selection of possible under-garments. Care should be taken not to call these products "diapers" as this may
offend and embarass the person needing to wear them. Chose another name such as "protective wear".
Types of Products
Pull-ups undergarments pull on and off like regular underpants. They can handle
mild to moderate leakage.
Belted Garments provide protection to the front and back, and attach
by means of elastic belts. They allow a little more freedom of movement, but the belts can fit quite tightly. They are best
used for mild to moderate incontinence.
Adhesive Pads come in a variety of designs. Specially
designed male and female pads are available. The insert attaches to underwear with adhesive strips. Most pads handle mild
incontinence well, and some can absorb moderate leakage.
"Diaper" Style Undergarments
are designed for heavy incontinence, diaper style garments look like adult-sized diapers, a fact that puts many
wearers off. They are, however, the best choice for handling heavy incontinence.
Cloth or Disposable
Protective undergarments are available in cloth and disposable forms. Each type has its own advantages.
Disposables cost more over time, but can generally handle greater amounts of leakage than cloth. Cloth is generally
more comfortable, and reduces the chances of developing skin rashes. Laundry is, of course, an issue. Cloth undergarments
can absorb mild to moderate amounts of incontinence.
Whatever type of protective garment you choose, a correct fit is
essential to prevent leakage and maximize comfort. The undergarment should fit snugly, but not so tightly that it causes discomfort.
Too loose, and leaking will occur; too tight, and skin irritation is likely. If youre using adhesive pads, try to handle the
adhesive as little as possible: hand lotions and deodorants can impair the adhesives ability to stick to your underwear.
Clinical Practice Guideline: Urinary Incontinence - a tool to guide care decisions. This guideline is a starting place
that will guide the care team through a process of addressing urinary incontinence in the long term care facility resident.
$12.00 non members. Excerpts:
Incontinence: The Caregiver's Role - There are a number of reasons your loved one may be experiencing incontinence. Caregiver.com
Incontinence Tips - Incontinence is a symptom of other problems such as nerve disorders, loss of sensation and weakening
muscles. It can also occur due to medications or surgery and affects approximately 10-15% of seniors age 65 and over. There
are four different types of incontinence!
How Incontinence Affects The Skin - Exposure to urine and feces is one of the most common causes of skin breakdown and makes the skin more
susceptible to the following types of injuries:
Helping Residents Stay Dry - In this interview, Dr. Palmer shares her insights on what long-term care facilities can do to better
manage incontinence, how to determine the best toileting schedule, and more. |
Managing Incontinence - Medicare and other major insurances
will pay for most of these products in a limited monthly number. HMOs and managed care insurers do not routinely pay for these
products. Absorbent products found in drug stores are considered personal hygiene products and are not paid for by insurers.
NOTE: If your loved one is with Hospice, incontinence products are, typically, provided.
NAFC's purpose is to be the leading source for public education and advocacy
about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence.
Urinary incontinence - When left untreated, urinary incontinence can be debilitating and can lead to social isolation, psychological
distress, skin problems, and even premature admission to a nursing home.
Obtain assistive devices, like urinals, bedside commodes and toilet seat elevators, to improve
Avoid bladder irritants like caffeine (in chocolate, coffee, tea, colas), aspartame (Nutrasweet)
in diet foods and sodas and alcohol.
I'm not endorsing these, they've just been recommended by other families.
We used Depends
Today's Caregiver magazine recently recognized Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Depend refastenable underwear
with a 2003 Caregiver Friendly Award in the Product category.
Tena "Night Super" Pads hold a whopping 50 ounces and, for day use, Tena "Day Plus" holds an impressive 36.7 ounces.Available from several suppliers.
HDIS Home Delivery Incontinence Supply 1-800-269-4663 delivers incontinence products discreetly
to your door. Offers largest variety, secure on-line shopping, free catalog. They will send some free samples, or you
can buy sampler packs of most of their products. You can also buy smaller packages than the cases listed, to try them
Product is a company that is owned by a person who actually uses the products sold.