Many people choose not to speak about incontinence - not with their healthcare providers or with their families - because it is never easy to talk about incontinence. Even though incontinence alone is not overly exhausting, its negative impact on quality of life is greatly magnified, and it often upsets family members of seniors. About 10% of the population is affected by incontinence, so it shouldn’t be surprising if you come to find out that your senior parent is experiencing continence issues.
Fortunately, there are options for those who face incontinence. Here are a few of our recommendations for helpful products that should make caring for a loved one a little easier:
Open Back Pants
Sometimes, incontinence issues can be caused by clothing that seniors cannot remove in time. Open back pants are extremely helpful for wheelchair users and enable easy toileting. When accidents occur, changing is incredibly easy because these pants slide on easily from a seated position. They are also perfect for those who use incontinence pads or other aids that need to be changed on a regular basis. Both women's and men's styles are available.
Adult Diapers, Underwear or Pads
These products draw fluids away from the skin and absorb moisture. There are different product options for different levels of incontinence. Fit is critical here; the pads must be comfortable and discreet without causing chafing or leakage. Click here to view our sister company, Healthwick’s Guide to Managing Incontinence. Healthwick offers a free sample program, so you can try before you buy.
Underpads are a great product for protecting furniture and bedding from unexpected bladder leaks. They are designed to cover mattresses in order to help absorb leakage, help reduce odors and help maintain dryness. Geri Fashions now carries disposable and washable underpads (from brands ReliaMed and MedPro.
Dealing with incontinence can be a touchy subject to address with someone. It’s important to remain objective at all times, and slowly approach the subject. Once you have the key few items in place, incontinence will be more manageable and less stressful for both you and your loved one.