INCONTINENCE LEARNING CENTER
7 FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS
Absorption: There are several types of levels of incontinence that can occur as a result of many factors in both men and women. Finding the right incontinence product depends on the level of absorption and coverage that you need for your circumstance. With light incontinence, a guard or incontinence pad may be sufficient, whereas for moderate or heavy incontinence, you may need protective underwear or a fitted brief. Most products highlight the level of absorbency but it may take trying the product to identify if it’s the right fit for your need.
Daily Use: Is the incontinence product being used during the day or over night? In some instances, people who need incontinence products may need a product with light absorbency in the day, when they can reach a bathroom, and a product with more absorbency over night, when they cannot.
Activity Level: Is the incontinence product being used by a person who is quite active or someone with limited mobility? If the incontinence product is being used by someone who is quite active, choosing something flexible and absorbent, while also being “low profile” or well fitted, maybe the optimal choice. If the product is being used by a person with limited mobility, easy removal for caregivers is a key feature.
Sizing: Sizing and placement of the right product is critical for people managing incontinence. Most incontinence products provide measurements so that users can accurately gauge the size of the product for fit and comfort. Many products now fit like traditional underwear, or fit beneath underwear for discreet protection.
Odor Control: There are incontinence products available with and without odor control.
Cost: Some incontinence products are more expensive than others. Rather than buying solely based on cost, it’s better to find the product that fits you the best and offers the best protection.
Additional Supplies: When managing incontinence, it’s important to consider more than just daily protection. Finding incontinence products that wick moisture away from the skin is the first step. Skin care is also critical for people managing incontinence, including wipes, cleansers (like perineal cleansers) and skin conditioners. When skin is consistently exposed to moisture, it becomes very delicate and needs to be cared for to avoid infection.
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