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Fit- Most UI products come in a variety of sizes, from the traditional sizes of small, medium, and large, to bariatric, and more. Unfortunately, there is not a total uniformity across the industry, which means that sizing varies across brands. So, while you might be a small in Depend, that could be a medium with Attends. Thus, paying attention to sizing charts is important. In addition, your body is not exactly like others. This means you may have wider hips, a more pronounced pubic bone, etc. and this can affect how well the products fit. Flexible waistbands, leg cuffs, and other features can help a product fit right, stay in place, and protect against leaks.
Skin protection- The skin can be very sensitive, and excessive moisture on the skin can lead to lesions, rashes, and more. Choosing products that quickly distribute fluid, and keep it away from the skin is very important. Otherwise, you will experience extreme discomfort.
Absorbency and protection from leaks- Because not all individuals have the same degree of urinary incontinence, not all products offer the same protection. In addition, you may need different absorbency for different activities. For example, a more absorbent product may be needed when you are physically active or sleeping, then you need during regular daytime use.
Odor control- An important part of discretion when wearing urinary incontinence products is odor control. No one wants to smell like urine. Look for products that offer odor lock and odor control technologies.
Comfort- Whether you are wearing products for the occasional leak, and intend to be able to change immediately, or need more protection for heavy to total incontinence, having something that is comfortable is a must.
For men: Prevail Boxers- They offer the look and feel of regular boxers with the absorbency of an incontinence product.
For women: Depend Silhouette underwear for women. They offer heavy absorbency with the look and feel of real underwear.
Overnight: Attends Overnight Breathable Briefs. They offer comfort, absorbency, and easy of use, as well as kin protection.
When in doubt, order a sample, for only $3.49 S&H or talk to a knowledgeable product specialist at 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 Central. The nice ladies can offer a lot more than the 18 year old stock boy at the local store, and can help you select the best products for your unique needs, and have them rushed to your home.
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visithttp://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.