|Take advantage of these resources for incontinence help.|
One of the very best resources for an incontinent individual is his or her doctor. Most men and women wait several years before discussing their bladder or bowel control problems with their doctor. This is unfortunate as a physician can not only help with treatment, but recommend supplies, help an individual understand the severity of his or her incontinence, and how to manage it. Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor:
- What is the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- What possible causes are there?
- What tests do I need and will they require special preparation?
- Is my incontinence temporary or permanent?
- What treatments do you recommend?
- Are there any alternatives to the treatment options mentioned?
- How does this impact my other health conditions, and what is the best way to manage all of these conditions?
- Do I have any dietary restrictions?
- Do I need a specialist?
- What information can you provide me in written form, websites, social media support groups, that could be helpful?
- Will my insurance cover this? What is the cost?
Talk to a product specialist. While a physician can be helpful in getting a treatment plan together, a product specialist can help with the day-to-day management of incontinence. The CareGiver Partnership was recently named a Top 10 family caregiver resource along with AARP, and two independent parties referred to The CareGiver Partnership as the Zappo's of the home health care business. They offer a dedicated team of product specialists you can call at 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 CST. This is an all-female team who have each been a caregiver to a loved one, and dealt with incontinence. Since this is their only business, they know incontinence products inside and out, and want to help you get the right absorbent products and other supplies to make managing this condition easier.
There are a number of blogs and communities that can help you learn what you need to about incontinence. For example, did you know your incontinence supplies could be tax deductible? Learn more at http://blog.caregiverpartnership.com/2011/05/are-incontinence-supplies-tax.html
Other online resources
According to Kimberly-Clarks consumer research the average consumer wastes over $130 the first time they buy incontinence products. This is due to trial and error. The incontinence world has not standardized its descriptions or products, and it is easy to get confused with brands, styles, absorbency, and sizes. Once a package is opened, it can’t be returned, making mistakes costly. In order to avoid making this costly mistake, try samples before buying cases. Samples can be purchased in sets of 4 for just $3.49. Call 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 CST.
Use these great links:
1. Explanation of product types: pull-ons, adjustable underwear, briefs, undergarments and more.
2. Incontinence Product Finder: Helping you to quickly and easily sort though nearly 500 choices.
3. Samples: Allows you to try before you buy, you can choose from more than 100 samples.
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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.