Choosing Adult Plastic Pants


Plastic Pants are one of the most effective incontinence products.
Adult plastic pants are one option for absorbent products for men and women who suffer from incontinence. Incontinence is a problem that is rarely spoken of but is affecting more and more people. Studies show that nearly 25 million Americans experience some level of incontinence. Often, bladder and bowel control are thought to be only a problem for women but studies show that while women make up the higher percentage of incontinence sufferers, there are a large number of men who must deal with this medical condition as well. Incontinence affects individuals with varying health status, age, and gender. 

Why We’re Excited that ‘Visitability’ Is Becoming the New Home Construction Standard

Visitability makes it easier to manage with limited mobility.

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

Read on to learn how “visitability” — specific accessibility features that make it easier for those who develop mobility impairment to visit or remain living in their own homes — is becoming the new standard and why it’s good news for us all.

Keeping Skin Around a Catheter Healthy

 
Tips for keeping the skin around the catheter healthy. 
If you have urinary incontinence, there may be a time when you need to use a catheter. Keeping the skin around a catheter healthy should be a top priority. Irritation, maceration or inflammation of the skin can be caused by prolonged exposure to urine or stool, or lack of catheter care is not only painful and uncomfortable, but can lead to infection. The following are some tips for how to keep the skin surrounding the catheter healthy:

Stroke Prognosis and Recovery

Read more about Stroke Prognosis and Recovery 
Stroke is a common ailment of the elderly. A stroke occurs when there is a blockage in the pathways leading to the brain. This can leave a patient severely disabled in a number of ways, including being incontinent.

The neurological pathways that control both bladder and bowel function can be seriously affected by a stroke. This can be permanent or temporary depending on the severity and the recovery rate of the patient. Studies indicate that the rate and amount of incontinence varies, but can be found to some degree in about 79% of stroke patients. This leaves caregivers with another serious condition to help their loved one manage as they recover from a stroke.

If One Pad is Good, Two is Better...WRONG!

Booster pads offer additional protection. 
At least once a week we get calls from customers who are wearing two pads inside their disposable pull-on, or are wearing two pair of disposable underwear at a time, or are wearing an incontinence pad inside their pull-on underwear. They are having leakage and want to know what to do.

State of the Art Age in Place Demonstration Center - Progress

In May, the Founders of The CareGiver Partnership began constructing an Age in Place demonstration center to focus attention on new building design that will allow baby boomer to remain in their homes much longer.

Here is a link to the original news release

These are pictures of the progress, about half way completed and showcases the zero-step entry, easy entry shower, wide doorways and hallways. 

Rear of home; zero-step out door porch to the right
Zero-step entry from back portico to sun room with 36" door to accommodate a wheelchair.

Extra wide hallways to accommodate a wheelchair

Toilet room - extra large with 36" door to accommodate a wheelchair.
Bracing will be added to the walls so that it is ADA certified and can easily be used by someone with a wheelchair.

Entry from the garage to the front hall will be easy and safe:  zero-step entry and 36" doorway

Zero-step from the garage to the front porch and a 36" doorway

The master shower will be zero-step once the flooring and tiling is completed.
Also note the wide entry that could accommodate a wheelchair. 

No-step entry from the Ante Room to the rear patio with a safe, non-skid surface and plenty of lighting


Further Reading



Information You Need to Know About Finding the Best Adult Diaper


Find out more about the use and selection
of incontinence products.
Incontinence is an often unspoken about problem that affects more and more people.
Studies indicate that nearly 25 million Americans deal with some form of incontinence and that number continues to rise. It is also important to realize that incontinence affects both genders, people of all ages and varying health status. The old stereotype of the incontinence sufferer being ill, elderly, and bedridden is not always true. This has led to the need for better information in the use and selection of incontinence products.

Adult Diaper Brands and Options

Different products help to manage different kinds of incontinence.
Those suffering from the medical condition of incontinence use adult diapers. Incontinence is a condition that causes loss of control in the bladder and/or bowel functions. However, it is important to know that there are many different kinds of incontinence that may need to be managed. Some of the most common kinds of incontinence are:

Common Causes of Incontinence in Women

A look at some of the most common causes of incontinence in women.
The common causes of incontinence in women are not all due to childbirth, despite popular belief. The following is a look at some of the most common causes of incontinence in women:

The CareGiver Partnership Launches New and Improved Incontinence Product Finder Tool


by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

Our new and improved online tool helps customers find the right incontinence products from more than 660 choices, saving time, money and frustration.

What to do when your incontinent *fill in the blank* (mom, dad, loved one, etc.) refuses to wear adult diapers

A few suggestions for how to get your loved one
to help manage their incontinence symptoms. 
If your loved one who is incontinent refuses to wear adult diapers, what can you do? Incontinence is a common medical condition, but that does not make it easy to accept when you are the one who has bladder control issues or bowel control problems. The following are a few suggestions for how to get your incontinent loved one to wear an absorbent product to help manage their symptoms.

Feeling Anger When Caregiving

A few things to consider if you are feeling anger.
It is important to understand as a caregiver that you will have good and bad days. There will be days when you feel great about what you are doing, and days when you feel anger and resentment. It is normal and it is okay to have these feelings. The important thing is to not let those feelings impact your actions. The following are a few things to consider if you are feeling anger when caregiving:

Dehydration Prevention, Reducing Liquids is Not the Answer to Incontinence

Drinking less can actually worsen urinary incontinence.
There are almost 25 million adult Americans who suffer from some degree of the medical condition incontinence. Urinary incontinence is quite frequent for both men and women. It stands to reason that if you have trouble with bladder control reducing liquids could help. This, however, is a fallacy. Drinking less water in order to avoid urinary incontinence can actually make incontinence worse, and to top it off, leads to dehydration.

Diabetes and Incontinence, What's the Connection?

Diabetes and Incontinence are connected.  
Diabetes and incontinence are connected, having diabetes increases the risk and severity of both fecal and urinary incontinence. Let’s take a look at why, and what the connection is exactly:

Diabetes greatly increases the risk for incontinence, but not all diabetics are incontinent, and not all incontinence is diabetes related. It is possible to have both without a connection. However, there are many ways diabetes is connected to incontinence.

Caregivers: What It Means to Provide Great Incontinence Care

It does not take a degree to provide great incontinence care.
Many caregivers are untrained family members trying to manage the needs of a senior with one or more chronic conditions, while also trying to balance a home life, a career, and the raising and care of their own children. It is not easy to be a caregiver, especially to someone with incontinence. However, it does not take a degree to provide great incontinence care.

Common Causes of Incontinence in Men

A look at some common causes for incontinence in men.
Almost 25 million adult Americans experience some level of incontinence. Incontinence in men is far more common then most men believe. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes for incontinence in men:

The CareGiver Partnership Earns STELLAService ‘Excellent’ Rating for Third Consecutive Year


by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

Independent e-commerce rating agency STELLAService has again awarded The CareGiver Partnership an “Excellent” rating for its customer service, with outstanding designations in four main areas.

Can't catch a break? How About a Tax Break on Incontinence Products.

With a little work, you can catch a break, even a tax break.
Aging comes with perks and drawbacks. Seniors often find themselves with more time and means to pursue their interests, but less energy and decreased health. For many seniors, aging seems like nothing but bad news, and unfortunately he National Health Interview Survey and CDC study back this up. 

Incontinence and Swimming- Best Products To use

SoSecure is a swim brief designed for incontinence.
Just because you are incontinent doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy normal activities. Especially swimming. Those who suffer from incontinence face a unique challenge when visiting pools, or trying to enjoy water. What are the best products to use for swimming if you have incontinence?

Wisdom to Know The Difference

Lynn Wilson, Founder
By Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership 

Wisdom to know the difference... a line from a famous prayer about serenity. I’ve been thinking about this word ‘wisdom’ lately as it relates to the growing population of boomers who are retiring. It is estimated this is happening at a rate of 10,000 or more per day.

This group of individuals will live longer than any other generation of retired people, be more active, and cling dearly to the idea of ‘aging in place’ versus going to assisted living centers, and nursing homes. They will also be subjected to a healthcare system that in all probability will be unlike any other they have known in their lifetime; a system that is complex, bureaucratic, and anti-customer service.

Top Rated Incontinence Products For Men

Top Rated Incontinence Products For Men.
Men are often a little shy about talking about and asking for help when it comes to choosing incontinence products. Despite the fact that nearly 200 million people worldwide suffer from incontinence, and it is not uncommon for men to experience incontinence, it is still something most men are hesitant to talk about. The following is a look at the types and options of incontinence products for men, and some of the top rated options within each category: 

Top Rated Male Guards for Incontinence

Depend Guards for Men.
One of the Top Rated Guards for Male Incontinence.
There are more than 25 million people in the US, and 200 Million world wide, who suffer from incontinence. Studies have indicated that as many as 50% of men report leakage due to SUI in the first few weeks following prostate surgery after removal of the catheter. 10-25% of patients will not achieve urinary continence 6 months after radical prostatectomy surgery. However, most will achieve incontinence by 18 months post-surgery. In the meantime, absorbent products can help with incontinence management. The trick is finding the right products for your needs. 

The CareGiver Partnership Recognizes Cataract Awareness Month with Tips for Living with Low Vision

Live safely with low vision

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

In recognition of Cataract Awareness Month, we’re focusing on four areas can help seniors live safely and independently while managing impaired vision.

Top Rated Incontinence Supplies

A look at some of the top rated incontinence supplies. 
According to Kimberly-Clarks consumer research the average consumer wastes over $130 the first time they buy incontinence supplies. This is due to the fact that there are hundreds of available products, and it can be challenging to sort through the brands, styles, sizes, and options to know what you need, and what is best for you. Once a package is opened, it can’t be returned, making mistakes costly.

Incontinence Underwear for Men


Many men in the US have incontinence.
200 million people worldwide suffer from bladder control. 77% of nursing home residents are affected by incontinence. About 75% of men who have had prostate surgery experience some incontinence following the surgery. The fact is, many men in the US have incontinence, and as a result, incontinence manufacturers have created several styles, sizes, and absorbencies specifically for men.

Incontinence Products to Try Before You Buy

Avoid wasting money. Try our Sample Service.
There are over 200 million people worldwide that suffer from incontinence, and it seems like there are just as many products available to manage it. It is really confusing to determine which product, brand, style, size or absorbency to purchase.

Incontinence Product Samples


Try samples before buying cases.
Consumers buying incontinence products the first time can easily be confused which product, brand, style, size or absorbency to purchase. According to Kimberly-Clarks consumer research the average consumer wastes over $130 the first time they buy incontinence products. They go into trial and error mode, buying something to see if it will work, and hoping for the best. However, once the package is opened, they can’t be returned, so mistakes can be costly.

Guards Are Pads for Men with Incontinence


Urinary Incontinence is often untreated in men. 
Over 200 million people worldwide suffer from incontinence. While women are often the ones with incontinence because of things like childbirth, men are not an exception to this ailment. UI is often untreated in men, as they are too embarrassed to bring it up with their healthcare professional. Just because a lot of people suffer from incontinence doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.

Heard of Over Active Bladder? What About Under Active Bladder?

Learn more about Symptoms and Causes of Under Active Bladder
Patients with an underactive bladder are unable to produce an effective voiding (emptying) contraction. This is sometimes referred to as voiding difficulty. The International Continence Society refers to the condition of detrusor under activity, defined as a contraction of reduced strength and/or duration, resulting in prolonged bladder emptying and/or failure to achieve complete bladder emptying within a usual time span. It is characterized by the loss of usual sensation of the bladder filling and failure of the detrusor muscle to contract as forcefully as it should, resulting in incomplete bladder emptying. This condition has also been referred to as a hypotonic or flaccid bladder or detrusor hypoactivity. The prevalence of underactive bladder remains unknown.

The CareGiver Partnership Supports Seniors With a Rollator Giveaway

Enter to win an aluminum Rollator by Medline!

by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

Next month one lucky entrant will win a Deluxe Aluminum Rollator from Medline as part of our “Helping You Get On With Life” monthly sweepstakes. Read on to learn why the Rollator is an independent-living essential and how you can enter to win.

How to Decide What Incontinence Products Are Best For You


Decide which incontinence products are best for you.
According to Kimberly-Clarks consumer research the average consumer wastes over $130 the first time they buy incontinence products. It is easy to get confused about products, brands, styles, and sizes, as well as absorbency. Once a package is opened, it can’t be returned, making mistakes expensive and frustrating. So with so many brands, such a wide variety of jargon and descriptive words, how can you decide what incontinence products are best for you?