|As a caregiver for someone who is incontinent, understand|
what you can do for your loved one.
The number one way to provide both physical and emotional comfort for incontinent loved ones is to use absorbent products that provide maximum protection and comfort while preventing negative side effects and seeking treatment.
The following are things to look for in your incontinence products:
1. Rapid absorption: this will reduce skin irritation by quickly drawing urine away from the skin. This also reduces uncomfortable dampness.
2. The right type. There are incontinence products designed for every type of incontinence, from stress to urge, and everything in between. The products designed for your loved one’s condition, and that take into consideration the physical and mental state of the individual will increase comfort and reduce waste. Choose the right product for their needs, for example an absorbent pad is not going to do the job if the individual suffers total incontinence.
3. The right fit. Choosing a product that fits right will reduce leaks, reduce irritation, and have fewer emotional and physical consequences. 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 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. Learn more or call 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 CST to order.
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1. Change absorbent products frequently. The less dampness, the less skin irritation. If you are caring for a physically or mentally disabled loved one, or a bed-ridden individual, regular checking and changing is important.
2. Protect furniture and bedding. Things like leaks, waking to a damp mattress are both time-consuming and have emotional and physical consequences. Protect your loved one and their bedding with absorbent bed liners and pads. This will reduce dampness, result in fewer disturbances to their sleep, less laundry for you, less odor in the room, and a happier individual.
3. Seek treatment. Don’t just focus on management, but also on treatment. Consult with a medical professional familiar with incontinence, and determine the cause, and what treatment options are available.
4. Communicate. Having an open dialogue is important for caregivers with their incontinent loved ones. It is not an easy subject to discuss, but keep the conversation going can help you pinpoint triggers, problem areas, and things that can be done to lessen the physical and emotional impact of the condition.
5. Keep them socializing. Often incontinent individuals will withdraw socially due to embarrassment. Do not let this occur. Instead, help your loved one find low profile product options, leak protection, and odor protection so that they can socialize with confidence.
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