|Warning signs to look for that the care facility is|
mismanaging absorbent product uses.
- The wrong supplies are being used. Bigger is not always better. One size does not fit all. Better fit provides better coverage. There are different products for different incontinence needs. Pads, briefs, pull-ons, and more. What is the care facility doing to determine which products best suit the needs of the residents?
- Easy or unrestricted access to absorbent products. If the absorbent products are not monitored, tracked, and recorded, it may be easy for theft to occur, misuse, the wrong products being used on the wrong people, etc. If there is not some kind of system in place this is a warning of misuse.
- Inconsistent monthly usage. While daily usage can vary slightly, the month to month use of absorbent products should remain very consistent. If there are big changes that can’t be explained (illness or injury may change numbers), this is a sign of mismanagement. Question it.
- Other treatment options are not being explored. While managing incontinence with disposable products is one of the first lines of defense, the care facility should be seeking alternative options, and be looking for the underlying cause of the incontinence. A treatment plan should be put in place to treat the cause, and hopefully eliminate symptoms.
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