Incontinence Basics and Care

Determining the type of incontinence can help you determine what type of care your loved one needs because it will allow you to choose the right products.

Maintaining dignity is the most important consideration when dealing with incontinence issues
Before you can start caring for somebody who suffers from incontinence, it is important that you understand what it is. Understating what incontinence is, and what causes it, allows you to determine the best type of care your loved one needs. Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder and/or bowel function.

Determining the type of incontinence can help you decide what type of care your loved one needs. It will allow you to choose the right products. The two most common types of incontinence are stress incontinence and urge incontinence. However, your loved one can also suffer from functional incontinence. Functional incontinence is where your loved one cannot reach the bathroom on time due to mobility issues, or even because of mental illness. Stress incontinence happens when the bladder unexpectedly leaks due to some pressure from physical exertion, such as coughing or sneezing. This is most often seen in women. Urge incontinence is when the bladder tries to empty itself despite the efforts that are being used to restrain it.

Here is a good article to reference - Everything you need to know about incontinence products.

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No matter what type of incontinence your loved one is suffering from, there is something that you can do. The most important aspect of caring for somebody that has incontinence is to address their physical and emotional comfort. The emotional comfort of your loved one is important because being incontinent can cause them to feel insecure and depressed. The worst thing that you can do when caring for your loved one with incontinence is to make them feel bad about their incontinence issues. Instead of making a big deal out of their incontinence, you simply want to handle it like it was no big deal. If they apologize or feel bad about having an accident, you need to reassure them that it isn’t something to be ashamed of.

First, its best to understand the various types and styles..  Here is a quick guide.

To help restore your loved one's pride and dignity when they are dealing with incontinence, it is important that you obtain the right products for helping their incontinence. To help you determine the right choice, there is a tool that allows you to select your symptoms, size, gender, style, and preferred brand. Once you have selected the correct information, the tool will give you the best products that meet your needs. To view this tool simply visit
It is important to have the right products because without them your loved one can suffer from the negative side effects that incontinence causes. The worst of the negative side effects is the skin irritation that can be caused from incontinence, but the emotional toll that is caused by the embarrassment that your loved one feels can also be debilitating. If you choose the right product for your loved one's incontinence issue, all of these things can be avoided.

Choosing the right product means that there will be no irritated skin because there will be less dampness. The reason there is less dampness is that the rapid absorption that is found in the products draws the urine away from the skin, which is especially important if your loved one is immobile. You can also find products that are designed for your loved one’s specific physical and mental state, which makes having to wear garments for incontinence less awkward. In fact, the right product makes the all the difference in comfort and how much of the product you actually use.

When choosing a product, you want to make sure you take all of the factors into account so you choose the product that will provide the most comfort for your loved one, but at the same time makes your job of caring of caring for your loved one easier.

Another issue is buying a product and finding out it doesn't work.  You can't return them.  To avoid this, there is a 'try before you buy' service where you only pay the shipping and handling.  Its a totally custom service and you can try as many types, styles, sizes, absorbencies and brands as you like.  Over 100 choices.
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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. Visit to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.


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