Incontinence Supplies-Things to Look For When Buying

Buying Incontinence Supplies

When someone is first diagnosed with incontinence they may be unsure as to how they are going to cope with this ongoing medical issue. After seeking out medical help the first step is to determine what type of incontinence supplies he or she will need in order to effectively manage their incontinence. This can take some time, research and experience before a suitable solution is found however, it is important to understand that there are a number of considerations that should be made before you purchase any type of incontinence supplies. Knowing what these are will help you to end up with incontinence supplies that will allow you deal with your incontinence and continue on with your normal and daily activities. Here are things to look for when buying incontinence supplies-

Do the incontinence supplies that I am considering come in the right size for me? It cannot be stressed enough how crucial fit is when it comes to incontinence supplies. From incontinence pads to adult diapers how they fit will determine how well they work. If you using an incontinence product that is to small or to large not only will the wearer be uncomfortable it is most likely that he or she will have gaps and chafing that will result and can cause leakage and accidents. The good new is that there is no reason to be satisfied with a fit that is simply adequate. Today, most brands of incontinence supplies offer a wide range of sizes which means that you can find everything from incontinence undergarments to adult diapers in the size that works best to meet your needs. 

Do the incontinence supplies that I am considering offer comfort while wearing? The bottom line is that if the incontinence supplies that you purchase to use are not comfortable then you won’t use them. It is also important to understand that certain types of incontinence undergarments may be comfortable before there is a leakage or accident but after are highly uncomfortable. It is critical to keep in mind that you may not be able to change your incontinence underwear immediately so you need to be wearing a type that can be comfortable for a longer time. Experts advise that you choose incontinence supplies that have a moisture barrier that will keep urine and fecal matter off the skin. You should also consider if the incontinence supplies that you are considering using are comfortable when you are standing, sitting, and lying down. This is especially important when it comes to incontinence pads that can bend and change while you move.

Do the incontinence supplies that I am considering offer the amount of protection that I need? It is important to consider the level of absorbency that comes with the incontinence supplies that you are considering buying. The bottom line is that if your chosen incontinence supplies do not provide you with the level of incontinence protection that you need then, you have simply wasted your money. You should also consider if you are choosing incontinence underwear or an adult diaper that is easy to change and use along with providing the right amount of protection. Finally, many types of incontinence supplies from incontinence pads to adult diapers offer odor protection that can minimize potentially embarrassing odors that can keep you from managing your incontinence with discretion.

Do the incontinence supplies that I am considering fit within my budget? Cost should certainly be considered when you are choosing incontinence supplies. However, cost should only be one factor and should not lead your decision in the incontinence supplies that you choose. You should never compromise quality for price in the incontinence supplies that you choose to buy.

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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