Etiquette For Disposing of Incontinence Products

Being faced with incontinence is a medical issue that thousands of people are faced with. Though it affects the elderly in the highest percentage, this problem can affect a person at any stage of life. It can be the result of surgery, bowel issues, and other contributing factors such as cancer and radiation. In the past, managing this problem of bowel incontinence meant living in seclusion or wearing a bulky, embarrassing diaper in public. However, as new products are developed, many afflicted individuals are able to live active, normal lives while handling their problem with discretion, which includes the disposal of the used products.

With this introduction of new products came a corresponding need for proper disposal methods. Having used adult diapers lying around in trash receptacles is not appealing, to the eye or nose. Therefore, a new need was introduced to those suffering this condition. Diaper pails can be used for adult incontinence as well as baby diapers. By sealing the used product within the unit, the odor is contained and the lid closes automatically to ensure all previous issues of indiscretion are a thing of the past. The reason these products work so well is because they are specifically designed to handle the problems, including odor control, that adult fecal incontinence cause.

There are certain rules of etiquette that should be observed when disposing of an adult incontinence product. This is not only for the afflicted person’s dignity, but also the well-being of others. In addition to causing unpleasant odors, used incontinence products can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Follow these steps to dispose of an incontinence product properly whether at home or on the go:

3 Rules of Etiquette

Rule 1: Do not use public trash cans, unless you have a disposable bag such as Heaven Scent or Fresh Saks, to seal the product in prior to disposal. Using these bags will ensure the product is sealed and will not emit an unpleasant odor. Additionally, these bags are useful tools when a trash receptacle is not available.

Rule 2: Use incontinence products that are made to be easily changed while out and about. There are many brands of both adult diapers and briefs that are designed to be changed without having to completely disrobe.

Step 3: Invest in an diaper pail for use at home. These are useful tools that can be appealing for those who suffer mild or severe cases of incontinence. These diaper pails enable you to ensure that sanitary conditions remain in your home. Also, by eliminating the odor you can let the container completely fill to capacity prior to having to change the liner. This makes for more efficient disposal as well as the superior sanitary benefits and eliminates multiple trips to the garbage can each day.

No matter if you suffer from incontinence, or provide care for someone who does, you want to ensure the supplies that you have are high-quality and made to provide discreet protection. There is nothing more embarrassing for a person with incontinence than a foul odor or ineffective product. With the diaper pail, you can dispose of the products in a receptacle that resembles a traditional trash can. This means it can be placed in any area in the house, even in plain view, and not be a source of embarrassment. It can even be used as a traditional trash can if you wish. The benefits of this product are definitely worth the small investment.

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