What To Ask When Selecting Incontinence Products

A guide to what you should ask and know
when selecting incontinence products.
Incontinence is not a normal part of aging, and often there are treatment options available. However, while treating incontinence, whether it is temporary or long term, getting the right products to manage it can help provide both physical and emotional comfort. Here is a guide to what you should ask and know when selecting incontinence products:

1. Will one product type be sufficient?

This is an important questions because chances are you or your loved one may need more than one product to help accommodate your various activity levels, and leakage. For example, a pad might be enough protection during the day, but something more absorbent may be needed for during exercise, or for nighttime use.

2. Can you try samples?

Often the first product your try is not the best for your needs. Rather than but case after case, wasting money, buy a sample pack of 4 to determine if it is the right fit for your needs. Humans and incontinence products come in all shapes and sizes. 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.

3. Can I order these online?

Incontinence can be an embarrassing condition, and many people do not enjoy buying their incontinence products at their local super store. Find out if the product you are interested in is available for purchase over the internet. The Caregiver partnership has over 500 incontinence products, far more than the average store or pharmacy, and a knowledgeable staff to help with your ordering.

Now some questions to ask about specific products:

4. How absorbent is the product?

Most brands offer different levels of absorbency, but the language is not the same across the board. For one, the most absorbent option might be termed “Super” while for another it is “maximum”. Find out what absorbency is offered, and how that matches up to your needs, including variations in those needs such as night care versus day.

5. How discreet is the product?

No one wants to advertise they are incontinent, but often the more absorbent products make noise when the person wearing them moves. How discreet is it? Does it crunch or rustle? Is it low profile so it is not easily detectable under clothes? How bulky does it feel? How bulky does it look? A bulky option may be suitable for night use, but what about for socializing?

6. How comfortable is it?

What kind of moisture barrier does it offer? What kind of skin protection does it offer? Is it adjustable? These can all impact comfort. Some are contoured, some are not, often the best way to determine comfort is to try it out and see how it feels.

7. Does it indicate when a change is needed?

If the incontinent individual can’t change themselves, or have a physical or mental disability that keeps them from letting you know they are soiled, does the product let you know? Some products are equipped with wetness indicators that change color when a change is needed.

8. Does the moisture barrier work all the time?

A moisture barrier may work while standing or seated, but not when lying down. Ask how good the protection is, and how good the moisture wick is.

9. Is it easy to change?

With the individual be changing themselves? Or will a caregiver change them? If help is needed for changing, products that are easy to open and close with adhesive tabs or tapes are often the best option. A pull-on option may be the best for individuals changing themselves.

10. Does it prevent odor?

No one wants to smell, ask how the product protects against unwanted odor. 

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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. Visithttp://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.


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