Incontinence Products: How to Choose The Right Size Product

The Caregiver Partnership takes the confusion out of choosing.
Finding the right fit

I quickly became aware when I was diagnosed with incontinence one of the first decisions I needed to make was what kind of incontinence supplies I would need to help me manage my symptoms. And not only would I need to decide what type of incontinence products to use but what size I would need. Reading the labels was confusing. I was unsure as to how to choose what I needed without spending a lot of money on products that didn’t fit or I would end up not using. It was only after calling the nice ladies at The Caregiver Partnership I was able to get the information I needed to make the best choice in incontinence supplies for me.

What's the best product for me or my loved one?

It can be overwhelming to try and determine exactly what incontinence supplies you or the loved one in your care may need. There are more choices than ever before and they’re changing all the time. This creates more confusion. The Caregiver Partnership understands this and have created an easy to use style guide which explains all the style options that can help you determine what incontinence products are right for you or you can call and speak with one of their knowledgeable ladies.

The Fit Really Does Matter

Many people make the mistake of thinking the fit of their incontinence product really doesn’t matter. They just assume if they use any type or size of incontinence supplies then it will provide them with the protection they are looking for. This is a mistake. The reality is 80% of leaks occur in the rear buttocks area from an ill fitting incontinence product. In order to get the protection you want it is important to understand the fit needs to be precise. It is critical to keep the following three things in mind when determining the fit of your incontinence supplies-

  • Wearing an incontinence product which is too small can cause serious skin damage. An adult diaper which is too small will rub against the skin. This can create unpleasant chafes on the waist or in the groin, and may lead to skin irritation. This is especially important to consider if the wearer is bedridden because skin irritation can turn into serious skin sores with potentially life threatening complications. 
  • Having too large of an incontinence product will not provide the right amount of protection. About 80% of all leaks occur at the rear buttocks are - usually caused by gaps in products which are too large. Most adult diapers will provide the highest level of protection by having a close fit to the body. If the incontinence product is too large there are gaps which make the wearer more susceptible to accidents and leakage. Many people assume it is better to go larger when choosing incontinence supplies. This is not true since an incontinence product which is too large will leak more, which not only risks the skin of the wearer but any furniture or bedding they come into contact with.
Today, there are more sizes available in incontinence supplies than ever before. The manufacturers of incontinence supplies understand incontinence can affect everyone of varying sizes - some fitting a 28” waist to 100”. To meet the needs of consumers some incontinence lines offer a much wider range of sizes than the ‘big’ brands sold in stores. It is important to check the sizing of any incontinence supplies which you are considering buying in order to get exactly the right size that you need.

Get real help from real people.

Since 2004, The Caregiver Partnership has been helping people just like you. Unlike the big box stores which usually only offer 3 brands of incontinence products, The CareGiver Partnership shops the world over to find the best incontinence products - those used by consumers and professionals alike. We offer over 733 choices. Ten times more brands, styles, sizes and absorbencies than even the big box stores. And, we have knowledgeable Product Specialists you can speak with when you call 1-800-985-1353. Try to find help in the stores.

However, even when you have an idea of what incontinence products you are looking for it can still be overwhelming. That’s why the free & easy Incontinence Product Finder was developed. It saves you time, money and frustration by making it easy to sort through hundreds of products - fast. The video below explains how it works.

Watch this video to see how The Incontinence Product Finder works

Consumers wasting $130 buying incontinence products

Did you know those buying incontinence products for the first time waste $130 on average in trial and error mode trying to figure out what will work best for them. This is research from the makers of Depend and Poise. The CareGiver Partnership recognizes this and that’s why they provide online tools to help you select the best choice. They also have a team of Product Specialist who are expert on all the products offered and can send you samples ($3.49 each) to try before you buy. Questions? Call them at 1-800-985-1353.

Watch this video to learn more about Try Before You Buy 

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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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