3 Tips on How To Choose Adult Incontinence Products

Three key factors to include when choosing adult incontinence products.
Choosing for Mom

When Susan realized her Mom needed her help choosing incontinence supplies she didn’t know where to even begin looking. While the grocery and big box stores were full of different incontinence products, Susan wasn’t sure if any of those were right for her Mom. She was unsure who to ask for help. Pharmacists today are filling ten times more prescriptions than they were just ten years ago. They can barely keep up and just don’t have the time to step out from behind the counter to ‘advise’ about incontinence products. Plus, they really don’t know much about them. And the 18 year old young man in the isle certainly doesn’t know.

So it wasn’t until Susan spoke with the knowledgeable ladies at The CareGiver Partnership that she received some tips and the help she felt she needed. With their advice she was able to select the incontinence products which could help her Mom in the most effective way possible.

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 even more confusion. There’s pull-on underwear for men, for women, for either; there’s boxers for men, adjustable underwear, briefs (adult diapers), pads for women, liners, guards for men, shields for men, underpads, chair pads, bed pads, undergarments, booster pads, swim pants, washable products, shaped pads, and soon bladder control inserts.

The Caregiver Partnership understands this confusion and have created an easy to use style guide which explains all the style options which can help you determine what incontinence products are right for you or you. You can also speak with one of their knowledgeable ladies and try samples before you buy ($3.49).

It does matter what you choose

Many people mistakenly think all incontinence products are the same. This is simply not true. Just like one person’s incontinence can be very different from someone else, so can incontinence supplies. It is important to realize there are three key factors which need to be considered when choosing adult incontinence products. Here are three of them:

  • Carefully determine the size of the person who will be using the adult incontinence products. Many people make the mistake of underestimating the importance of fit. However, it is crucial to keep in mind if an incontinence product is too small or too large the wearer is at risk for leaks and accidents. Studies show 80% of leaks occur in the rear buttocks area of any incontinence undergarment. Whether you are choosing incontinence supplies for yourself or for someone in your care it is extremely important to find the right size. The good news is today there are more sizes than ever before which means everyone from the smallest individual to the largest can find the right incontinence product which can fit them effectively. You should know both the hip and waist size of the person wearing the product. 
  • Know what type of absorbency the person will need in their incontinence product. Not all incontinence is the same. Some people only require an incontinence pad for some light leakage while others will need the highest degree of absorbency to protect against complete bladder and/or bowel leakage. You should be aware of what level of absorbency you need before choosing any incontinence supplies. It is also important to keep in mind absorbency needs can change over time and can vary greatly from day to night. Some products can be worn together to provide better protection or even cost savings. 
  • Take into account the gender of the person using the incontinence product. Men and women have very different needs when it comes to incontinence supplies. The makers of incontinence products understand this and have designed incontinence supplies which meet the needs of each gender. Men’s incontinence supplies have protection up front where men need it most. It is important to take into account the gender of the person who will be using the incontinence supplies when you are choosing them. 
Get real help from real people.

Since 2004, The Caregiver Partnership has been helping women 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. They offer over 700 choices-ten times more brands, styles, sizes and absorbencies than even the big box stores. And, they have knowledgeable Product Specialists you can speak with when you call 1-800-985-1353.

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 learn more about The Incontinence Product Finder

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

Further Reading: 

The CareGiver Partnership offers one of the most comprehensive and largest family caregiver blogs available. With over 1 million readers there is valuable information on every subject applicable to caregiving and seniors. Learn more here.

Talking With Others About Incontinence: 7 Important Tips

Over 200 Adult Pull On Underwear Styles, Sizes and Absorbencies

Incontinence Products: How to Choose the Right Size Product

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


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