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More than fifty percent of the people aged 65 years and older, staying at home, experience bowel and/or bladder control problems. But elderly incontinence is not only a medical issue but can affect a person psychologically, socially, and emotionally. The majority of such people are hesitant to participate in normal activities. But such conditions can be wisely dealt with by using various incontinence products to control any mishap during times of such occurrences. Some of the commonly used incontinence products include –

Pads and Pants

These products come in different sizes and shapes and are washable or disposable. The choice of pads depends on a number of factors like –

  • The amount of urine or bowel movement
  • The type of incontinence
  • Physical capabilities of the person suffering from such incontinence problems
  • Personal preference such as comfort, size, and color of the pads
  • Cost of the product

Disposable Pads

Some people need different absorbent continence products that are suitable for a good night’s sleep. The pads must fit properly; otherwise, there can be leakage leading to skin irritation and rashes. Specifically designed for fecal incontinence, these products are disposable.

Briefs

Also referred to as adult diapers, these products are one of the best incontinence products for elderly patients. These absorbent underwears have a tab on each side for their easy removal. These are suitable for people with severe incontinence problems of either the bladder or bowel. The choice of different absorbency levels depends on the needs of the patient.

Bed Pads

The waterproof bed pads are cooler to sleep on and eliminate the need for multiple incontinence products for elderly people. It dries out quickly and can be placed over any piece of furniture or on the bed or floor.

Pant Liners

These are affixed to the patient’s underwear using an adhesive that is placed on its underside. Pant Liners are suitable for light bladder incontinence and is one of the most affordable products for the elderly.

Reusable Products

These items are more expensive to buy but cost-effective in the long run. They simply require washing and drying after use.

Waterproof Bedsheet

The reusable waterproof quilted bed sheet is designed to provide protection to the mattress from accidental overnight incontinence. The soft polyester with vinyl center protects against any stains, odors, and leaks.

Mattress Protector

This is placed under bedding and sits on top of the mattress, protecting it from getting stained or wet. This safeguards the dignity of the patient as it is placed discreetly under bedding. It is a good option for patients who don’t like the feel of waterproof sheets on their skin.

Containment Swim Brief

These are stretchy and lightweight products that fit using hook and loop fasteners. These are washable and reusable that can be used over briefs for overnight elderly incontinence.

A Final Word of Advice

Whenever you need to buy any incontinence product, make sure to conduct proper research. Always remember that the entire area covered with the incontinence product is at risk of rashes and irritated skin. If the product you are using has any wetness indicator, align it with the patient’s spine. There are several other incontinence products available in the market. Purchase the one that perfectly suits your needs and preferences.

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