Incontinence – the inability to maintain complete control over discharges of urine or feces – is a problem that many seniors face. Caregivers of those who suffer from incontinence will of course want to consult a doctor to determine what is causing the incontinence and what may be done to address it. Doctors often recommend items such as as catheters or urine collection bags. Additionally, common incontinence management products include:
- Chair pads – These are waterproof pads that can be placed on chairs to prevent leakages from staining chairs and sofas. These pads are usually washable and can be reused frequently when cared for properly.
- Mattress pads – These are vinyl or waterproof pads that fit comfortably over the entire length of a bed and go underneath a fitted sheet. As with chair pads, these are designed to be washed and reused and are recommended if nighttime incontinence is an issue.
- Maxi pads – These common menstrual pads can also help protect clothes from urinary dripping in both women and men.
- Pocket pouches – These are urine absorbent pouches which male patients can wear to assist with small urinary leaks. There are a number of variations on these products; some are worn inside underwear, while others attach to the outside of underwear.
- Washable underwear – These are briefs or similar-style underwear made of a durable, waterproof material. They are especially helpful when incontinence occurs with little or no warning.
- Velcro clothing – Such clothing includes pants or skirts held together by Velcro rather than by buttons, snaps, or zippers. It comes in handy if your loved one has difficulty operating buttons and often requires a bathroom with little advance warning.
Dealing with incontinence can be challenging for caregivers and embarrassing for patients. Finding products that can help prevent accidents or can lessen the consequences of such accidents is helpful to both parties.