Submitted by: Dianna Malkowski
If you are a caregiver for a senior who is dealing with incontinence there may be a variety of different products that you will need to help manage it. While the focus of most sites and stores is to educate you about the products (adult style diapers), that the patient with incontinence will wear it is important to know that there are other products available that will help you to better manage the issues that surround incontinence. In addition, the use of these items will provide comfort for the elderly. If you are a caregiver or a senior with incontinence, it is important to know about these products and how they can help. Here is what you need to know about incontinence products beyond adult diapers.
Wipes-There are a variety of wipes that are available for either the senior to use on their own, or if care giving is extensive, for the caregiver to use when cleaning the elderly patient who has incontinence. These wipes are specially formulated to be gentle on the skin and help reduce the irritation that incontinence can bring to sensitive older skin. This is crucial since older skin is more prone to breakdown and the possibility of infection. These wipes are usually disposable to help maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. They can be found on many sites that sell incontinence products.
Gloves-Due to the hygienic issues that surround incontinence caregivers may need to have a ready stock of glove on hand. These can be helpful when cleaning up accidents or providing care for the elderly loved one. The gloves can be ordered in bulk to insure that there are plenty available when needed.
Under pads-These types of pads can be used to provide additional protection for either the bed or chair of the senior who has incontinence. These are easily laid out on the chair or bed and are specially designed to be highly absorbent. It is important to know that these pads come both in disposable and washable types. Caregivers will need to determine which type works best for the situation for the senior in their care.
Skin care products-One of the most serious problems for seniors with incontinence, is the risk of having skin problems. Older skin breaks down easily and needs care to prevent sores and other openings that put the senior at risk of infection. Incontinence poses a risk to older skin due to the effects of urine and fecal matter against the skin. This can be mitigated somewhat by using products that are specially designed to care for and treat older skin. These products are usually available in a product line that includes: gentle body washes, shampoos and lotions that can help to heal and protect skin. Many come in fragrance free or hyper-allergenic formulas for even more protection.
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About the Author: Dianna Malkowski is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and Mayo Clinic trained nutritionist specializing in diabetes, cancer, wound healing, therapeutic diets, nutrition support and also on
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