Top 10 Incontinence Products for Seniors

According to research, more than 50% of elderly Americans suffer from incontinence, whether it be bladder or bowel related. Incontinence is not only a physical medical condition; it can also affect people mentally, emotionally, and financially. The cost of incontinence products can add up, and you could be caught off guard if you aren’t prepared.

We have compiled a list of what we think are the ten most useful incontinence products for senior citizens. Consider some or all of these incontinence supplies the next time you shop for yourself or a loved one to keep ample inventory levels on hand.

1. Briefs/Diapers

Because briefs or diapers can be changed without removing all clothing articles, they are a preferred choice by many seniors. Briefs are for those needing a more secure and absorbent option and sometimes referred to as adult diapers. These one-piece incontinence garments feature re-fastenable tabs that make readjustment easy for a tight fit. Incontinence briefs also come in daytime or nighttime absorbencies depending on what level is needed. The Attends Premier Brief is an excellent incontinence product for seniors that offers both daytime and overnight protection.

2. Protective Underwear or Pull-Ups

Protective briefs or pull-ups are one-piece garments made to be easily pulled on and off and are an excellent option for those looking for more traditional and discreet protection. Offered in absorbencies for both day and night protection, protective underwear also provides odor control and moisture-wicking to remain comfortable and dry.

3. Underpads/Bed Pads/Chux

Available in various colors, materials, designs, and absorbency levels, underpads, bed pads, or chux, provide the extra protection needed to absorb leakage, reduce odors, and control bacteria. Instead of doubling up on protective underwear and mattress covers, an underpad can deliver the required absorbency on its own. Underpads can also be used to protect furniture, car seats, and even as pet potty training pads.

4. Liners/Pads

Liners, panty liners, or pads are placed inside regular underwear with their adhesive strip and are used for light to moderate urinary incontinence. Liners and pads are an economical incontinence product for seniors that do not have heavy leakage. On the other hand, booster pads are added to a disposable brief for an added layer of protection for those with moderate to heavy incontinence.

5. Fecal Pads

Fecal incontinence pads or bowel incontinence pads are designed for those who suffer from Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL) and are looking for a bowel leakage product that absorbs fluids and odors while being discreet. Many people are unaware of such a product and resort to using a regular bladder pad for bowel incontinence protection. Those with fecal incontinence require a disposable bowel leakage product, as the use of washable products is not an option. Fecal or bowel incontinence pads such as the Butterfly Body Patch, are specifically shaped to fit in and around the buttocks and are designed to absorb liquids and hold the stool in place. These bowel incontinence products are not as absorbent as traditional incontinence pads, so they hold less fluid.

6. Mattress Cover

Using a mattress cover protects the mattress from incontinence leaks, accidental spills, and unwanted stains. Mattress covers such as the Salk Prima Vinyl Mattress Cover, fit just like a fitted bed sheet, covering the entire mattress and can also protect against bacteria and some allergens. Mattress protectors may also defend against bacteria and some allergens. Because mattress covers are made of water-resistant materials, they extend the mattress’s life. This handy feature can also protect your health. When fluids enter the mattresses core, bacteria breeds, and dust mites thrive in these warm, damp environments. Investing in a quality mattress cover as one of the top incontinence products for seniors can be beneficial for many reasons.

7. Skin Care

The entire area of the body covered by an incontinence product is at risk for skin irritation. If the skin has become wet or chaffed, the incontinence product either incorrectly fits the wearer or is not the right absorbency. With effective skin moisturizers, creams, and ointments, the sensitive perineal skin can stay healthy and clean.

8. Personal Care Wipes

With all the personal hygiene products available, personal care wipes are the most convenient. Using personal care wipes is not only a quicker and easier option than paper towels or cloths; they are also the most versatile cleaning product around. Wipes are compact enough for travel and an inexpensive way to keep yourself and the surfaces around you clean throughout the day.  When there isn’t a water source available, using personal care wipes can be used to quickly remove dirt and germs from the hands and face as well as a toilet paper alternative.

9. Penis Clamp

As men age, they may experience difficulty controlling their urinary leakage when lifting, coughing, or straining. They may also have leakage or dribbling of urine due to other urinary problems such as prostate cancer. A penis clamp puts light pressure on the urethra and helps control urine leaking. They are a cost-effective way to help manage stress incontinence in men and worth having around for convenience and travel.

10. Adult Swim Brief

In the summer months, enjoying the pool can be difficult for those that suffer from incontinence.  With adult swim briefs such as the Swimmates Adult Reusable Diapers, pool-time can be worry-free. These snug-fitting, stretchy, and lightweight incontinence briefs are made specifically to fit underneath a swimsuit. Adult swim briefs are also machine washable and reusable, so they are budget-friendly when choosing this kind of incontinence product for seniors.

Stocking up on the essential incontinence products for seniors is important when managing an incontinence condition. Not being prepared with the necessary incontinence supplies when you need them, most can be frustrating. You can rest easy with a little preparation, knowing that you don’t need to run out in an emergency to get the incontinence supplies you need.

For any questions about the incontinence products we carry, our Personally Delivered Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist. Being prepared never felt so good!

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Essential Urinary Supplies for Healthy Urine Flow

The human body processes waste in a couple of ways, one of which is through urine. The urethra, kidneys, and bladder make up the urinary system, and keeping excretion of fluids flowing is essential to your overall health.

How the Urinary System Functions

A healthy urinary system starts with the kidneys. We have two kidneys on either side of the body just beneath our ribs. The kidneys filter out waste products as urine through tubes called ureters that connect to the bladder. The bladder then holds the urine until it signals that it is full and needs emptying. Attached to the bladder is the urethra, which is the tube that extends to the outside of the body. In men, the urethra is approximately 8 inches (20 cm), and in women, the urethra is about 1 ½ inches (4 cm). A small muscle called the sphincter controls when the urine empties from the bladder.

Common Problems Within the Urinary System

At times, the urinary system can get disrupted by invading bacteria, certain illnesses, or aging muscles. When this happens, certain urinary system functions do not work correctly, and the body responds with inflammation, a urinary tract, bladder, or kidney infection, or urinary incontinence, to name a few.

Although there are many options to treat specific urinary system problems, it is crucial to know the urological and incontinence supplies available to adequately address these urinary issues. Your doctor should provide you with a list of the urological supplies to help manage your unique needs.

Issues that May Cause a Need for Urinary Supplies

When one part or all of the urinary system’s functioning gets disrupted, it can result in various medical conditions that may lead to the need for urinary supplies.

Some of the potential causes of urinary incontinence or bladder retention may include:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spina bifida
  • Stroke or brain injury
  • Aging
  • Surgery
  • Injury
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Bladder or prostate cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • And more

Although there are many treatment options available for these widely varying conditions, it’s crucial to know about the urinary supplies that can adequately address your issues and manage any symptoms such as urine leakage, lack of urine flow, and more. Your doctor should provide you with their suggestions for urinary supplies, catheter products, incontinence pads, or other options to help manage your unique needs.

Urinary Supplies to Know About

Catheters

One of the most essential urinary supplies for certain people who have bladders that no longer function properly is the urinary catheter. A catheter’s job is to drain and collect urine from the bladder when a person can no longer void urine from the bladder naturally. Catheters can be made of different types of material such as silicone, latex, or polyurethane and may also come pre-lubricated or require additional lubrication. They also vary in various lengths to accommodate the different urethral sizes between ages and genders.

An external catheter is a non-invasive catheter option that’s ideal for men with urinary incontinence. The external catheter, sometimes called a condom catheter or Texas catheter, does not insert into the bladder but instead fits over the male penis much like a condom to collect leaking urine.

Having an ample supply of urinary catheters is a good idea since you shouldn’t reuse them. Also, you won’t want to run out of catheters if you need to catheterize multiple times a day.

Urinary Drainage Bags

urinary drainage bag is primarily used to collect urine from a catheter, which is either external or internally inserted in the bladder. Some catheters, such as a Foley catheter or external catheter, are connected to a urinary drainage bag secured to the leg called a urinary leg bag. Others may prefer a type of urinary drainage bag that you can easily hang from a hook on a wheelchair or bedside. Many different sizes, brands, and styles of urinary drainage bags are available depending on the specific requirements. Urinary leg bags and urinary drainage bags come with flip or twist valves and come in both disposable and reusable styles.

Leg Bag Straps and Holders

Wearing a urinary leg bag doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Many urinary leg bags come with long, awkward, latex straps that don’t seem to secure the bag just the way you would like. Fabric urinary leg bag straps can be more comfortable, economical, and minimize skin irritation. Velcro or button fasteners allow for easy adjustment of the straps for individual requirements. Fabric urinary leg bag straps with a velcro or button closure can eliminate bruising, pressure sores, pulled hair, circulation restriction, and burns caused by rubber latex straps.

Urinary leg bag holders fit like a sleeve that slides up the leg to hold the urinary drainage bag without straps, such as the Urocare Urinary Leg Bag. The simple sleeve style provides a soft fit around the leg or thigh, resulting in a comfortable and discreet profile. Most urinary leg bag holders will accommodate various urinary drainage bags, but it is always wise to take measurements to make sure they will work together. Sticking with the same manufacturer for your urinary drainage bag and your leg bag straps or holders can help take out the guesswork of making sure they are compatible.

Lubricating Jelly and Wipes

If you are using an uncoated catheter (not pre-lubricated or hydrophilic), lubricating jelly is a must for making catheterization more comfortable and smooth. Using a catheter lubricant can not only help minimize friction, but it will also reduce the chances of urethral damage upon insertion. Catheter lubricants are sterile, greaseless, and water-soluble for easy clean-up and are available in tubes or foil packets for on-the-go convenience.

Having a supply of personal wipes will come in handy when cleaning up after self-catheterization when emptying a urinary drainage bag, or handling anything related to an incontinence episode.

Other Incontinence Supplies

Protective underwear, incontinence briefs, urinary incontinence pads, and other urinary incontinence supplies can be essential for those living with incontinence or leakage. These products are designed to address light to severe urinary incontinence episodes and are available in various sizes, styles, and absorbencies. Preparation can help ensure you have enough incontinence supplies to help reduce the risk of worsening your condition and lead a healthy and dignified lifestyle.

For any questions about the catheters, incontinence products, or urinary supplies we offer, our Personally Delivered Product Experts are just a phone call away and ready to assist.

Popular Urology & Catheter Supplies

ConvaTec Urine Night Drainage Container Set System

McKesson Urinary Leg Bag with Anti-Reflux Valve

GentleCath Glide Male Catheter

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