Top 10 Incontinence Products for Seniors

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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 for seniors 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 seniors. 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

Attends Premier Briefs in a bag available in sizes medium to extra largeBecause 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 incontinence product for seniors that are 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

Incontinence pads and liners in a collageLiners, 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 padsThe Butterfly Body Patch by Attends is an excellent fecal incontinence pad 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 is another incontinence product for seniors that 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 mattress’s 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

Aloe Vesta Bathing Cloths in a pouch are perfect as a no-rinse cleansing optionWith all the personal hygiene products available, personal care wipes are the most convenient incontinence product for seniors. 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 is an incontinence product for seniors that 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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Adult Pull-Ups and Briefs: What’s the Difference?

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Knowing the difference between adult pull-ups and adult briefs is important when thinking about comfort and confidence. These types of adult incontinence products can be necessary when adults suffer from various kinds of medical conditions such as severe diarrhea, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or mobility impairment. Choosing the right style of adult incontinence products is one aspect of the situation, but these types of adult incontinence products also offer varying absorbencies that are suitable for each person’s unique needs. Let’s find out what makes adult pull-ups different from adult incontinence briefs.

What are Adult Pull-Ups?

personally delivered daytime and nighttime adult pull-upsJust as the name implies, adult pull ups are pulled onto the body and are designed to fit and feel just like regular underwear. Sometimes referred to as protective underwear, adult pull ups are constructed of soft, cloth-like material making them a more discreet and less bulky option. Adult pull-ups such as the Personally Delivered Daytime and Nighttime Protective Underwear feature leak guards and leg gathers that function to absorb and prevent leakage. Oftentimes, adult pull-ups include tear-away seams for easy and quick removal. Offered in a range of absorbency levels, adult pull ups or adult protective underwear can deliver the security the wearer needs to keep them dry throughout the day or all through the night.

When You Should Choose Adult Pull-Ups

attends premier adult pull-upsBecause adult pull ups are designed to be similar to traditional adult underwear, they are a preferred choice for those that are concerned about discreetness. Since they are constructed of soft, cloth-like fabric and are a thinner design, adult pull-ups can provide the wearer with more dignity. For adults suffering from incontinence but are still independent with mobility and dexterity, the adult pull ups or adult protective underwear may be the optimal choice. It is important to note that although adult pull-ups typically feature tear-away side panels for quick and easy removal, they are not able to be resealed again for further wear. The adult incontinence pull-ups are worn once and then disposed of.

What are Adult Briefs?

Adult incontinence briefs are also referred to as adult diapers with tabs and are a disposable adult incontinence product. Unlike adult pull-ups, adult briefs feature re-fastenable tabs on the sides that allow the adult diaper to be opened and closed for repositioning or changing out without the wearer removing their other clothing. Made of thicker layers of absorbent materials, adult incontinence briefs are also less discreet.

tranquility adult pull-ups featuring breathable sidesAlso offered in a range sizes and absorbencies, adult incontinence briefs can provide the wearer with leak protection, breathability for skin health, and odor control. The highly absorbent and super-fast drying core of the Tranquility SmartCore Disposable Briefs are effective for up to 8 hours and the breathable sides allow air to circulate.

When You Should Choose Adult Briefs

tena brand complete care adult pull-upsFor adults that are concerned about increased leak protection at night, adult briefs can provide them the security they need rather than the adult pull-ups. Because they are thicker and more absorbent, adult briefs may be a better choice for those with heavy incontinence. For daytime protection, adult incontinence briefs are made to be slightly less bulky and therefore absorb less.

If an adult is not fully independent and has limited mobility, a caretaker is usually involved. If this is the case, the adult diaper’s tabs allow the caregiver to easily change the adult brief without needing to remove other clothing. These tabs allow for repeated refastening to ensure maximum security and minimize leakage. Another feature that helps alert a caregiver when it is time to change the adult brief is a wetness indicator that’s included on The Tena Complete + Care Briefs.

One of the main takeaways from this discussion is that adult briefs feature tabs that allow for them to be changed without removing other clothing. However, these adult incontinence products are offered in a variety of sizes, styles, absorbencies, and brands too. Becoming familiar with all the options and differences between adult pull-ups and adult briefs can be challenging, but they are important to know when choosing what is suitable for the incontinence problem.

While you are here, be sure to check out all of the other incontinence products we carry as well. Whether you require added protection with a booster pad or just need light protection with our liners & pads, we are sure to have the incontinence product for your unique needs. Give us a call and one of our Personally Delivered Product Experts will be happy to guide you through the decision-making process.

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