Adult Incontinence is a serious condition that effects millions of Americans throughout the country. However information on choosing the appropriate incontinence products is difficult to find at best. Searching the Internet with Google for the keywords “Adult Diapers” can yield some good information about companies like Home Delivered Diapers, but most of the results provide content that is inappropriate or incomplete at best. Let’s try to remove some of the mystery.
Commonly Used Retail Incontinence Products
- Adult Briefs
- Disposable Underpads
- Adult Protective Underwear
- Bladder Control Pads – Liners- Guards
If you’re taking care of a parent, grand parent or looking to find incontinence products for yourself, understanding what types of products are available is 1/2 the battle. Adult Briefs, Protective Underwear and Bladder Control Pads are commonly used.
Adult Briefs, often referred to as Adult Diapers, are used by most bed confined residents in Nursing Homes. Adult Briefs offer better protection for heavy incontinence than other incontinence products. Most modern adult briefs are breathable, have adjustable tabs, and contain absorbent to reduces the pH and decrease odors. In the home care market, adult briefs only make up about 4% of U.S. sales.
Disposable Underpads are available in many sizes can be used to protect furniture and reduce laundering bed linens. Washable Cloth Underpads offer excellent protection as well and can keep expenses down. Washable Underpads also can be used as an aid to help adjust or move bed confined individuals.
Adult Protective Underwear account for 46% of retail sales because they have many advantages over briefs. Protective Underwear hold as much as most adult briefs. Since the stretch to fit, they are easier for someone taking care of themselves to step into just like traditional underwear. Protective underwear are more discreet. Adult incontinence effects more women than men so most products are designed to work for women. However protective underwear have designs for both men and women which place the absorbent where it is needed. Unisex Protective Underwear cost less than gender specific versions. Boxers for men will be available by the summer of 2012.
Bladder Control Pads for Women and Male Guards provide great protection for light incontinence. Both are used in cotton underwear but specially designed underwear with leak proof liners are available. Bladder Control Pads are commonly used after childbirth and are designed to reduce odor and lower the pH of urine. Male Guards are commonly used after prostate procedures.
If you need help choosing the appropriate products, several companies have qualified customer service representatives that can explain the differences. Purchasing a package of an item before you buy the whole case is a great idea. This allows you to test the quality and the fit. Even the best quality products leak if they are too large so consider buying a few different packages. Most websites that offer FREE or low cost samples are hoping to capture your email or phone number. Trying six different products in a row will just lead to confusion about which one worked.
Home health caregivers know more about incontinence products than your doctor or most nurses because they simply assist more people to use them. Finding a local caregiver if your taking care of a loved one, just makes good sense.