Choosing the Right Incontinence Products
Of the many challenging health concerns which a person can deal with over the course of their life, few areas inconvenient and sensitive as incontinence. Many people associate incontinence with advanced age, but that is hardly a requirement for the condition. Injuries, illness, and other factors can all contribute to patients suffering from varying degrees of incontinence. Choosing the right incontinence product or products is absolutely critical when it comes to managing this difficult condition.
Choosing the right incontinence product comes down to 2 main questions. The first is the degree of incontinence present. Many patients have stress incontinence, the mildest and most manageable form, which in some cases, can be managed with simple bladder control pads, sometimes called poise pads. Other patients may have functional, urge, or other more severe types of incontinence. These will necessitate a higher degree of absorbency, no matter what type of product a patient chooses. The second question in choosing the right incontinence product is the overall type of product or products which will be used.
Many people equate incontinence treatment most strongly with adult disposable briefs, commonly referred to as diapers. Diapers often offer the highest degree of absorbency of all available incontinence products, making them an excellent choice for patients with heavy or severe incontinence. Diapers are adjusted on the sides using wings, a belt-like component, or most commonly, tabs. By using this adjustability, diapers can be tailored to a specific patient’s size and comfort. Diapers are frequently used cases where a patient may have a caregiver or be immobilized in some way. This is because diapers can be removed and changed without needing to remove pants or other clothing articles. This added convenience can make frequent changes more accommodating for both the patient and any caregiver or assistant they may have.
Patients who are more mobile and with light to moderate incontinence may choose adult disposable pull-ups, also called disposable underwear. Pull-ups function much in the way that traditional undergarments do, and can be pulled on over the legs and worn just like normal clothing articles. Since pants, shoes, and other clothing must be removed to change pull-ups, they are recommended for patients who do not need to change their incontinence products as frequently. Many patients who experience only intermittent incontinence will find that disposable pull-ups are a great option for times when they cannot quickly make it to a bathroom. Most pull up products have an elastic waistband for comfort and fit, making wearing them much less of an adjustment since they function much like normal undergarments.
Patients who experience intermittent or nighttime incontinence may choose disposable underpads, commonly called Chux, as their primary or secondary incontinence product. These absorbent and protectant disposable pads are frequently placed under the patient with incontinence in bed at night, on the sofa, or in a chair where they spend a great deal of time. With quilted absorbent layers on top and a protective leak-proof bottom, Chux provides the last line of defense against leaks onto mattresses or furniture, protecting these surfaces, and keeping the patient’s skin dry in order to aid with cleanup and bacteria prevention. Many patients with severe incontinence will utilize both Chux and a disposable brief or pull up in order to provide maximum protection against leaks and accidents.
Dealing with incontinence can be a radical life change, but it does not have to diminish a patient’s quality of life, or be a source of anxiety. Some insurance programs such as Medicaid will even pay for these products for patients with medically documented incontinence. If you are interested in qualifying for your incontinence products through insurance, you can simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form. Upon submission, our Patient Care Representatives will work directly with your insurance provider and physician to determine your coverage and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your incontinence options and shipment date.
Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.