Choosing the Best Incontinence Product
Life’s choices are best navigated through the experience of others. As an Aging Life Care Professional, you guide clients and families through a complex maze of resources and options to facilitate successful aging in place. Incontinence is an issue which needs to be addressed to reduce social isolation, prevent secondary health issues and reduce the need for long term care admission. Beyond the need for timely medical intervention, selecting the appropriate products to effectively manage incontinence will play a pivotal role in the quality of life of your clients and their caregivers.
Advertisements and personal care aisles of stores feature products which lead one to believe that their products will be the best solution for any person struggling with incontinence. It is not that easy. No two people or their incontinence challenges are alike.
A number of factors must be considered in making the best product choice. Daytime needs and nighttime incontinence product needs are different. Fall risk and the need for overnight staff assistance can be limited by proper product use. The incontinence’s degree of bother to the client and caregivers along with medical history, medication regimen are key factors in product choice. The frequency, volume and source of incontinence, physical abilities, lifestyle and mental acuity of the client will steer the decision regarding the product style, features and absorbency for the client’s unique needs.
Optimally absorbing and containing products should be selected to preserve dignity, promote continence through toileting and allow ease of client use. Common errors leading to ‘product failure’ and leakage include the use of cumbersome products, double product use and the use of oversized products which are not ‘body close’.
Consulting with a Continence Management Product Consultant will allow you and your client to explore product options based upon a detailed review of the situation and to sample a variety of products. As an Aging Life Care Professional, involving those who are directly involved in the care of the client in the phone consultation process will be beneficial to the success of your efforts. Contact Disposables Delivered for a free consultation and samples at 1-866-613-3251.