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What to look for in incontinence care products?
You might think that incontinence care products are all fairly similar but there are certain features that can make a significant difference to the physical comfort and wellbeing of the person you care for as well as potentially making your role as a carer just a little bit easier. This section is a practical guide to explain the factors in incontinence protection that can impact on quality of care and ease of giving care.
Achieving the best possible care
The most important part of good incontinence care is to ensure both the physical and emotional comfort of your loved one, and the key to this is using the products that provide maximum care and prevent the negative side effects that incontinence can cause. Things like leaks, waking to a damp mattress or skin irritation have physical, emotional and time consuming consequences.
So what are the factors that help avoid these consequences?
• Protection with rapid absorption to draw urine away from the skin means no uncomfortable dampness or seep back
• Products designed around your loved one’s individual physical and mental state increase comfort and reduce product usage
• Less dampness means less risk of skin irritation – particularly if your loved one has to sit or lie down for long periods due to disability or injury.
• If your loved one needs to be changed in a lying position, products designed for this will reduce the strain and risk of injury to the carers back
• Fewer leaks mean less risk of waking to and dealing with a damp mattress
• Fewer leaks mean fewer night-time disturbances for you and your loved one
• Fewer leaks mean fewer intrusive changes and less laundry
• Fewer leaks mean less fear of embarrassment and social withdrawal
• Less skin irritation reduces the need for additional skin medication
• A wetness indicator can reduce unnecessary changes
• Finding the right absorbency and size for your loved one: you don’t necessarily need to go for the highest absorbency and you may need different products for day and night-time usage.
• Using products that are safe for the skin of the person you care for.
So effective care means choosing incontinence protection that takes all the above factors into account, ensuring maximum comfort for your loved one and helping to minimise the time and physical strain of incontinence care within your overall care routine. If you feel the products you are currently prescribed are not performing as well as they should then you should speak to your healthcare advisor about trying alternatives.
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