This post is for those who are new to wearing incontinence briefs – whether you’re caring for someone with bladder problems or are experiencing the condition yourself.
Putting on and changing an adult diaper can be tricky, especially if you’ve never had practice before. The process is similar to changing a baby’s diaper. To make matters easier, Abena has created three visuals depicting how to change a loved one’s diaper while they’re lying down or in an upright position, as well as how to change your own brief while standing. This is a great resource as most instructions on changing an adult diaper don’t come with graphics.
These visuals describe how to put on an Abena Abri-Form Brief, which is one of the most absorbent diapers we carry. However, these instructions can be applied to all other brands of adult diapers.
Researchers from the UK are currently developing a “smart diaper” that will alert caregivers when an elderly patient has soiled their adult diaper. The Sensidry System features a moisture-sensitive strip that attaches to a transmitter inside the patient’s diaper. When the diaper becomes wet, an electronic signal is sent to a receiver, which then sends a text message to the caretaker.
According to creator Avtar Chagger, the goal of Sensidry is to help patients maintain their dignity.
“My elderly parent just started wearing Depends. Recently, I’ve noticed some rashes on my dad’s bottom. Can you tell me why this is happening?”
Adult diaper rashes can be caused by two main factors:
- Not changing the diaper enough
- Using the wrong diaper
Today marks the 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This year’s theme is Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer a serious fall this year. Twenty to thirty percent of older adults who fall will suffer injuries such as hip fractures and head traumas, which can hinder their independence. Many of these falls occur at home, particularly in the bathroom or while the individual is trying to get to the bathroom. By following these safety tips below, you can help your elderly loved one stay balanced and free of fall risks:
- Tidy up. Make sure the pathway to the toilet is open and free of clutter. You don’t want your loved one to trip over a box or stumble over an electrical cord, especially when they’re in a rush.
Skin health and personal hygiene are critical when taking care of a loved one who is both incontinent and bedridden. Staying in bed for long hours, while wearing an adult diaper can cause painful pressure sores (bed sores) on the skin. If left untreated, pressure sores can be deadly. Below are five incontinence products that’ll help keep your bedridden loved one’s skin healthy:
- An extra absorbent brief. The briefs with the tape tabs, not the ones you pull up on, are best for bedridden patients for two reasons. First, they’re typically thicker and more absorbent than pull up underwear. Secondly, unlike pull ups, adult briefs are easier to put on and take off the user. Abena, Tena and Tranquility make some of the most absorbent adult diapers on the market.