“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
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.
More than 26 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence, and of those people, 2 percent are affected by nighttime incontinence, or adult bedwetting. This condition can be difficult to maintain, leading to frustrations with wet beds and skin infections. Read below to find out what essentials you need to protect against nighttime incontinence:
If you experience nighttime incontinence or adult bedwetting, you’ll need a brief designed for nighttime use. These briefs and underwear feature multiple layers of highly absorbent material that wick urine away from the skin. Many of these products also have special characteristics, such as leg guards and high waist panels, to prevent leakage onto the sheets.
The cold winter months of this season can be especially harmful to the skin. Our skin becomes red, itchy and cracked due to excessive dryness. For elderly adults, the effects are more critical as the skin is thinner and more sensitive. Here are some simple ways to keep your elderly loved one’s skin healthy during the cold weather:
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. The key thing is to moisturize the skin daily, especially after bathing while the skin is still damp. Look for a thick cream, preferably something that is oil-based and contains glycerine. Pay close attention to your hands and feet, as those take the most damage.
My elderly mom is bedridden and incontinent. How do I keep her skin clean and healthy?
Bedridden individuals who are also incontinent have a high risk of developing pressure sores and diaper rashes, so it’s very important to maintain personal hygiene. As a caregiver, there are several things you can do to ensure that your mother’s skin stays dry, yet moisturized, and healthy:
- Provide your mom with quality adult diapers with fast wicking capabilities. The Tranquility All-Through-the-Night briefs feature a highly absorbent core that pulls liquid away from the skin, keeping it dry and free of harmful urine deposits. For extra protection, use a booster pad, which will add to the capacity limit of the diaper.