Senior Health

9/5/2017 | By Seniors Guide Staff

It’s not easy to choose your incontinence product that fits you best; it may not be a good idea to pick up a product by brand name only.  Instead, choose the product that will work best for you.  The important features of an incontinence product are leak protection, comfortable fit and absorbency. Find a well-balanced product.  Not all incontinence products are created equal!

Keys to finding the perfect product for you or for your loved one:

  • Avoid chain stores

Chain stores have limited brands on the shelf and don’t provide a good amount of choices. They often exclude certain sizes and/or types. Avoid choosing one based solely on appearance of package. Visit web sites and do your research; educate yourself on all the available options.  This is crucial to picking the correct product!

  • Don’t just assume the brands you are familiar with will provide the best value. Know all your options!

Unfortunately, mass marketed national brands are not always the best products for your incontinence needs.  You deserve the highest quality products available to you. Often, you’ll find a better-quality product with better cost effectiveness.

  • Ask for free samples

Many incontinence product manufactures and providers will give you samples for free trials. Contact them, and ask for free samples!  Don’t hesitate to ask for 2 different sizes if you are in between the sizes, because the proper fit and size matters!

  • Check if it has leak protection

Find out what kind of leak protection the product provides. For example, some products have built in leakage barrier leg cuffs that provide the best leak protection!

Products that only advertise “excellent absorbency” are usually lacking a leak protection system; and often this “excellent absorbency” claim turns out to be unsatisfactory.  Those claiming only good absorbency performance from laboratory tests can mean inadequate performance.

  • Choose the correct size

Choosing the correct size is very important. It has a lot to do with preventing leakage and comfortable fit. If the fit is too tight, it is uncomfortable; while if too loose, it may not give you proper leak protection as intended. For a product to perform at its best, you need to choose the right size. Good manufactures provide a variety of sizes for this reason.

  • Wear as instructed

Adult incontinence products are not difficult to use; however, please read the instructions on the product’s package or the product brochures. Usually, you can find some helpful information.

  • Ask for a better option for a better solution

Do not hesitate to reach out to customer service with the incontinence product providers for consultation. Ask for other options. They will usually provide you with solutions, and with free samples for you to try!

  • Make sure of a comfortable fit

Incontinence products are worn every day. If it’s uncomfortable, you may want to look for a better one. If you are taking care of those who use incontinence products, please ask how the product feels when wearing.

  • Choose the best quality product, usually it ends up with less cost/waste

In many cases, one consumes a lot of incontinence products a day; such as 5 or 7 pieces a day. A cheap product requires more changes and creates more waste.  In contrast, a high-quality product requires less change and less waste.  As a result, you would spend a lot less money on the higher-quality incontinence products. In this way, a high-quality product is deemed cost effective as well.  Don’t be deceived by cheap price tags; you may want to evaluate your cost per day to be cost effective.

  • Don’t stay in a conventional way

There are more incontinence solutions than you know.  So many advances have been made in incontinence products! Try a new and advanced approach; the 2-piece system* for example, because it might be a better solution to your incontinence issues.

The 2-piece system uses 2 pieces, such as an insert pad and a brief, or an insert pad and a protective underwear. It is very convenient because it allows you to change the pad multiple times throughout the day without changing the brief or protective underwear. For example: instead of going through 5 briefs a day, you may only use 1 brief and 4 pads in a day. This way you can avoid waste and save money by purchasing the less expensive insert pads versus the more expensive briefs or protective underwear.

Seniors Guide Staff

Seniors Guide has been addressing traditional topics and upcoming trends in the senior living industry since 1999. We strive to educate seniors and their loved ones in an approachable manner, and aim to provide them with the right information to make the best decisions possible.

Seniors Guide Staff