What’s better than spending time with family over a big meal, watching the game on TV, and browsing inserts for Black Friday’s top deals? Doing all of that without worrying that you’ll have an accident due to incontinence.
Next week, people across the country will load into their cars and travel to visit family and celebrate Thanksgiving. Whether you’re going across town or across the country, you want to be comfortable and secure, having the appropriate protection to suit your lifestyle and needs.
Don’t let the social stigma of incontinence prevent you from seeking help and getting the supplies you need to address it head on. We hear sad stories from customers whose loved ones essentially stopped leaving the house for fear of leaks and embarrassment. With the right products, you can maintain your daily activities with confidence and get back to doing what you love—like going to your cousin’s house for Thanksgiving and having a hearty laugh with friends.
Here are 3 essential steps to overcoming incontinence insecurities
1. Understand Your Options
Embarrassed to talk about your incontinence issues? Don’t be. Your physician can help you assess what may be the root cause, such as diet, disease, or even just a gradual loss of control. Do some homework on incontinence treatment options and products that are appropriate for the types of activities you do. Different lifestyles have different needs, so a person who is bedbound will benefit from a different incontinence product than someone who uses a wheelchair versus someone who is mobile. Learn the differences in briefs, pads, and special underwear designed to accommodate liners. Compare brands and styles. How do they score for absorbency? Are they designed for easy application if you have dexterity issues? How thin are they? Your local home medical equipment supplier can walk you through your options and offer experienced advice, as can countless online review sites that evaluate product performance. Find what works best for you.
2. Know What Fits
A properly fitted incontinence product goes a long way in ensuring your protection and preventing complications like skin damage and breakdown. Avoid the common “bigger is better” misconception since it won’t absorb more—it will only be baggy, cause friction on your skin, and have issues wicking away moisture. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how it should be worn. Manufacturers will provide sizing information, instructing you where to take measurements and providing application tips such as not touching the interior part of an incontinence diaper.
3. Plan in Advance
As with many other areas of life, it pays to be prepared. Plan in advance for your trip, bringing extra incontinence supplies so that you can regularly change them as needed (this also helps avoid prolonged exposure and minimizes odors). Pack a change of clothes so that you have something to change into should an accident occur. Not sure what to do with the incontinence products once they are soiled? Bring a few scented disposable bags so that you can discretely dispose of the them. Be mindful of the times in which restrooms will not be as accessible, such as while driving, and moderate fluid intake the 30 minutes prior, and be mindful of using diuretics. (Of course, please stay hydrated!) You may also want to bring a portable male or female urinal should you not have easy access to the bathroom. A proactive approach to planning for your trip will empower you to deal with incontinence in a productive way.
The right absorbent products will help you manage incontinence, reduce risk of wound complications, and minimize risk of accidents. By following these three steps, you are on your way to a fuller, more confident lifestyle.