Spoil for Choice – Right Pad, Right Time

Spoil for Choice – Right Pad, Right Time

With so many different disposable incontinence pads available in the marketplace choosing the best pad for the needs of you or your loved one can become onerous and confusing. Here are some tips to consider that may simplify the choices you make; Does the pad hold all the urine loss? Is it cost effective long term? Is it easy to apply correctly? Is it too bulky? Will it protect my skin? Will I feel confident going about my daily activities knowing all the leakage will be contained in the pad. Much research has gone into the development of disposable urinary incontinence pads. These waterproof pads are designed to draw the urine away from the outer layer of the pad sitting next to your skin so that your skin remains dry and the pad is free of odour. The capacity of an incontinence pad commonly refers to how much urine the pad can effectively absorb without any leakage and may be displayed on the packaging as drops or millilitres(mls). Pad sizing varies from extra small to extra-large and usually refers to waist measurement. Within a pad range the same size pad can have several capacity options, for example an extra small nappy style pad may have a small, medium and large capacity. Within the disposable incontinence pad ranges available, there is also a variety of styles to choose from; Pads with a sticky strip that goes inside your underpants Underpants style products (pull ups) Two piece systems- large pads without a sticky strip designed to be worn inside firm fitting pants Nappy style pads (all in one products) Booster pads...
Improving toilet accessibility can reduce urinary incontinence

Improving toilet accessibility can reduce urinary incontinence

Toilet accessibility may need to be addressed if you or a family member needs to visit the toilet frequently because of a bladder or bowel problem. Small changes can have a big impact, and it starts with altering physical barriers and daily routine. Physical Barriers Remove any clutter in the pathway to the toilet and illuminate the toilet pathway and area overnight. If someone is struggling with incontinence, be sure that he or she is dressed in clothing that can be undone or removed with ease. Avoid zippers, ties and buttons – especially with young children or someone with a physical or cognitive disability. It’s important that the toilet is at the correct height to ensure that feet are firmly placed on the ground and that it is easy to get on and off the toilet. If necessary, install handrails for safety and accessibility. Ensure that the toilet is well lit, warm, clean and free of foul odours Routine Factors Routine is important in all aspects of life – and maintaining continence is no exception! In some cases, an individual may not recognize the need to use the toilet. Having a daily routine for meals, exercise and using the toilet will help avoid instances of incontinence. Keep a diary of when the person has the urge to toilet (or is incontinent), and encourage him or her to visit the toilet at those times. Be aware of the individual’s habits and body language. If you notice an increased amount of fidgeting, that may be a sign that a toilet is needed. Alternatives to Toilets If toilet accessibility continues to be...
Staying free from Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Staying free from Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are a relatively common, but unpleasant problem which affects the bladder and/or kidneys. Symptoms may include; changes in bladder habits, burning pain with urination, back or tummy pain, urinary urgency, incontinence, a high fever and even delirium if left untreated. Not all infections are easy to detect and some people may feel only mildly unwell or have unexplained changes to their bladder habits. Carers of people who cannot communicate clearly often report that the only outward indication of a UTI may be strong smelling urine or a change in mood or behaviour. Women and the elderly have a higher risk of UTI. Most urinary infections are caused by a bacteria that has made it’s way into the bladder via the urethra or via continence aids such as a catheter. This requires direct contact between the entrance to the bladder and the bacteria. Bad smells and public toilet seats are not to blame because they do not make contact with that part of the body. UTI is more likely to be caused by: Poor wiping techniques after toileting. It is important to wipe from front to back, particularly after a bowel action. Bacteria that belong in the bowel can cause problems if they get into the urethra and bladder. Bacteria on your hands or other surfaces making contact with the urethra or continence aids. Make sure you know the correct clean techniques for using catheters and use single use catheters where possible. Care workers should wash their hands well and wear gloves for intimate care. Broken, wet and fragile skin is more susceptible to infection –...
‘Core’ Lessons

‘Core’ Lessons

When I was a teenager (Terry), I was looking for a way to feel great in the white jumpsuits made so popular by ABBA (Yes, I’m that old!) I enjoyed running and cycling to keep fit but I was thrilled when my Dad gave me a little paperback book apparently directly from the Royal Canadian Air Force which he credited with helping him maintain his lean physique. (He was about 45, already ancient in my mind, but admittedly still fit enough to beat my brothers at squash)