The following is a list of incontinence products organized by broad product category and not intended to be all inclusive. This selection will give the patient a valuable tool in the way of a vocabulary to better discuss ways to deal with incontinence. No matter whether this discussion is occurring with a physician, a nurse, a caregiver or speaking with our staff about specific needs, these tools will make all the difference in obtaining a product that best fits a patient’s needs.
For the practitioner or caregiver, this list and short description will also assist you in determining what approaches are available, what is appropriate given the level of incontinence and where to go next in the discussion about what is the most appropriate product to provide good incontinence control balanced with an acceptable quality of life.
Do not hesitate to discuss this with our staff and we invite you to come in to see the selection and to better understand the absorption capabilities, type of materials used as well as the size, shape and discreet nature of today’s incontinence products.
Bedpads, also referred to as soakers or underpads, are used for bed or chair incontinence protection. Bedpads are designed to be placed under the person with incontinence or any other issue that would result in leakage. Bedpads offer protection to the furniture or car that may get soiled due to any leakage. They are effective in absorbing leakage, reducing odors and maintaining dryness.
Available in a reusable, environmentally friendly washable fabric and disposable, easy to use option. The reusable soakers are sold individually and are available in the following sizes: 17”x24”, 24”x34”, 30”x34”, 34”x36” and 34”x45”. The disposable soakers are sold either individually or in packages of twenty-five and are available in the following sizes: 17”x24”, 23”x24” and 23”x36”.
A mattress protector is a fitted product used to cover the entire mattress in a waterproof pad that creates a barrier to protect the mattress from any spills and staining. They are a good option for anyone who has incontinence issues as they are removable and washable. They help the incontinent person to maintain their dignity as they are made of a soft, quiet material. They are available in a range of sizes to accommodate the various mattresses. A similar product that is available is a pillow protector.
Protective underwear is an adult pull up used by anyone who is experiencing urinary or bowel incontinence. Pull ups are the incontinence product with the second highest level of absorbency. They are a pull on style but they have tear away sides for easy removal.
Some people that wear a pull-up during the day may need to wear a brief or diaper at night. There are numerous types of pull ups available on the market; however, they are not all created equal. It is important when selecting protective underwear to determine the appropriate size, typically determined by a hip or waist measurement. Also important is to find a product that has enough absorbency for what the wearer requires. Other considerations may also be the type of material that the underwear is constructed of, some materials may be quieter and more low profile under clothing. The right pull up ensures the wearer maintains dignity because it does not leak, absorbs odor and helps protect the skin from breakdown due to incontinence irritation.
Panty liners are urinary incontinence solutions that are used for light to moderate absorption. They are designed to be more absorbent than pads used for menstruation. They are a plastic backed pad that can be worn inside underwear or mesh briefs. Anyone who experiences a small loss of urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing, also known as stress incontinence, can maintain their dignity by wearing a panty liner. Such a small solution can help to absorb wetness and odors, saving you from any embarrassment.
Some women find that during or after pregnancy they have mild urinary incontinence and benefit from wearing a liner. There are several types of liners with varying levels of absorption, different lengths and even shapes.
For men there are liners that are specifically designed with a larger area of coverage at the front to provide optimal coverage for their anatomy. Also available are liners that are for moderate to heavy absorption, these liners are significantly larger than standard panty liners and are worn with a mesh brief to ensure the liner stays securely in place.
A fitted brief is an adult diaper used by anyone who is experiencing urinary or bowel incontinence. Briefs are the incontinence product with the highest level of absorbency. They have tabs on both sides to make putting the briefs on easier for a caregiver. Briefs are typically worn by anyone who has compromised mobility or is experiencing constant incontinence issues.
Some people that wear a pull-up during the day may need to wear a brief at night. There are numerous types of briefs available on the market; however, not all briefs are created equal. It is important when selecting a brief to determine the appropriate size, typically determined by a hip or waist measurement.
Also important is to find a product that has enough absorbency for what the wearer requires. Other considerations may also be the type of material that the brief is constructed of, some materials may be quieter and more low profile under clothing. The right brief ensures the wearer maintains dignity because the brief does not leak, absorbs odor and helps protect the skin from breakdown due to incontinence irritation.
Mesh briefs are a washable, reusable incontinence solution that is used in combination with a plastic backed liner. They are used to keep the liner securely in place. They are a soft, comfortable option for both men and women. The majority of mesh briefs on the market are latex free; they are also made without seams resulting in a suitable option for those who are susceptible to skin breakdown. Mesh briefs accommodate a large range of people as they are for hip sizes 20”-62”.
Booster Liners are a pad that is added to a brief, a pull-up or a plastic backed liner to increase the absorbency. Boosters are different from other liners because they do not have a plastic backing that is normally a part of a panty liner. Boosters are made of the same materials as the lining of the diapers, by placing the booster inside it adds extra thickness, resulting in a higher absorbency. There are a few different types of booster liners available ranging in thickness and absorbency rates.