Making the Transition to Adult Diapers

Jun 21, 2016

Making the Transition to Adult Diapers

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Growing old comes with pleasantries, like retirement and grandchildren, but it also has its detriments, such as the possibility of declining health and more. Fortunately, many of the unfavorable things that coincide with aging have treatments and even some quick fixes.

Incontinence is a term that refers to any involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control, and it affects over 25 million Americans every year. While incontinence can affect individuals of any age, it’s typically a symptom that corresponds with age-related disorders. Incontinence, like most diseases and disorders, ranges in severity.

When to Consider Adult Diapers

As you can imagine, incontinence can be a rather embarrassing disorder to cope with, and when it starts to become more prevalent, it’s important that precautionary measures are taken.

The suggestion of wearing adult diapers is not always taken kindly by seniors, but if accidents are becoming more common and the person is having more difficulty controlling their bladder and/or bowels, adult diapers are a great idea! To help with this transition, most recommend choosing a word other than diaper, which has an infantile connotation. Instead, adult diapers are most often called protective underwear.

Why Should a Senior Wear Protective Underwear?

Helping a senior make the transition to wearing protective underwear might take some convincing, but throughout the entire process, make sure to remind the senior that making this adjustment will make their lives better. Here are some ideas to bring up when speaking to a parent or loved one about why they should wear protective underwear:

  • Wearing protective underwear will help prevent embarrassing accidents.
  • Protective underwear will limit the amount of clothes that are ruined and lessen the amount of laundry that needs to be done.
  • Protective underwear styles have come a long way, and are much more advanced now. They are now similar to real underwear, and much more comfortable.

Throughout all of this, it is important to continue to remind the senior that this is simply a precautionary measure. There may be times when a senior wears an adult diaper and doesn’t make use of it, but they should still be worn just in case.

An Introduction to Protective Underwear

Having to buy, wear, and change adult protective underwear is a whole new world, and rather confusing for many people. Most people have questions from how they are made, what brands are best and even the disadvantages of protective underwear. Here are facts you need to know before making the transition to adult diapers or protective underwear:

  • The average pair holds waste for up to six hours, but if you are aware of an accident, it should be changed as soon as possible.
  • Today, almost all brand are disposable, but there are still brands that are washable.
  • While wearing protective underwear, frequent changes, and adamant hygiene are extremely important to avoid rashes, infections, and other problems.

The top brands of adult protective underwear vary regularly, but the list typically contains these ten brands:

  • Attends – This brand has been around for more than three decades and is typically voted the top brand in adult protective underwear.
  • Tranquility – This trusted brand’s primary focus is sensitive skin.
  • Depend – This brand is very familiar to most, and is typically ranked within the top five brands.
  • Prevail – Prevail is popular for its customizable sizes and styles.
  • Tena – Tena offers more than just adult diapers, but also pads and other protective wear.
  • PER-FIT – PER-FIT is known for being one of the more affordable brands.
  • Wings – Wings is a brand best known for being popular with males, due to the convenient shape.
  • Select – Select is a great brand for those that use this product daily.
  • Dignity – Dignity is a popular brand for its fit and having various sizes available.
  • Maxi Care – Maxi Care is known for creating belter disposable undergarments.

Learning to cope with incontinence can be a frustrating time, but it doesn’t have to be! For more questions about incontinence, or what products might be right for a specific individual, please consult a physician.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is bladder training?

It’s just what it sounds like! Patients either practice controlling the urge, set specific times to visit the bathroom to avoid accidents, or practice double voiding. Double voiding is the idea of completely emptying the bladder by urinating then urinating again after a few minutes.

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