Of the many challenging health concerns which a person can deal with over the course of their life, few are as inconvenient and sensitive as incontinence. Many people associate incontinence with advanced age, but that is hardly a requirement for the condition. Injuries, illness, and other factors can all contribute to patients suffering from varying degrees of incontinence.
In adjusting to life with incontinence, many patients will find that their already difficult situation can be further complicated by the sheer wealth of products that are offered to mitigate the symptoms of incontinence. Patients and their caregivers will find that with the wealth of different kinds of incontinence offerings, there is a product for every person’s individual needs.
Many people equate incontinence treatment most strongly with adult disposable briefs, commonly referred to as diapers. Diapers often offer the highest degree of absorbency of all available incontinence products, making them an excellent choice for patients with heavy or severe incontinence. Diapers are adjusted on the sides using wings, a belt-like component, or most commonly, tabs. By using this adjustability, diapers can be tailored to a specific patient’s size and comfort. Diapers are frequently used cases where a patient may have a caregiver, or be immobilized in some way. This is because diapers can be removed and changed without needing to remove pants or other clothing articles. This added convenience can make frequent changes more accommodating for both the patient and any caregiver or assistant they may have. Among all available incontinence offerings, disposable briefs are probably the most prevalent.
For patients who are more mobile and with light to moderate incontinence, many people will opt for adult disposable pull ups, also called disposable underwear. Pull ups function much in the way that traditional undergarments do, and can be pulled on over the legs and worn just like normal clothing articles. Since pants, shoes, and other clothing must be removed to change pull ups, they are recommended for patients who do not need to change their incontinence products as frequently. Many patients who experience only intermittent incontinence will find that disposable pull ups are a great option for times when they cannot quickly make it to a bathroom. Most pull up products have an elastic waistband for comfort and fit, making wearing them much less of an adjustment since they function much like normal undergarments.
Lastly, many patients who experience intermittent or nighttime incontinence will find utility with disposable underpads, commonly called Chux. These absorbent, disposable pads are frequently placed under the patient with incontinence in bed at night, on the sofa, or in a chair where they spend a great deal of time. With quilted absorbent layers on top and a protective leak proof bottom, Chux provide a last line of defense against leaks onto mattresses or furniture, protecting these surfaces, and keeping the patient’s skin dry in order to aid with cleanup and bacteria prevention. Many patients with severe incontinence will utilize both Chux and a disposable brief or pull up in order to provide maximum protection against leaks and accidents.
Dealing with incontinence can be a radical life change, but it does not have to diminish a patient’s quality of life, or be a source of anxiety. Some insurance programs such as Medicaid will even pay for these products for patients with medically documented incontinence. To see if you qualify for your incontinence products through insurance, simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and let Aeroflow take care of the rest. Aeroflow Healthcare also offers a full range of incontinence products, and can ship directly to your home, saving inconvenient and potentially embarrassing trips to the store.
If you or someone you know is suffering from incontinence, call Aeroflow Healthcare today to speak with one of our Patient Care Representatives about choosing the right incontinence product for your unique personal needs. We can help you navigate the many diverse incontinence offerings available, and help you find the right product for you or a loved one’s unique needs.