Incontinence can have a huge impact on anyone, particularly those with Dementia. Finding an ideal product for someone with Dementia is vital in helping them live life to the fullest.
It is firstly important to consider that each person will have different needs and different products will work best for each person. However, it is important to consider the following questions before choosing a product for someone with incontinence and Dementia:
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Would they Prefer to Wear their Normal Underwear?
Pull up pants are specially designed pants that have a built-in absorbent gusset to absorb liquid and allow freedom of movement. However, bear in mind that the person you are caring for may feel more comfortable in their own underwear. If this is the case, opt for pads or other absorbent products that they can wear with their own underwear. By asking them what they’d feel comfortable in and using your own judgment, you can determine whether or not they’d prefer to stick to their own underwear. You can purchase a variety of pads to go inside their own underwear if they would feel more comfortable wearing these.
Do they Leak During the Night?
Leaks during the night are often heavier and require more protection. If the person you are caring for normally wears a shaped pad during the day for example, consider another product such as an all in one for use during the night. However, make sure they are comfortable in the product. People with Dementia can often be scared of drastic change, so ensure you choose a product as similar to their day time product as possible. It is also vital to consider the position of their body while sleeping. Incontinence products work best when they are firmly pressed to the skin, and some positions can cause the product to shift away from the body. Some products fit more secure and closely than others, so ensure you choose a nighttime product that is not too baggy.
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Are they Mobile or Immobile?
For individuals who are immobile, pull up pants can be incredibly hard to put on and take off. All in ones are much easier to remove, as they often have Velcro tabs for simple removal. All in one pads can also be fitted in a sitting position and even a lying down position. Dementia patients with good mobility also tend to prefer smaller pads which they can change frequently. Pull up pants are another popular option for mobile patients, as they have a stretchy material and provide freedom of movement.
How Heavy are their Leaks?
Obviously, you need to consider an individuals’ mobility and individual preference before buying a product. However, you need to ensure the product is absorbent enough for the person you are caring for. Different levels of incontinence require different kinds of products. If the individual has very severe incontinence, an all in one is the most effective option. Some pull up pant products are also ideal for heavier incontinence. For light incontinence, pads are the most popular option. You can purchase pads designed specially for men and women that have a range of different absorbency levels. You can also find pull up pants that are perfect for light incontinence.
What Size do they Need?
Comfort is vital to an individual with incontinence, as they will be wearing the product for a while at a time. Choosing the correct size is important in determining how comfortable and secure they will feel. You should measure their waist by finding the top of their hips and the base of their rib cage. Wrap the measuring tape around their waist and find an accurate measure. For pull up pants in particular, success is all about proper sizing. Ensure the product does not droop or dangle away from the body when worn. Ensure the waist fits snugly, and the product makes firm contact around the legs. A good indicator of whether incontinence underwear is the correct size is the location of the fastener when the product is worn. Remember that legs can cause leakage, so it is important to ensure the fit is secure.
If the person you are caring for finds it hard to adjust to products, you can try and incorporate underpants as a natural part of getting dressed in the morning. It is also vital to make the person with Dementia understand why they are in a product. Try and make them understand that if they wear the product, they will not have an accident or have to rush to the bathroom.
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