Incontinence briefs provide freedom, protection and comfort. However, they can often be difficult to change.
What are Incontinence Briefs?
In contrast to incontinence pads, incontinence briefs are designed in a pant style. They feel just like normal underwear, maintaining discretion and providing comfort. Incontinence briefs can be worn in place of normal underwear. Incontinence briefs are typically designed for lighter incontinence, as they have less absorbency than pull up pants and incontinence pads.
Incontinence briefs can be much harder to put on and take off than other products. Their suitability therefore depends on yours and the user’s physical capability. Most people who are bed bound or have low mobility need assistance from a carer to change the pants. If this duty becomes too difficult, you may want to consider trying an all in one or incontinence pad. These products tend to be easier to change in a lying down position.
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Choosing an Incontinence Brief
Size is important when it comes to incontinence briefs. A product that is too big has a huge risk of leakage, as it does not provide a close fit. A good idea is to buy a sample incontinence brief for whoever you are taking care of.
When buying a disposable incontinence brief for someone you are caring for, bear in mind the following factors:
- The heaviness of their incontinence. You want to choose a brief if their incontinence is lighter and a brief will hold their leaks.
- Their personal preferences. Individuals often a preferable colour, comfort or size. If someone has a cognitive impairment or are unable to communicate with you clearly about this, it can help to try different products. It may be that they seem distressed and uncomfortable one brief, which often means they are too tight.
Recommended Incontinence Briefs
UNISEX WHITE BRIEFS
- Built in pad stitched higher at the front
- 100% Cotton
- Full bodied unisex style
Ladies Cotton Comfy Plus
- Decorative Lace Trim
- Waterproof Backing
- Comfortable Waistband
Men's Washable Y Front Shorts
- Traditional Y Front Opening
- Look and feel like normal underwear
- Maximum Comfort
Changing the Briefs
When it comes to changing the briefs for a loved one or a patient, bear in mind three important things: comfort, hygiene and dignity.
The Comfort of the Patient
It could be that your loved one or patient is immobile or simply needs a bit of assistance. If they are lying down and need complete assistance, start by ensuring they are in a comfortable position. In a brief, an individual should only have light to moderate urine loss. However, it can help their dignity to ensure they are laid on a protective sheet. If the patient's bed is adjustable, raise the entire bed to a comfortable height. Then lower the head of the bed as far down to horizontal as is comfortable. If the individual is lying down, let them know what is happening each step of the way to ensure they feel in-the-know about the changing process. Place one hand on their hip and another on their shoulder. You should then gently roll him away from you onto his side. Wipe up what you can before moving the pant for cleanliness. Then remove the pants as gently as possible. Similarly, when replacing the pants, be as careful as you can whilst informing them of each step.
Hygiene is important for both you and the patient. You want to ensure their skin is protected and safe, whilst ensuring you protect yourself at the same time.
The following tips can ensure the process is hygienic:
- always wear disposable gloves (available from the supermarkets or chemists) when in contact with urine or faeces to protect yourself.
- wash and carefully pat dry the skin each time you change the pad.
- use barrier creams and moisturisers. These are vital for protecting the skin from perspiration, urine or faeces but check with the pharmacist about whether the cream chosen will affect the absorbency of the pad. This is vital for preventing incontinence associated dermatitis.
Having someone else change an incontinence product can be debilitating for an individual. Avoid coming across as patronizing or talking down to an individual. Put yourself in their shoes and consider their feelings during the process. Having a sense of humour can lighten things and lessen any embarrassment they may have. Learning their preferred terminology is also important. Different people may have very different preferred terminology when it comes to incontinence, so its important to be on the same wave length as the individual.