Which incontinence products are recommended if bedridden or with reduced mobility
Learn how our wide range of incontinence products such as briefs, underwear, pads and others, can make your recovery easier and help you get back on your feet with confidence.
What is the link between incontinence and recovery?
After undergoing surgery or a medical treatment, or suffering an injury, you may be bedridden or have difficulty getting around for a while. In this case, you may need to use incontinence products if you are unable to make it to the washroom when you need to. This is what’s known as functional incontinence, since neither your bladder nor your intestines are at fault.
How to choose the right incontinence product (briefs, underwear, pads and others)
Which incontinence products should be used if forced to stay in bed?
What you'll need:
If you expect to be bedridden, incontinence briefs are a convenient and effective option. These types of incontinence products have side tabs, which make them easier to pull on and off, even when you’re required to stay seated or lying down. Side tabs also allow you to adjust briefs so they fit snugly, so as to guard against leakage.
You can also use a bedpan or urinal. Some people prefer to use these types of devices during the day, and to wear incontinence briefs at night only.
Remember to protect your mattress and furniture with disposable or washable underpads.
Tip: Remove soiled absorbency briefs as soon as possible. Wash skin with mild soap and dry thoroughly. Apply protective cream or zinc ointment to reduce the risk of irritation (rash).
Which incontinence product should I choose if I have impaired mobility?
What you'll need:
If you use a walking aid (e.g., cane, walker, or crutches), or if your walking is slowed by an illness, you may experience occasional leakage if you are unable to reach the washroom in time.
To avoid having to rush, which increases your risk of falling, you can opt to use incontinence underwear, pads, or guards.
Incontinence underwear offers discreet protection, replacing your usual underwear.
- It is important to choose the right size: If the underwear is too small, it’ll be uncomfortable; if it’s too big, it may leak. Before you leave the house, take your measurements so you’ll have everything in hand to choose the right size. Ask your pharmacist or home health care specialist to help you pick the right size or look on the side of the package; there usually is a size scale.
Adhesive-backed incontinence pads and guards are secured to regular underwear. Be sure to position them correctly, to avoid leakage:
- Women: Position pad in the centre of the panty crotch panel.
- Men: Position the guard towards the front of your briefs. Wear form-fitting briefs that hold the guard snug against your body .
Avoid using sanitary pads, which are not designed to absorb urine or control odour.
Tip: Make sure you have easy access to the bathroom. If need be, relocate furniture and remove rugs or knick-knacks that could cause you to trip.
How can my pharmacy help with urinary incontinence?
Your pharmacist or home health care specialist is there to provide valuable advice about incontinence products and any other medical supplies you may need, e.g., bathroom safety devices, etc. If you are unsure which size or absorbency level is best for you, ask your pharmacist.
Some pharmacies offer orthopedic materials and services to help you stay active during recovery. Check for diem® health Active Living in participating pharmacies.
If you are planning a surgery, prepare yourself with incontinence pads prior to your hospital visit. Better be safe than sorry!
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The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.