Long Term Care
Tips & Helpful Information
Identifying Patients’ Needs
What guidelines do you follow when diagnosing and helping patients with varying degrees of incontinence? Evaluation is key to providing effective treatment. Obtain an accurate medical history of patients along with a list of current medications before beginning any treatments.
The first step toward caring for a person experiencing long term LOBC symptoms is identifying their degree of incontinence, which can then be followed by effective, targeted treatment. Obtain a list of medications, as well as an accurate medical history, before beginning treatment. Visit Caring For Women and Caring For Men for more information about gender-specific care, and learn more about best practices for cleanliness, exercise, diet and lifestyle adjustments.
In a treatment facility, it’s important to respond to a patient’s unique needs. Start by setting a schedule to check on every person under your care and evaluating whether or not they are using the proper products. Respond to accidents with immediacy and make sure to go through all the recommended cleanliness steps to ensure that the patient is comfortable. This will also reduce acute transfers like urinary tract infections.
Choosing the Right Absorbent Hygiene Products for Incontinence
For more information about the different levels of incontinence, visit our product page.
Light Leakage products include pantiliners, bladder control pads, and male guards. All of these products are worn inside of undergarments, and depending on the product itself can range in absorbency levels.
Moderate Leakage products include bladder control pads, male guards, boxers for men, and protective underwear. Learn more about each variety on our products page, or use the product widget to determine which type of product is appropriate for the type of incontinence being experienced.
Heavy Leakage products protect the wearer against reflex, overflow and functional incontinence, as well as complete lack of bladder/bowel control and limited mobility. The best products for heavy incontinence include, briefs for men or women, and underpads—which are disposable and can be placed on surfaces to protect against leakage.
All disposable products are single-use only.
Getting the Most from Our LOBC Products
Determining which product is suited to the wearer’s needs is important for containing leaks as well as protecting skin and promoting a comfortable, healthy lifestyle. Estimating the needs of the wearer is important, particularly when it comes to fit: the number one reason that a LOBC product is ineffective is due to it being too loose or large.
Products should feel comfortably snug. Additionally, pay close attention to skin irritation, which can be effects of infrequent product changes, inadequate skincare, or infrequent turning.
Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing a Product
Products should never be doubled, and wearing double the recommended number of products does not help contain LOBC accidents. It is also important to accurately estimate the type of incontinence and level of incontinence in order to best determine which product is right for the wearer and which will provide the highest level of protection.