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5 Innovative Ways to Manage Incontinence

Key Takeaways

  • Incontinence is a common challenge that can arise from various causes and doesn't have to define a person's life.
  • Innovative solutions beyond disposable briefs and activity restrictions exist to manage incontinence.
  • D-Free Bladder Monitoring Device uses ultrasound technology to track bladder fullness and sends notifications to a smartphone.
  • Washable underwear provide sustainable, cost-effective, and dignified incontinence management.
  • Bidet seats enhance hygiene, skin integrity, and comfort, especially for those with limited mobility.

Ready for more? Let's dive in!

Incontinence is something we rarely talk openly about but is a reality for millions of people around the world. Yet, despite its prevalence, it remains one of the least discussed health issues, shrouded in silence and sometimes, misplaced shame. The truth is, incontinence is a common challenge that can arise from various causes, and though it's a part of many people's lives, it doesn't have to define them.

Traditionally, managing incontinence has been limited to solutions like disposable briefs or restricting activities outside the home. However, these options often lead to a compromised lifestyle and can impact one's sense of dignity and freedom. But there are ways to manage this condition that go beyond these conventional methods, so we are going to talk about them.

At its core, life is about living to the fullest, and managing incontinence should be about finding ways to continue enjoying the activities and moments that make life rich and fulfilling. In this blog post, we'll introduce you to some innovative and dignified ways to manage incontinence challenges. These solutions aim to not only provide comfort and confidence but restore a sense of normalcy and independence in one's daily life.

DFree Bladder Management Device

1. D-Free Bladder Monitoring Device

As an occupational therapist, I've seen the remarkable impact that technology can have in improving the lives of those managing incontinence. The D-Free Bladder Monitoring device is a prime example. This compact, wearable device uses ultrasound technology to track the fullness of the bladder. It sends timely notifications to your smartphone, indicating the best time to go to the bathroom. This not only reduces accidents and helps those that self-cathedarize, but also fosters independence and confidence.

Benefits:

  • Reduces the frequency of accidents.
  • Empowers users to maintain their social life without fear.
  • Minimizes the need for frequent checks by caregivers.

Practical Application: Clients I've worked with appreciate the D-Free device for returning to the things they love outside the home, especially family events, without the fear of having a bladder accident.

 

Washable Underwear For Heavy Incontinence For Men (3pk)

2. Washable Underwear for Heavy Incontinence

For those seeking a sustainable and cost-effective solution, washable underwear for heavy incontinence for men or women is a game-changer. These undergarments are designed to look and feel like regular underwear while providing superior absorbency and odor control.

Benefits:

  • Environmentally friendly and reduces ongoing costs.
  • Offers dignity and normalcy in appearance.
  • Provides superior comfort and skin protection.

Practical Application: A client with Alzheimers was constantly distracted by disposable briefs that she picked at and kept trying to take off. But once wearing these, it felt like a pair of underwear she was used to, so she left them alone.

 

Coloplast Male External Cathedar

3. Coloplast External Catheter

The Coloplast External Catheter is an innovative external catheter system designed for men. This non-invasive solution offers a comfortable alternative to traditional catheters. It's particularly beneficial for those with incontinence that have frequent trips to the bathroom at night.

Benefits:

  • Non-invasive and reduces the risk of infection.
  • Easy to use and manage.
  • Provides freedom for prolonged activities or overnight use.

Practical Application: An older man who was on water pills for leg swelling already tried to stop drinking liquids by 5pm and using the bathroom before bed still was getting up 5 or 6 times per night to void. This was making him fatigued during the day, so he took naps and stayed sitting in his arm chair a lot. He started using an external cathedar and increased his and his wife's sleep quality. This allowed him to be more active during the day, which improved his leg swelling, allowing his doctor to eventually decrease the water pill prescription.

 

Bio Bidet Slim Twist

4. Bidets

Bidets, an often-overlooked solution, are perfect for maintaining hygiene and skin integrity. These seats or attachments can be easily added to existing toilets and offer features such as warm water cleansing, air drying, and adjustable water pressure.

Benefits:

  • Enhances personal hygiene and comfort.
  • Enhances independence, aiding those with limited ability to reach to wipe.
  • Decreases risk for urinary tract infections with better hygiene.

Practical Application: A woman with incontinence using briefs daily and having frequent urinary tract infections installed a bidet. She washed with water each time she had an incontinence episode and decreased the frequency of her infections.

 

bedside commode, bedside toilet

5. Bedside Commode

For those who find it challenging to reach the bathroom on time, a bedside commode is an essential tool. These portable toilets can be placed conveniently near the bed or in a living area, ensuring easy access at all times.

 

Benefits:

  • Enhances safety by reducing the risk of falls during nighttime trips to the bathroom.
  • Decreases urgency incontinence episodes due to quick access.
  • Maintains independence by being placed in optimal location.

Experience: A man who had mobility challenges needed to wake his wake at night each time he needed to get out of bed and go to the bathroom. After placing a commode by the bed, he was able to sit up and transfer safely on his own and didn't have to wake his wife. This improved their quality of sleep and she was able to feel more able to be a caregiver for him during the day.

 

Conclusion

Managing incontinence is a challenge, but with your personal combination of these innovative solutions it can be easier. Individuals can lead more comfortable, dignified, and independent lives. It's all about finding the right product that aligns with your needs and lifestyle.

In my years as an occupational therapist, I've witnessed how the right tools can transform lives. From attending family events with confidence to enjoying a good night's sleep, these products are more than just aids, they're pathways to a more fulfilling life despite the challenges of incontinence.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. At AskSAMIE, we're committed to helping you find the best solutions for your unique needs. Explore our range of products in incontinence or let us help you by scheduling a virtual visit at a time that works for you by clicking here. We hope you'll use our tools to take the next step towards a more comfortable and confident life.

 

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Dr. Brandy Archie, OTR/L, CLIPP

Dr. Archie received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. She is certified in both Living in Place and Low Vision Therapy.  Dr. Archie has over 15 years of experience in home health and elder focused practice settings which led her to start AskSAMIE, a curated marketplace to make aging in place possible for anyone, anywhere! Answer some questions about the problems the person is having and then a personalized cart of adaptive equipment and resources is provided.

She's a wife, mother of 3 and a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan! Connect with her on Linked In or by email anytime.

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