Encouraging those suffering from Urinary Incontinence to wear Adult Pants
Although adult diapers are a suitable, easily available choice for both males and females, many are ashamed of using incontinence products and resist wearing adult diapers. Specifically, convincing those who suffers from urinary incontinence to wear adult diapers has always been a challenge for caregivers and physicians.
However, caregivers should not be disappointed and should try to give more time and plenty of opportunities for the individuals in their care to give incontinence products a try.
Who should wear adult diaper?
Bladder problems and their complications such as urine leakage or urinary incontinence may emerge temporarily or permanently due to certain diseases or medical conditions. Some common causes include:
Physical and Motor Disabilities: Disordered nerves messaging and incoordination between nerves and muscles make those suffering from spinal cord injury (SCI) lose control of their bladder.
Pelvic Floor Muscles Weakness: pelvic floor muscles support the bladder. The pelvic floor muscles could go under pressure due to a number of reasons including pregnancy and childbirth, being overweight, prostate surgery, chronic constipation, and aging, and in turn cause urinary incontinence. Kegel exercises are recommended to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
Diseases: conditions such as diabetes and neurological disorders, e.g., Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, etc. may cause urinary incontinence.
Gender: females are more exposed to stress urinary incontinence. Frequent pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and in general the female’s anatomy are among the underlying reasons for urinary incontinence.
Why do some elderly have problems with wearing adult diapers?
Naturally, wearing adult diapers is not easy for anyone specially as it resonates with old age and dependence for care. In addition, some elderly suffering from urinary incontinence resist receiving the needed medical care. Hence caregivers should be mindful of such sensitivities and spend plenty of time to talk and guide their caretakers.
Steps to encourage elderlies to wear adult diapers
There are several ways to encourage the caretakers to wear adult diapers:
- Using Proper Wording: We should not underestimate the power of our words. When you first try to convince your caretaker to use adult diapers try not to use the word ‘diaper’ as it has negative connotations. Instead use the product’s brand name, i.e. EasyLife. Make the conversations light and use friendly jokes to brighten up the mood.
- Talking About Others’ Experiences: talk about the positive impact on the quality of lives of those with UI that are now using adult diapers. Talk about the downsides of not using such products including bad odor, dermal infections, rashes, etc. and explain to them that they can be better taken care of if they agree to wear adult diapers.
- Visiting Physician: seek the help of a physician when first talking to your caretaker about UI. Expert’s recommendation on using adult diapers is usually better received by the elderly.
- Asking for Help from Family and Friends: seek the help of family and close friends when first talking to the caretaker about UI and the need to use adult diapers. As mentioned earlier the positive inputs of peers who use adult diapers can be very helpful to both the caregiver and caretaker.
- Tryout period: recommend a try-out period to your caretaker to use adult diapers; even if it is for one day. Make sure you offer the caretaker the correct type and the right size in order to enhance their first experience with adult diapers; hoping that they become regular users of the product.
The positive impact of using adult diapers on the lives of those suffering from urinary incontinence is undeniable. Therefore, by explaining all the products’ benefits caregivers should try to persuade those in their care to use adult diapers and also ensure their first experience is an easy, pleasant and comfortable one.