How to Get Out and About with an Incontinence Problem

People with illnesses and long term conditions often enjoy a day out or a few hours visiting friends. There are lots of ways of organising transport but inevitably one particular issue gets in the way. Needing to be close to a bathroom or having to be careful each time a person coughs can be highly embarrassing. However there are ways of enabling people to be more independent without losing their dignity.

Plan ahead

no-peeing-1174876-mOne of the best ways of avoiding problems is to plan ahead. Check out the public conveniences that will be en route and that the place you are visiting has an accessible bathroom. If you have a disabled person or someone who has continence problems through illness you can buy a special radar key from the local authority which gives a person access to public toilets when they are closed and avoids the charge to some facilities. Don’t forget to make frequent stops on a journey so the person can use bathrooms, avoid problems in the first place, and freshen up.

Use pads

Using an absorbent pad discretely can help avoid embarrassing situations with leaks andt_protege_fesse_alese_incontinance stains. This gives a person with continence problems confidence to travel with others and visit friends without causing an embarrassing problem. Absorbent seat covers can cope with around 15 cl of fluid loss and fit easily into wheelchairs without being too obvious what they are. They also work well on sofas, chairs, car seats, and more without being a problem. The upper side is made from 100% plant fibre so they are pleasant to sit on. There is a waterproof side which goes next to the seat and the softer side is for the person to sit next to as it is more comfortable. These covers also fold up really thin so it is easy to carry spares around discretely. And if they do get soiled they are easy to dispose of in the garbage.

Have a change of clothes

t_culotte_noireIf an accident does happen with soiling have a spare pair of clothes and underwear to hand so you can change into fresh items effortlessly. Using disposable panties when out and about is an easy way to freshen up quickly and dispose of the old pair in the garbage without carrying them around all day. That way you’ll enjoy a visit to somewhere special and keep independent.

Getting out and about with incontinence problems has never been easier with all these new products to help. By preparing beforehand and planning a day there are lots of ways that you can do the things you want to do without being embarrassed.

Making Dignity a Priority

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Plus sized Massage Panties

For a patient, having examinations can be one of the more unpleasant parts of going to the doctor. Apart from potentially uncomfortable procedures, many patients are embarrassed when having investigations, particularly when they are invasive. Whilst there are curtains and screens, for the patient the thought of being exposed is off-putting and scary. Even when hospitals and clinics consider dignity for patients and provide sheets, gowns and underwear they don’t get it right. Anyone who has ever worn a hospital gown that doesn’t tie at the back or is too small and leaves gaps will know the embarrassment of wearing them. Many of these gowns come in one size only and do not meet the needs of larger patients which leaves them exposed. And even when the clinic provides disposable underwear it is so small it barely covers anything and can make the situation worse.

But now there’s a practical solution for patients coming to clinic and who are in hospital. A new disposable panty has been launched which is comfortable and comes in different sizes. It is in black too which maximises discretion from stains and other mishaps. For the patient there is no worry about being able to cover their intimate parts or looking ridiculous in an ill-fitting pair of pants. There are sizes accommodating waist sizes up to 53 inches so making an obese patient feel uncomfortable and embarrassed is no longer an issue. The message this gives the patient is that you as a clinician have thought of them as an individual and addressed a very simple need.

The disposable panty can be used in clinics, hospitals, beauty salons and many other situations. It is ideal in urology clinics and for operating rooms. These panties are unisex so can be used by men and women alike. For people having orthopaedic surgery these work well and protect the patient from unnecessary exposure on ward rounds and in the operating room. Another advantage of the disposable panty is when there is likely to be some wound leakage or bodily fluid discharge. These panties save the patient getting their best underwear messed up and cover them well, even when they have catheters and other tubes and drains. They are perfect after giving birth too. As they are disposable there is no laundry to worry about and they can simply be thrown in the bin.

It is often the small touches that mean the most to the patients when they are ill or having tests. So using these disposable panties that actually fit is something that can put the patient at ease and avoid the embarrassing stereotypical hospital underwear scenario. After all, which one would you prefer if you were the patient in that position?

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Giving Compassionate Care with Quality Bed Products

Giving Compassionate Care with Quality Bed Products
Sick Woman With A Cup Of Tea by marinDelivering high quality nursing care is fundamental to maintaining dignity, helping recovery, and preventing problems and complications. Care needs to be evidence based, efficient but given with compassion. Having access to effective solutions that give people their dignity are essential in today’s National Health Service. One of the simple solutions to a challenging nursing problem is the waterproof mattress pad cover which is a far more discreet product than those used several years ago.

In today’s NHS the patients being admitted to hospital and nursed in the community are increasingly complex. Many have one or more comorbidities and this sometimes leads to an increase in problems such as incontinence and bladder control.

Some patients choose to spend their final days at home but fear of dealing with continence problems is a barrier. As more and more patients are nursed in community settings, having practical solutions to hand helps the patient and their family be more independent.

A waterproof mattress pad cover is a practical and discreet way of managing problems with potential incontinence. These fit over a standard mattress and are really comfortable. They help deal with that fear of soiling a mattress or having continual sheets on the washing line. A thin layer of plastic helps keep the mattress dry but is not too heavy to be uncomfortable to sleep on. And the old days of noisy uncomfortable rubber sheets have gone with the newer products on the market.

For carers the burden of washing and ironing soiled sheets is eliminated because these are disposed of in waste bags or be recycled. They are easy to change and keep the patient dry which helps prevent chafing and pressure sores. The waterproof mattress pad protector can last for weeks depending on the amount of direct content and whether there is a layer between the patient and the cover.

 

l_drap-housse-nuideal-2There is also a luxurious product that is even cosier for patients called the Nuideal Mattress Cover.

By enabling care to be given in a compassionate and dignified way in the home a patient can be nursed in an environment of their choosing without the fear of smells and spillages. These mattress covers are a very practical solution and for the nursing staff it avoids having to move soiled linen to and from a care setting. This in turn gives more time to spend with patients and is an efficient way of working, especially when staff are challenged by their workloads.

For a dignified solution to an everyday problem the waterproof mattress pad cover can help patients, carers, and nursing staff provide high quality care to people in a very simple and efficient way.

How to Avoid Suffocation Risks while on Holiday: Disposable Sleeping Bags and Blankets for Babies

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Resorts, hotels, inns, motels and guest cottages generally don’t know what to provide to families with babies and young infants. Sheets and blankets are too large to be used in cribs. When folded, they can become too hot for the baby. What’s more, they can pose choking hazards to the baby in the middle of the night. Since infants have not yet developed the neck musculature of adults, in the case of near-suffocation, it’s not easy for them to adjust their sleeping position in order to be able to breathe. Improper bedding set-ups are the main contributor to why SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, occurs (unfortunately) relatively often in modern society.

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Some hoteliers hope parents will have brought their own baby linens and beds from home. Others provide a minimal level of comfort with a sheet or blanket, but do not have products specially made for small children. Clever…

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Sanitation, Comfort and Practicality: Disposable, Protective Covers for Headphones, Headsets, Earphones and Microphones

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The development of the computer, the television, the CD, film, the telephone and the seemingly infinitely expanding forms of media that exist today has revolutionized the way we learn and stay informed about the world around us. These inventions have similarly revolutionized libraries and commerce, in particular for sectors that specialize in media. Both saw the emergence of public listening stations and computers where users could sample the work of the artists that inspire and interest them. With the need for discretion, quiet and a personalized experience in these public places came the popularisation of public earphones. We all know, those dreadful things that, even a day after their purchase, always seem to smell and feel sweaty, oily and simply unclean.

Whether a pair of tiny earbuds that seem to disappear when one wears them, or the headset typically worn by a helicopter pilot, shared headphones are rarely a pleasure…

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Cultural Origami: Japanese Hygiene and Disposable Slippers for the Spa, Pool and Bath

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Slippers have been an expected welcome item in luxury hotels and spas for decades, but they’re just starting to show up in mainstream establishments. However, in Japan, this was never the case. Why? For the answer, we turn to Wikipedia’s article on Japanese Bathrooms. In fact, the custom of wearing slippers in the bathroom dates back centuries, to a time when toilets used to be located outside the home in the garden or on the street. Japanese culture strictly defines a difference between areas deemed clean and unclean. This dichotomy is the reason why many Japanese remove their footwear when entering a house. Due to the fact that toilets used to be located outside (similar to Western outhouses), it was essential to put on slippers when walking from the clean zone inside the house to the outside, considered by most to be dirty.

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Even though bathrooms in Japan migrated inside…

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How to save water in emergency situations thanks to disposable sheets. Or be prepper.

End of the World : Join the Preppers?

The words may be a bit strong but maybe the World is not that strong!

However, I’m not going to tell you about the Apocalypse but how to go about preparing to face a severe crisis.

It is not just movies are dealing with this subject. Many may recall the year 2012 as the fall of civilisation according to Mayan predictions! It also gets mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. Even Hergé deals with it in Tintin’s Shooting Star when Prof. Phostle walks the streets banging the gong and calling us to redemption…

Have you got it yet?

Here I can hear you unbelievers saying:  “It’s just fiction!”

Yet haven’t we seen:

ØPeople climbing on to roofs or camping in their attic when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf of Mexico and the southern United States,

ØThe volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. Stranding thousands of people in airports or in their homes.

ØThe massive migration of people in Europe taking place nowadays.

These types of massive problems could affect you, or what if they happen to you?

Getting prepared for such disorders of civilisation also means getting ready to face them… How long will you be able to stand such disruptions?

One or two weeks? A month; a few months? A whole year maybe?

This is where the limit between a manageable crisis and chaos lies.

Governments have made disaster preparedness lists and kits: here the one from International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies

They’ve told us about the importance of water and food. TV, radio, newspapers, all other communications media and government reminds us about it!

Food and water and even communications are important for sure, but is that it?

No water means the end, but basic hygiene is paramount.  No, not talking of science fiction again. Just crucial points. Our health would be threatened and one would not last long.

This is why, whatever the process, everybody agrees we must have food and good hygiene.

Now you have a dilemma: saving water but still keeping your environment clean!

This means having clean clothes, sheets and dishes without having to wash them; the less water you waste, the longer you will be safe.

We could get our inspiration from how governments deal with disasters, as they tend to attempt to consider all eventualities.

However, reality is often worse than envisaged.

Traumatic experiences such as the big tsunami in Thailand or the latest Syrian exodus showed how good logistics are primordial. Beyond a large supply of food and water, processes always include providing tents, beds, clean sheets and blankets.

from Caractère ParisWhich is why governments have agreements with specialized companies such as Caractère Paris, whose expertise of emergencies and capacity to provide thousands of disposable linen and blankets within 24 hours makes it a key player.

For space saving the equipment is designed to be transported without specialised equipment and can easily be stored.

As single citizens, we too can get ready to face the unpredictable!