TYPES OF URINARY INCONTINENCE Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases , NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH STRESS TRANSIENT URGE OVERFLOW FUNCTIONAL MIXED OVERACTIVE BLADDER Types of Urinary Incontinence
Alzheimer’s Disease and INCONTINENCE CHECK WITH HEALTHCARE PROVIDER TO RULE OUT TRANSIENT PROBLEMS Bladder infection Fecal impaction USE BOWEL AND BLADDER DIARY HOUSE TIPS: Use picture of toilet on bathroom door Good lighting in the hallway and bathroom Use of bedside commode or urinal APPROACH Matter-of-Fact Attitude Sense of Humor Assist with changing garments from behind Avoid Constipation Helps guide prompting to toilet based on person’s habits Toileting Schedule Ease of Use Clothing Stay Calm
When absorbent incontinence products become necessary, use of bladder control pads or pull-on style briefs is usually better (in terms of tolerance) than the tape-tab style briefs.
There is a wide range of absorbency levels within the bladder pad and pull-on categories and newer technology allows for moisture to be pulled into the disposable product keeping the skin drier.
There are also reusable, cloth underwear products which can be well-tolerated as they closely resemble regular underwear.
For persons confined to bed, those with heavy urine loss, or bowel incontinence, the tape tab style brief or “adult-diaper” is the most absorbent product designed for these situations. Heavy night-time wetness is also best contained by the higher absorbent tape tab style briefs.
Disposable as well as cloth chair and bed pads are also very useful for the home situation. For example, the washable cloth bed pads can be used to help lift or turn a bedridden person more safely and easily.
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Tape-Tab style Brief
Frequently Incontinent of bladder and/or bowel movements
Large amount of urine loss/ night-time use
Immobile or Bed-Bound individual
Protective Underwear or
Adult Style Pull-On
Moderate amount of urine loss (more than a leak, less than a full void)
Attempts to get to the bathroom, by self or with assistance
Usually every 2-3 hours
Mentally alert or may have mild confusion at times
Bladder Control Pads
Light Urinary Incontinence
Occasional leaks of urine--may occur with laugh, cough, or sneeze.
Care of the skin after an incontinent episode is important since moisture, ammonia from the urine, as well as enzymes from the stool can all affect the skin and contribute to rashes, skin breakdown, and other complications.
Mild, pH-balanced skin cleansers are designed to gently cleanse the skin. Protective barrier products are also useful to protect the skin and prevent skin breakdown.
High quality absorbent incontinence products are also effective in preserving skin integrity as they effectively wick away wetness to help reduce trauma to the skin.