By Anna Hazard
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Part 2 : Adult Diapers, Briefs, Protective Underwear
Part 3 : Bedding, Seating, & Surface Protection
Part 4 : Cleansers, Wipes, & Skin Care
When it comes to choosing the right incontinence product for a senior loved one, there are several things to keep in mind -- namely absorbency, comfort/fit, and cost. Pick the style of product that best fits you and your senior's needs which will differ based on the volume of urine that needs to be absorbed. Remember that different styles may be more comfortable for different people (including those tailored for men or women instead of unisex) & that certain fits may protect the skin more. Also keep in mind that an incontinence user goes through an average of 4 changes of diaper, briefs, or pads per day and thus costs for disposable items will be adding up.
Absorbency, which is measured in number of ounces and is divided into rating from light to extra heavy, refers to the maximum liquid volume a product can hold before leaking. Contour refers to the fit of the undergarment against the body which can be improved using special features such as adjustable tabs & leg cuffs. Correct size and fit will be required based on the shape of both the body & other garments being worn.
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