My mum has dementia and over the past few months has started having accidents. She’s currently in a care home and wearing a nappy style product but were having difficulty keeping this on her as she can pull it off easily. I’m not sure if this is the right product for her?
It is likely that the nappy style product is too large and is causing irritation.
A small product may be more comfortable for your mum, as she is less likely to be annoying by its presence and less likely to remove it. Disposable products can be highly absorbent even in small sizes; a product does not have to be large to be absorbent.
Does your mum have severe or light incontinence? Is it just urinary incontinence she is suffering from or both faecal and urinary leaks?
Yes, a less bulky product will ensure she isn’t irritated. If it is only urinary incontinence she is experiencing, an incontinence pad will be ideal for protecting her.
Are her leaks occasional and light? If the accidents do not happen frequently, smaller shaped pads may be the ideal option. These are simply inserted into normal pants and can be removed once they are used. Unlike all in ones (nappy style products), they will feel undetectable during use.
If her leaks are more frequent and are moderate to heavy, a larger pad may be more ideal. These should be worn with close fitting underwear or stretch pants, which keep the pad in place. Stretch pants are often more comfortable than a nappy style product and allow more freedom of movement. However, they are often difficult to take on and off. Is your mum quite mobile or immobile? If these will be difficult to put on and off, close-fitting underwear may be more ideal.
Pads require changing much more frequently than a nappy style product, so you should ensure the Care Home staff are aware of this.
Do you think your mum will be comfortable in a smaller or larger pad? Let me know if you would like some recommendations for specific products.