Making a difference!

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by cindyh No Comments

I received a testimonial today that I would like to share.

Dear LIQUAGUARD Solutions:
I am so pleased with the covers I received. Cindy was so helpful, my husband has Huntington’s Disease and I needed covers for his recliner and the car. Until now I was using various pads and towels, the covers make all the difference. Cindy, thanks for creating these products! Karen

It is comforting to know that we make a difference in someone’s lives. Being a caregiver is difficult, we are proud to have the products to make it easier for those who are caring for someone that is incontinent.  Our mission is to provide dignity and improve the quality of life of incontinence patients, their families, and caregivers worldwide through the use of our innovative solutions


Caring for someone with incontinence

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 by cindyh No Comments

6540 sheetOur LIQUA-sheet has been developed to assist caregivers looking after someone with as bladder or bowel control problem, also known as incontinence. Incontinence is a common problem and many caregivers find themselves having to cope with the added workload associated with it. Our LIQUA-sheet™ is constructed of three separate, high-quality durable materials, sewn together to provide comfort and complete protection. It is reusable and can be laundered daily, or as needed.

LIQUA-sheet’s top layer is made of flexible, breathable 100% poly-mesh fabric that wicks moisture and enhances evaporation, helping to guard against potential skin breakdown. The inner core is made of quilted polyester batting for maximum absorbency. Unlike other plastic mattress covers that are stiff and rustle upon changes in sleeping positions, LIQUA-sheet’s impermeable barrier is soft and flexible, providing quiet, comfortable waterproof protection. http://www.liquaguard.com/liquaguard-liqua-sheet/

 


Incontinent causes

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by cindyh No Comments

Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. It can be caused by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems. A thorough evaluation by your doctor can help determine what’s behind your incontinence.


Incontinence and Dementia

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by cindyh No Comments

Dementia is a loss of brain function that affects approximately 24 million people worldwide; its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease, currently affects more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. alone, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Dementia is devastating as it progresses, affecting memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. Urinary and fecal incontinence is more often than not present in those who are affected with varying forms of dementia. This loss in bodily functioning may be inevitable, and can be uncomfortable and embarrassing to the patient. For reasons largely unknown to the medical community, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is increasing.


What is Incontinence?

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by cindyh No Comments

Incontinence is a lack of control of excretory function that can be brought on by a variety of disease states and can affect all age groups, but especially afflicts the elderly who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, Cerebral Vascular Accidents (stroke), Parkinson’s disease, and many others. The International Continence Society (ICS) states that Urinary Incontinence (UI) is a stigmatized and under-reported condition that has not been properly addressed.

Currently, there are approximately 25 million adult Americans who experience transient or chronic incontinence, 9 to 13 million of whom have severe symptoms. It is also estimated that as many as 200 million people worldwide suffer from varying degrees of incontinence. And with 1.5 billion baby-boomers predicted to live longer with chronic illnesses, the number of people who suffer from episodes of incontinence is projected to grow exponentially.

More than half of all residents in nursing homes today are incontinent, and it is the second leading cause for admission. Twenty-two percent of continent female residents admitted to a long-term care facility become incontinent within one year of admission. The National Association for Continence says that oftentimes patients who could remain in their homes and remain mobile in the community are instead admitted to nursing homes due to the family’s difficulty in managing their loved-one’s incontinence.


MIKEEPERS attends CAHF in Palm Springs,CA

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by cindyh No Comments
EMERSON HOUSE AND CAHF CONFERENCE 003
We traveled to Palm Springs, CA this week to attend the California  Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) conference and trade show.
The weather was beautiful in Palm Springs, but there wasn’t much time to  enjoy it as we spent the majority of our time meeting and networking with  Long-term Care vendors and industry providers to introduce them to our  innovative incontinence products.  It is so exciting when these industry  folks express a sincere interest, see value, and understand how our products are  superior to the less effective solutions currently available; including  incontinence chux pads, chair pads, and under pads. Unlike these other products,  our covers are made of high quality materials that provide total protection,  while promoting dignity and quality of life for patients and caregivers.   Our Waterproof Incontinence Covers can be viewed and purchased at www.mikeepers.com


MIKEEPERS attends NAHC Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by cindyh No Comments

2012 Healthcare and Hospice Conference and Expo Orlando Fl

We traveled to Orlando, FL last week to exhibit at the National Association for Homecare and Hospice (NAHC) annual conference and trade show. It was a great success.

We talked with hundreds of homecare and hospice owners, clinicians, and caregivers who showed  much excitement in hearing about our Incontinence Innovation product line.

Our incontinent covers preserve a patient’s quality of life and dignity. The covers also protect upolstery and auto seat cushions, help control odor and mess, and are comfortable and attractive. They can be purchased at www.mikeepers.com.


Incontinence Recliner Covers are Great Value!

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by cindyh No Comments

Incontinence Recliner Cover“Cindy and her chair protectors are truly a life saver to our family.”

Posted by Nancy Emitu on 16th Oct 2012

“Cindy and her chair protectors are truly a life saver to our family. My 80 yr old mother has a severe incontinence problem and we have replaced many, many recliners. We tried oversized medical pads to laying a shower curtain over the seat – nothing protected the chair until we found Hiatt’s Chair Saver. Now we always have one on mom’s chair. My mom loves the nice look and the family loves the protection. Cindy is so willing to do special orders for us as we have an “over-sized” recliner. Thank you Cindy for a great product that certainly has made my mom’s life much better!”
Service Category: Healthcare Products
Year first hired: 2011 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value


Busy Month with Conferences and Expositions

Posted on: August 27th, 2012 by cindyh No Comments

Rock Creek Conference & Hiatts Incontinence Chair CoversWow, what busy month I have had with conferences and expos. I have attended 4 local expos this month with an organization called The Upside of Downsizing. I have met and networked with so many wonderful people and it is having a positive impact on my business.

I love what I do; the elderly are such amazing sweet people that love to spend time visiting. I’m always hearing such great stories from them.

My next conference is in Spokane, WA. Sept.8th. I am looking forward to it.


What is Incontinence?

Posted on: May 21st, 2012 by cindyh No Comments

 

What is incontinence?

Incontinence is the loss of control of bladder and/or bowel function. Properly functioning, our human brain sends a signal to our bladder and bowel alerting when it is time to empty. Being in control of these functions depends on an awareness of bodily sensations and knowing how, when, and where to respond, and the ability to delay voiding for a period of time.

When a person suffers from certain diseases such as dementia, they may no longer be able to:

  • recognize the need to go
  • be able to wait until it is appropriate
  • find the bathroom
  • recognize the toilet
  • use the toilet properly

Incontinence may be a chronic condition, happening frequently and in large amounts, or may just present itself occasionally with small amounts of leakage.

It is common for people with dementia to do apparently ‘odd’ things, such as hide wet clothes or wrap feces in parcels and hide them. This behavior may simply result from embarrassment and the inability to process a better way to handle the situation. Another common behavior is to mistake a wastepapaer basket for a toilet. One solution that may help is to remove any objects from the room which could be mistaken for a toilet, while also encouraging regular visits to the bathroom. Try not to get angry or upset and remember that they are behaving in this way because of the dementia.

Facts and figures

According to the Bladder and Bowel Foundation, approximately 60-70% of people with dementia develop incontinence. This is mostly urinary incontinence, while bowel incontinence is not common until very late in the illness; but this varies from person to person.

It is rare for someone in the earlier stages of dementia to have continence problems. More often problems start as the dementia progresses from the moderate to severe stages.

Feelings

Personal hygiene is a very private issue to all of us and many people find it hard to accept that they need help, even from someone very close to them. Respecting the privacy of the person with dementia and maintaining their dignity is very important. You will need to be tactful and sensitive when helping someone with personal hygiene.

For caregivers this problem can seem very frustrating, worrying, embarrassing or unpleasant. If you are finding it hard to cope with your feelings, talk with your community/district nurse or continence advisor.

People with dementia react differently to the experience of incontinence. Some find it very distressing and humiliating; other people appear to just accept it or are even unaware of ithttp://www.alzscot.org/pages/info/continence.htm

 


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