What is Urinary Incontinence?

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by cindyh No Comments

canstockphoto1440173What is Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is the unintentional release of urine. More than 15 million American men and women suffer from this dysfunction. Many of these people suffer in silence unnecessarily. They are prevented from doing many daily activities and living the life they want to lead.
What happens under normal conditions?
Coordinated activity between the urinary tract and the brain controls urinary function. The bladder stores urine because the muscle of the bladder (the detrusor muscle) relaxes and the bladder neck (surprisingly at the bottom of the bladder) and urethral sphincter muscle are closed. The urethral sphincter is a circular muscle that wraps around the urethra. Think of a round balloon with a long tube at the bottom (the urethra). During urination, the bladder neck opens, the sphincter relaxes and the bladder muscle contracts allowing urine (pee) to void.
When things go wrong.
Incontinence occurs if closure of the bladder neck is inadequate (this is called stress incontinence, or SUI) or the bladder muscle is overactive and it contracts involuntarily (urge incontinence, also known as overactive bladder or OAB). This is fancy talk for the urine gushes or dribbles out uncontrollably.
There is hope
For millions of Americans, incontinence is not just a medical problem. It is a problem that also impacts the emotional, psychological and social well-being. Many people are afraid to participate in activities that might take them too far from a toilet, so it is critically important to know that the majority of incontinence causes can be treated successfully.
Information from the Urology Care Foundation
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MS and Incontinence continued.

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by cindyh No Comments

canstockphoto19026155I talked about the definition of MS in my earlier blog and promised to discuss ongoing MS research and some of the early findings. The topic is so large it will have to be a series of blogs. This is just part one. I have no idea how many “talks” our series will take. I will try to give you a thumbnail picture of what our best medical facilities now believe to be true about MS. I will talk about its causes, the ongoing effects of the disease, and where to go to get support for the MS patient and the Caregiver or care provider.
According to Healthline there are about 400,000 cases of MS in the US and 2.5 million worldwide. Women are at a higher risk by 2-1 of contracting MS than men and most reported cases of MS are above the 37th parallel. There are about 250 new cases of MS reported each week worldwide. There are more new cases the farther north on the continent you go and fewer in the south. This is also true for Europe with Denmark having 227 cases per 100,000 people. Canada, though, really the bears the burden with 291 MS cases out of every 100,000 citizens of that country. There is a theory among some researchers that a lack of the sunshine vitamin D may be a contributing factor to causing MS in the higher latitudes.
The good news is researchers are making inroads on therapies that provide help with symptoms like incontinence, unstable gait, blurred vision and memory loss.
For information on protecting your furnishings contact www.liquaguard.com

MS can cause Incontinence

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by cindyh No Comments

canstockphoto22487904Multiple sclerosis or MS is defined as a progressive neurological disease that may affect the several areas of the central nervous system. It’s believed to be an autoimmune disease. In layman’s terms MS is a brain illness that advances with time and slowly destroys the covering of the nerves, (the myelin). MS attacks the myelin leaving holes in the covering of the nerves. This causes the nerves to misinterpret information from the brain, kind of like a toy that’s been wired wrong. You want to move one way but your body just doesn’t get the signal right. It’s this misinformation that causes coordination and walking problems, an overwhelming feeling of tiredness, lack of bladder and sometimes bowel control, (incontinence), and blurred vision.
While today MS is incurable there is promising research being conducted with wonderful results.

I will continue to explore MS and in future blogs including my discoveries on the research and its results.

For More information on MS and its causes, research and support contact the MS Society at www. mssociety.org

For information on protecting your furnishings contact www.liquaguard.com

The reasons for incontinence are many and Varied

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by cindyh No Comments

canstockphoto1860240The reasons for incontinence are many and varied. Sometimes women may develop temporary urinary incontinence due to changes in the strength of the muscles supporting the bladder due to pregnancy and child birth. In cases like this simple exercises are all that are needed to correct the problem. Sometimes Overactive Bladder Syndrome is the culprit. In men the infections of the prostate and enlarged prostate glands can cause leakage or even complete incontinence. Often these are temporary and correctable, but while the issue is occurring it is stressful and can be embarrassing. It is good to know that there are different kinds of protection available from pantie and boxer liners (and adult “pull ups”), to full on bedding and furniture covers that prevent damage to valuable possessions. Any time you or a loved one experiences more than an occasional “accident” it’s time to seek professional help. Starting with your family Internist, progressing to Urology and, if appropriate, to your Geriatrician. Early detection may keep little problems from becoming big ones. We are advocates of screenings and annual physicals!
Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s & Dementia are all degenerative diseases that ultimately result in complete incontinence. We will be examining signs and symptoms of each of these in coming issues as well as places to go to get more information.
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LIQUAGUARD Newsletter – Volume 2, Issue 1

Posted on: April 12th, 2015 by cindyh No Comments


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The Importance of References

Caregivers want to create an environment that looks nice, smells good, and that preserves the dignity of those they support.  When providing services to people who struggle with incontinence, these aims can be quite challenging to achieve.

The discovery LIQUAGUARD and the implementation of their product line have helped our caregivers address a variety of issues.  The LIQUAGUARD products have helped us to lengthen the life of furniture, eliminate unwanted odors, and enhance the appearance of the home by eliminating the need for soakers.  Specifically, the recliner covers and manual wheelchair cushion covers are easy to put on, fit well, and have simple care instructions.

In addition, the customer service from LIQUAGUARD is excellent.  And, we appreciate the fact that this company continues to develop new products based upon the needs of the customers.  Well done LIQUAGUARD!

Connie M.

Director of Innovation and Future Works

The Importance of References

As the executive director in assisted living, memory care and independent senior living communities, I have used the LIQUAGUARD products and services for several years now. It is a fantastic product that has greatly helped myself,  my Staff and family members to properly care for and accommodate our senior populations by giving them the dignity and respect they deserve, yet may have lost over the years due to circumstances beyond their control.

I am amazed that so many people I run into have not yet been made aware of these products and what they can do, not only for their dignity issues, but in the actual positive impact of physical care for the people that use them by displacing large amounts of moisture that would otherwise sit stagnant and affect their skin and impede the healing process for our residents.

Cindy Hiatt herself has been so very wonderful and helpful in many ways from her compassion, customer service and proper product recommendations to actually creating products specifically designed to the specifications and dimensions of resident’s furnishings and our common area and dining room furniture as well.

I highly recommend not only LIQUAGUARD products, but the company and Cindy herself, as there are no others that have the compassion, the knowledge and the personal life experience behind the development of these products and what they can do to help others.

Sincerely, Matthew M.- Executive Director

A Great Product for a Great Lady

The attached was a photo taken today of my Mom’s 97th with my daughter and triplet great grandchildren.  Mom has been at the Berkshire Health and Rehabilitation Center in Vinton, VA since July 2014 and doing quite well.  The reason I send this to you is that if you look closely at the photo of Mom with big guy with the red shirt, he is Hunter my 16 year old brother of the two girls all born on April Fools Day 16 years again.  If you look real close between Mom and Hunter, just under their arms, you will see a brown material which is on one of the two LIQUAGUARD covers I bought from you to cover her recliner.

She never gets out of recliner and never gets into the bed.  The Berkshire was not going to allow the recliner in lieu of the bed but changed their mind when I reviewed this with them and it has been with her ever since July.  Thanks so much for a great product for a great lady.

Linne G.

Fincastle, VA


Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by cindyh No Comments

canstockphoto16167388 (1)“INCONTINENCE”… yes, I said incontinence, it means the bladder or some other important body part that used to hold urine in doesn’t work so well any more. Millions of Americans suffer from one form of incontinence or another today. Not very long ago Whoopi Goldberg had commercials on TV discussing a form of incontinence. Incontinence is not going away; in fact, as the population ages it is going to become more and more of an issue that every household faces. How we face it becomes the question.
There are many solutions; some are as easy as a visit to a specialist (urologist) and a trip to the pharmacy. Others are more difficult and may result in a family member housed in a nursing home. In the next weeks we will explore some of the causes of incontinence and what, if anything can be done about it.

Alzheimer’s and Coconut oil /Incontinence is common for those in the later stages of Alzheimer’s

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015 by cindyh No Comments

I have been using coconut oil for a while now, I actually add it to my morning coffee.  I find it quit enjoyable.

I was doing research on coconut oil for my own benefits, I came across this article regarding the benefits of Coconut oil and Alzheimer’s.  I found this excellent article on the benefits of Coconut oil and Alzheimer’s.

For more information:


Here is a direct link to the video from CBN.com that talks about a study on Coconut oil.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls6VE3ZagUI

Incontinence is common for those in the later stages of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s and Coconut oil



Two Exciting Alzheimer’s Advances: A Novel Early Detection Test Using Peanut Butter, and a Study Evaluating Coconut Oil


Benefits of Coconut Oil Make Headlines Again

In related news, Florida researchers are also looking into whether coconut oil might be of benefit against Alzheimer’s. Three years ago, I published Dr. Mary Newport’s theory that ketone bodies, an alternative fuel for your brain that your body makes when digesting coconut oil, might offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

At the time I said that, should her theory turn out to be accurate, it could be one of the greatest natural health discoveries in a long time. Now, Dr. Newport’s research is being used to launch one of the first clinical trials of its kind to test her theory. The research is being done at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.

Sixty-five patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s have been enrolled to evaluate the effects of coconut oil on the disease, compared to a placebo. Dr. Newport hopes to have the results within a year.

This issue strikes close to home for Dr. Newport, whose husband has been battling the disease for years. As reported by CTV News:4

“While there is currently no clinical data showing the benefits of coconut oil on the prevention and treatment of dementia, Newport — whose husband Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 51 — said she began to see improvements after starting him on four teaspoons of coconut oil per day.

‘Before the coconut oil, he could not tie his shoes. His weird slow gait… That improved. He walked normally and he was able to start running again.

He was able to start reading again, his conversation improved dramatically and then over several months we saw improvements in his memory,’ Newport said. Prior to starting him on coconut oil, Newport said none of the existing medications were working.”


LIQUAGUARD Newsletter — Volume 1, Issue 2

Posted on: January 18th, 2015 by cindyh No Comments


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LIQUAGUARD Quarterly:  December 2014 — Volume 1, Issue 2
Holiday Greeting from LIQUAGUARD
Caregivers and the Holidays
Caregivers and the Holidays

We want to share an article that is fitting for the season. Extra activity during the holidays can lead to additional stress, while the holidays are meant to be joyous they can also cause unpleasant experiences.

Below are a few key aspects from”Coping with the Holidays as a Caregiver” from Caregiver.com:

•  Try to include your loved one in some holiday preparations. Focus on their remaining strengths, and let them use their own capabilities to help with small tasks.

• Consider placing only a few gifts out. There is no need to spread them out so that they fill a large space creating hazards to those you are caring for.

•  Try to schedule the major activities for the day early in the day. Stress will only build throughout the day.

To view the full article, click here.  You can also follow us on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/liquaguard and “like” our page to see when we share more information like this.

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2014 Portland ALS Walk

LIQUAGUARD Solutions founder Cindy Hiatt participated in the 2014 Portland ALS walk on Saturday, September 27.  This year, the event hosted over 4,000 participants and raised over $400,000 in donations.

Visit our blog to see the photo gallery from this event.

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LIQUAGUARD at Medtrade 2014

LIQUAGUARD Solutions recently participated at the Medtrade Confrence in Atlanta, GA.  Medtrade is the largest home medical equipment exposition in the United States that allows attendees and exhibitors to share innovations, new products, and industry insights.

Visit our blog to find out more about this event, and see the photo gallery.

Medtrade 2014

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by cindyh No Comments
LIQUAGUARD Solutions recently participated at the Medtrade Confrence in Atlanta, GA.  Medtrade is the largest home medical equipment exposition in the United States that allows attendees and exhibitors to share innovations, new products, and industry insights.
With many networking opportunities, this allows LIQUAGUARD Solutions to source and share cutting-edge materials and ideas that allow us to provide quality products and ease-of-use.
Below is a gallery from our time at Medtrade.
Medtrade 2014
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2014 Portland ALS Walk

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by cindyh No Comments


LIQUAGUARD Solutions founder Cindy Hiatt participated in the 2014 Portland ALS walk on Saturday, September 27.  This year, the event hosted over 4,000 participants and raised over $400,000 in donations.

Scroll through the photos below to see us in action at this event! (Click images to enlarge)


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