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.
“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!”
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Wow, 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?
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.
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
Talking about urinary incontinence can be difficult, particularly with special needs children who struggle for independence every day.
Although incontinence affects special needs children in a variety of ways, there are a few succinct rules to successfully discussing the issue, says Dr. Scott L. Barkin, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist at the Brooklyn School for Special Children in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Keep it brief, keep it simple and don’t push the child into a conversation he may not be ready for,” Dr. Barkin says.
Instead, offer the child all the possible options of to whom they can speak when they are ready. This list can include one or both parents, the family pediatrician, another family member, close friend of the family or a trusted counselor. And, be prepared to hear what your child has to say. It is possible they may not be ready to solve incontinence problems, yet still want to fit in with their peers.
“Help guide the child’s decision by helping them identify whether they are looking for answers or support,” Dr. Barkin adds. Many special needs children can be very successful with absorbent undergarments. “Depending on the individual child and the level of ability, absorbent undergarments may offer tremendous independence.”
An incontinent child who can change her own absorbent undergarment, is no longer faced with the embarrassment of asking for help with wet clothing in a school or social setting. There are added benefits from this sense of independence; absorbent undergarments can spur a child to reach other developmental milestones. “If the child can move past dependence on a parent or caregiver for assistance with toileting issues, there will be a secondary impact on emotional development and a sense of independence.” Dr. Barkin says.
Incontinence issues can have significant emotional ramifications, impacting self-esteem, self-worth and issues related to dependency. In addition, if a child is rejected by peers, social development can take a nosedive.
Simply giving your child a helping hand isn’t enough. The key is to allow them a measure of independence – and absorbent undergarments can do just that. “If a parent remains responsible for assisting with toileting issues throughout school age years, the parent and child maintain an infantilizing relationship,” says Dr. Barkin. “In effect, the child continues to feel like an infant and the parent – consciously or not – holds the child back from developing independence.”
As in the general population, incontinence typically falls into two categories of origin: physical or psychological. For example, physical origins of incontinence for special needs children might include a child with spina bifida who doesn’t experience the physical sensations associated with the need to void bowel or bladder. Psychological issues, on the other hand, might cause a child to withhold voiding as a control issue. The child can become impacted with stool but experience seepage of fluids that they cannot control.
It also is not uncommon for some special needs children to simply experience delays in reaching developmental milestones. “A child may experience incontinence during the initial school years but successfully develop past this phase,” says Dr. Barkin.
For all special needs children with incontinence issues, Dr. Barkin recommends parents seek expert advice. “Perhaps the most important thing a parent or caregiver can do is reach out to their pediatrician,” he says. The pediatrician, who should be familiar with the child’s specific needs, can help parents identify the source of the incontinence
Everything you need to know and hoped….you’d never have to ask!!
This section lists articles that deal specifically with the logistics of incontinence care throughout the three stages of Alzheimer’s. I decided to focus on incontinence care in this web site because that is the greatest barrier to care we caregivers face with this disease and it is the one subject no one wants to talk about.
We are faced with problems very specific to Alzheimer’s. The very progressive nature of the disease mandates different ways of working with our patients and loved ones at different stages. It isn’t as if we can set a plan and that’s all there is to it. The tasks are further compounded because the demise of the thinking process robs our loved ones of the ability to co-operate with their care. How we approach them marks the difference between success and disaster. Add this to our natural taboos and our built-in reluctance to enter someone else’s private space, and you face a formidable barrier to care.
The good news is that this barrier is crossed every day by thousands of caregivers facing this illness and this page is here to help you cross it with dignity and resolve.
On the above title page I offer:
- how to organize your tools and equipment
- how to see the tasks as tasks
- how to deal with the needs that develop through the three stages of Alzheimer’s
Just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the Hiatt Chair Saver. Of course, I found out the hard way that we needed such a product, which at the time I had no idea existed. We tried the shower curtain and sheet approach without success. I spent some time searching for a vinyl fitted cover, also not successful. When I finally stumbled onto your website, then talked with you for a little while, I realized this was it.The two I ordered have been excellent – they fit well, have ultra-high quality construction and material, and perform as advertised. The only thing better might be a discount for a multiple order (hey, I have to try… I think anyone who needs one of these covers should have at least two). I will be placing an additional order to increase laundry flexibility time. This is a product every home health care merchant should be selling, and I have recommended it to others.Thank you for following your vision – the best of success for you and your growing business!!– Chris LoyaVerona, PA
Dear Cindy… Instead of Hiatt’s Chair Saver, this has been a “life saver” for our family. My 80 yr old mother has a severe incontinence problem and we have replaced many, many recliners. She is always in her recliner and we had tried everything from over sized medical pads to laying a shower curtain over the seat. Thankfully, we found Hiatt’s Chair Saver on the Internet. We loved her product so much, we have purchased two – one is always on mom’s chair! My mom loves how nice they look and we all love the protection it gives. Cindy was so willing to do a special order for us as mom has an “extra large” recliner and needed a special order. Thank you Cindy for a great product that is helping to improve a quality of life for my special mom. Nancy E
Alzheimer’s And Incontinence: A Puzzling Combination
By Daniel L. Paris, MSW
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, your loved one with Alzheimer’s develops incontinence. What do you do now? The following letter and its answer may help with this puzzling combination.
Q) My mother has had Alzheimer’s for probably 8 years. She has just begun having accidents in her bed and clothes. My father has briefs for her, but we are wondering about a simple way to get her to wear them. Perhaps you have some suggestions. Also if she wet them and changed clothes she might to put the briefs in the toilet. Should we put a diaper pail in the bathroom? Any ideas you have would be very helpful and much appreciated. Mother is 78, as is my father.
Elizabeth Smith-Boivin of Mills View Adult Home in New York and Gladys Bunker of the Alzheimer’s Association of the Greater Palm Beach Area in Florida, provided the following answer:
A) If it is environmental incontinence, related to Alzheimer’s Disease she simply may be forgetting how to find the bathroom in a timely way. In that case, you may want to keep the bathroom door open and the light on, so the toilet is visible. Treat the protective undergarments as part of normal dressing and don’t make a big deal over it. The more you make an issue of it, the more it becomes a battle. Your mother may be unwilling to wear adult protective undergarments because she finds them uncomfortable. There are a number of products available, from simple, thin undergarment liners that enable a person to continue wearing their own underpants to the full, protective undergarments that feel like underpants. There are disposable as well as reusable and washable products on the market today. Find the most comfortable and reasonable product for your mother and your situation. Protective bed sheets are also available. To the degree it is possible, involve your mother in the decision of which product to use, showing her all the available options. This will contribute to her sense of independence, which is very important to an individual with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Using a diaper pail in the bathroom is an excellent idea. But remember, it will be difficult for your mother to learn a new task. It would be a good idea for someone to assist her so they can remind her not to throw the undergarments in the toilet. You could also try securing a plastic garbage bag around the toilet bowl and dispose of it later.
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