HeWee Go: the device that could stop you from visiting the toilet ever again

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For elders with bladder weakness, a simpler, cleaner, easier-to-use urine system is on the way.

Here are some of the details

A jockstrap-cum-colostomy-bag, the HeWee allows you to urinate on the go and is formed of an adjustable support belt, rubber sheath and leg-mounted collection bag. Unsurprisingly, it looks just as ridiculous as it sounds.

Which is where the HeWee Go Active comes in.

Adult Diapers and their benefits

Adult diapers come in two designs – Nappy type and Panty type.

incontThe nappy type diapers are for people who are bed-ridden or those that need to wear them while at home or overnight, while the pull-on panty type diapers are for mobile people.

The advantages of wearing pull-on panty type diapers are as follows:

  1. They are relatively thin and discreet. No one will know that one is wearing them.
  2. Just like regular underwear they can be easily removed and worn again. So, if one has access to a toilet, one can use it by pulling down the diaper, urinating into the toilet and pulling the diaper up back in position afterwards.
  3. In case no suitable toilet is available, as most diapers are geared to absorb at least a litre of liquid, one can urinate into the diaper without worries.
  4. The diapers will absorb all the liquid and keep the outer side and the inner side dry. This prevents problems due to the skin being constantly being damp.
  5. The diapers are also designed to contain smell so even when the diaper is saturated, no urine smell will emanate from them.

The advantages of nappy-type diapers are:

  1. They are highly absorbent
  2. They have wetness indicators to tell you when they need to be changed.
  3. They maintain dryness on the inside as well as outside.
  4. They are easy to put on for others, especially for those that are bed-ridden.
  5. They prevent smells from escaping.

Though diapers are not very environmentally friendly, they are the best option that is currently available for problems relating to bladder weakness.

Understanding and dealing with faecal incontinence

Any form of incontinence, though may not be fatal, can surely rob the life of the affected.

faecalIncFaecal Incontinence (FI) is basically lack of control over defecation leading to involuntary loss of some or all of the bowel contents. This is a symptom and not a diagnosis. There can be several underlying reasons for FI including recent anorectal surgery, damage during childbirth, weakened sphincter, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Chrohn’s disease,  just diarrhea or neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Luckily not too many people suffer from this. It is estimated that just over 2% of the adults suffer from faecal incontinence at some point in time and only 0.5 – 1% of adults experience regular FI.

While potential embarrassment is a major worry, there are more serious health concerns associated with FI over and above the underlying causes of the FI in the first place. As the skin around the anal region has prolonged contact with faecal matter, this can lead to maceration, which is the softening and whitening of the skin due to continues exposure to moisture. Additionally, because of the bacteria that flourish in the faecal matter, Urinary Tract Infections(UTI) become more common. Finally, especially in the case of bedridden people, bed sores (also called pressure ulcers) start forming rather frequently.

Use of adult diapers and their regular change can help mitigate some of the problems. Also regular cleansing and strict maintenance of hygiene can go a long way in reducing the chances of bed sore and related issues.

If you or your loved ones suffer from FI, do approach a Doctor at the earliest.

A note for those family members living with their elder parents or relatives: Many people suffering from FI are too embarrassed to discuss this problem and may be trying to quietly deal with the problems themselves. If you notice frequent and hurried visits to the toilet, reluctance to leave home, frequent washing of clothes, especially undergarments, stains on clothes and bed linen and smells associated with fecal matter, broach the subject with sensitivity and gently get them to allow you to take them to the Doctor.

Products for light incontinence

It has been estimated that light incontinence affects over 30% of people over the age of 18 at some point in time in their lives. Obviously, this problem and the percentage affected increases with age.

For women, if you have had a few children, if you are overweight, if you are athletic, if you are a regular coffee drinker, if you have had a hysterectomy, or suffer from bladder infection, in all likelihood, you will experience light incontinence sooner or later. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 women suffer from the ocassional “spritz”, sometimes while laughing, or going over a speed bump or some such common daily activity. Many women use sanitary pads for protection, but these pads, not meant for this purpose, obviously are not the most appropriate.

As for men, with age, men too suffer ocassional bouts of mild incontinence. Alcohol, caffiene, overhydration, bladder irritation, certain medicines, prostate issues, urinary tract infections or blockages, bladder stones, can all be causes for mild to moderate incontinence.

What should be used under these circumstances are incontinence pads of various kinds that are available. These are not adult diapers (which are only for people with moderate to heavy incontinence), but smaller, lighter, more comfortable and completely discreet pads that will absorb the ocassional drop and keep you dry and odor-free.

For women, the pads are very similar to sanitary napkins in terms of putting it on, though they are quite different in design. The pictures below show what they look like and how they should be worn.  These come in Normal, Extra and Plus depending on the level of incontinence.

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For men, the mild incontinence products are probably nothing like anything you have seen before!

Depending upon how mild (or not), the incontinence, there are several kinds with variations from one brand to another (obviously this is a green field with a lot of fluidity in the design). The only common thing about these pads is that most of them dont work with a boxer type, loose-fitting underwear. So if you are the boxer type, you may want to change to a brief type underwear first.

For seriously mild incontinence (a drop every now and then), the following should work (Seni Man Active).

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For slightly greater leakage, the one below should work (Seni Man Normal).

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For men with sudden spritzes, but less than moderate incontinence, the super absorbent type (Seni Man Super) shown below should leave you feeling high and dry.

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Remember, incontinence is a problem that is only mildly irritating if you can take care of it properly. However, do check with the doctor to ensure that there are no other serious underlying causes for your incontinence.

To buy light incontinence products, go here.

 

Understanding diaper sizes

When you are a first time user of adult diapers, it is very important that you find an adult diaper that is the right size.  It has to fit snugly to ensure zero leak and at the same time, large enough so that you don’t have to stretch the sticky-tapes too far (for nappy type diapers), leaves enough space and does not bite into the skin or hinder blood circulation.

Adult diapers come is familiar sizes such as Small, Medium, Large, etc., but due to a lack of standardization of sizes, these labels can be misleading.  To complicate things further, some of the sizes refer to hip sizes and other refer to waist sizes.  In addition, with age, for most people the waist disappears and more weight seems to settle in the hip area. To find your size, take the larger of your hip size(around the hip bone) and waist size (at the level of your navel).

Given all these complications, it may be necessary to try out one or two sizes before one can figure out the right one.  To get you started on your hunt for the right adult diaper, please find below the sizes and measurements for the different brands we sell at Old Is Gold Store.

NO PRODUCT BRAND SIZE RANGE
1 REGULAR SENI SUPER X S 40 – 60 CM
2 REGULAR SENI SUPER S 55 –  80 CM
3 REGULAR SENI SUPER M 75 – 110 CM
4 REGULAR SENI SUPER L 100 – 150 CM
5 REGULAR SENI SUPER X L 130 – 170 CM
6 REGULAR SENI STANDARD S 55 –  80 CM
7 REGULAR SENI STANDARD M 75 – 110 CM
8 REGULAR SENI STANDARD L 100 – 150 CM
9 REGULAR SENI STANDARD X L 130 – 170 CM
10 REGULAR ELDER PLUS M 32 – 44 HIP SIZE
11 REGULAR ELDER PLUS L 38 – 54 HIP SIZE
12 REGULAR LIBERTY M 71 – 111 CM
13 REGULAR LIBERTY L 100 – 150 CM
14 PULL UPS MEDIPLUS M 75 – 110 CM
15 PULL UPS MEDIPLUS L 110 – 145 CM
16 PULL UPS ICHIBAN M 60 – 95 CM
17 PULLUPS ICHIBAN L 85 – 125 CM

Disposing the diaper after use

Here’s how you can responsibly dispose of used adult diapers.

Do:

1. Once an adult diaper has been used, immediately after removal, please check if there is any fecal matter in it.  If there is any fecal matter, dump the solid waste (not the entire diaper) into the toilet.

2. Roll the diaper in on to itself from one end to the other so that the soiled area is on the inside and use the tape available (for the nappy type diapers) to keep it closed.

3.  Put the rolled-up diaper in a plastic bag (a small garbage bag is ideal) and knot the mouth of the plastic bag tightly.

4.  When you next leave the house, drop the plastic bag into the nearest bin.

5. Wash your hands thoroughly.

Don’t:

a.  Do not try and flush the diaper into the toilet.  A diaper is too big to be flushed down and you will end up clogging the plumbing.

b.  Do not leave fecal matter in the diaper as this will attract stray dogs and other scavengers that will tear the diaper apart and strew the contents all over the place.

c.  Do not throw out the diaper without a plastic cover.

Finally, remember that though a few varieties of completely bio-degradable adult diapers are available, most of the ones available in the market are not fully bio-degradable. So use them wisely and sparingly.

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence (UI) is any involuntary leakage of urine  caused by poor bladder control.

It can happen to anyone, but  becomes more common with age. Urinary incontinence is more common in women and older people. Incontinence is reported to affect one in 3 women and one in 10 men.

 Indicators

  • Frequent visits to the toilet to pass small amounts of urine (more than 8 times in a 24-hour period).
  • Feelings of a strong and sudden desire to urinate and being unable to hold on.
  • Having to pass urine several times during the night.
  • A feeling of not having emptied your bladder even though you’ve just urinated.
  • Leaking urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze or walk.

If you have any of the above symptoms please do visit your Doctor, preferably one who is a geriatric specialist to eliminate other possible ailments.

If you are suffering from incontinence, adult diapers provide all the support you need.  Most people continue to lead a normal, active life as modern adult diapers are light-weight, thin, super absorbent with deodorizing capabilities which ensure that no one can tell that you are wearing one!

Choosing the right Adult Diaper

Disposable adult Diapers are primarily of two types- the traditional nappy type & the pull on type (also called adult briefs and adult pants).

Choosing between the two types is usually determined by the condition of user.  The pull-up type is for active persons who can wear their own diapers while the nappy type is better suited for people who require assistance in putting on a diaper.

Removal of both types of diapers is fairly straight forward.  For the pull-up type, you can remove the diaper either by pulling it down or by tearing at the sides and removing it.  For the nappy-type, once the sticky-tapes are removed, the diaper can be easily removed.

Note that adult diapers are largely unisex and are the same for both men and women.

Introduction to Adult Diapers

An adult diaper is a diaper made to be worn by adults to differentiate them from those worn by infants more commonly known as baby diapers. Diapers can be necessary for adults with various conditions, such as incontinence, mobility impairment, severe diarrhea or dementia.

Adult diapers are made in various forms, including those resembling traditional nappy diapers, underpants etc. Absorbent incontinence products come in a wide range of types with varying capacities and sizes.

If you are new to using adult diapers, please do check the size details of the brand you wish to buy carefully before making the purchase.  Though adult diapers come marked as small, medium, large, and extra-large, the actual sizes vary from brand to brand and manufacturer to manufacturer.  To start with try and get a sample if possible.  If not, buy a pack of 10 and use it.  Try a couple of brands to figure out which one you are most comfortable in and then you can buy a month’s supply at a time.

Some online shops provide an annual subscription as well that helps ensure regular supply of diapers for you.