“Urinary incontinence is the involuntary and unintentional leaking of urine. Urinary incontinence can also be an embarrassing problem. As with many potentially embarrassing or uncomfortable symptoms, those affected may be hesitant to speak up or ask questions about their condition, even at the doctor's office. Urinary incontinence occurs more often in women than in men, and it is a lot more common than you might expect. In fact, chances are that you know other people who have been affected by urinary incontinence” (MedicineNet).
Incontinence is a common problem that affects both women and men as they age. It is a problem that can cause embarrassment and can rob individuals of their dignity, independence, and self-reliance. The cause of the incontinence can be varied but in most cases, it is caused at least in part by the inability of an individual who is older or impaired in some way to manipulate zippers and buttons fast enough to make it to the toilet in time to relieve themselves. It is an embarrassing occurrence and for some it can happen daily. Incontinence can lead to anxiety, depression, social fears, being withdrawn, and a decline in hygiene and health. This is where adaptive clothes can help because it is made to be easy wear, easy care for the individual as well as their caregivers.
There are many different types of incontinence that can afflict people- whether they are older or not. The classification of the type of incontinence will be depending upon the reason for the problem.
Abnormalities in bladder function commonly are referred to as urge incontinence and are thought to be related to abnormal contractions within the bladder that cause premature elimination.
Damage to or weakening of the pelvic muscles can lead to what is known as stress incontinence, in which urine leaks when the individual coughs, sneezes, or is riding in a bumpy car.
Other types of incontinence are also fairly common and many can develop if the bladder is unable to fully empty or there is the feeling of needing to go and being unable to go at times.
It is also common in many elderly individuals to have a mixture of more than one type of incontinence where there are weakened muscles which are coupled with the inability to fully eliminate.
The first thing to note about adaptive clothes is that it’s designed for urinary incontinence is that it needs to be made from materials that can withstand a lot of washing. Frequent accidents mean frequent washings and it is important to give individuals clothing that will hold up in the wash so they are not forced to wear faded or stained clothing. The second thing to keep in mind when it comes to incontinence clothing, is the way the clothing helps address the common issues these individuals face. Elastic bands can replace belts and zippers and Velcro fasteners are usually better than buttons. The use of easy access panels and cut away flaps can also make getting to the bathroom in time easier for these individuals.
It is a very distressing thing to suffer from urinary incontinence but there is hope. Adaptive clothes for incontinence can be a real lifesaver and can help give individuals back their freedom and independence!