1. How to choose the right incontinence management product?
Step 1: Determine the level of incontinence you are dealing with. Depending on the level of incontinence, frequency of urine loss and the degree of mobility of a given person we can choose appropriate pads or briefs.
Step 2: Choose the type of an absorbent product you would like to use.
Step 3: Determine the size of a product to ensure optimal fit on the body.
2. Briefs, underwear or anatomically shaped pads – what to choose?
Mobile people, partially able to control passing urine will surely feel much more comfortable in anatomically shaped pads (without the wings around the hip) which are fixed on the body with the special supporting pants. Such people are also likely to choose absorbent disposable underwear, which resemble ordinary underpants, and are really comfortable and easy to use.
For bedridden people, or those with limited mobility, we recommend the briefs which provide optimal protection in heavy and severe incontinence.
All products provide excellent protection in incontinence, however it is important to remember to choose the proper size and absorbency, and also to properly activate the product before using it.
3. Are there different incontinence products for men and women?
Depending on the type of protection needed, we classify products for which are designed for men, women, and those, which are universal. In the case of light incontinence management products the division into pads for men and women is due to the anatomical differences. From the range of Seni products for women we offer Seni Lady, bladder control pads (which can also be used by some men), and a range of Seni Man guards which are designed specifically for men. Also underwear is available in gender specific versions – Seni Active for Women in lavender color and Seni Active for Men in gray color. Products for moderate to severe incontinence management – the briefs, anatomically shaped pads, disposable underwear – are usually dedicated for both men and women.
4. What is the difference between a bladder control pad and a period pad?
It is often the case, that a period pad is used to protect the underwear in light incontinence, out of habit. This solution is ineffective. Bladder control pads and period pads look similar, however their design and construction is different due to different application. Period pads usually are not equipped with side gathers that is essential in case of urine leakage. Bladder control pads are engineered to effectively absorb bigger amount of thinner liquid such as urine, whereas period pads are designed to absorb smaller portions of thicker blood.
5. Why it is worth to choose vapor permeable products?
Our skin needs constant air supply, because it has to “breathe” in order to stay in good condition. If an outer layer of a brief is made only of insulating film, the film blocks vapor circulation, causing the skin to sweat. In cases of prolonged brief wearing this makes the skin chafed. Chafed skin is more prone to suffer from bedsores.
Vapor permeable products minimize the risk of chafes and bedsores thanks to the special structure of the outer layer. In PREMIUM Quality products, i.e. Seni Super briefs, Seni Active, Seni Shaped Pads, Seni Lady and Seni Man, the whole outer layer is made of vapor permeable material. This material has the same barrier properties as film, but in its structure there are micropores small enough to keep the moisture in, yet big enough, to let the vapour out. Due to that feature the air circulation is not disturbed and the skin can breathe easily.
Using a backsheet made of a different material than film doesn’t influence the absorbency of the brief, nor its absorbing time, but improves the comfort of use – vapor permeable briefs do not rustle. They are more discreet and softer in touch.
The vapor permeability in briefs can be to some degree obtained by application of a special nonwoven side wings. The nonwoven material enables free air circulation in the hip part of the product.
6. Does a catheterised person need to use absorbent products?
Use of different products depends on whether a catheterised person also experiences fecal incontinence.
If there is no fecal incontinence it is enough to use a bed underpad or a bladder control pad. In the case of fecal incontinence it is recommended to use some incontinence products, such as briefs or shaped pads. It is also recommended to use absorbent products between the periods of catheterization.
7. What to use for a person with fecal incontinence?
Sometimes urinary incontinence is accompanied by fecal incontinence and the briefs often get soiled. In such cases it is not possible to make the most of the absorbent capacity of a brief, and frequent product changes increase daily cost of use.
In order to avoid excessive costs it is worth to use additional inserts with the briefs; after getting soiled the inserts can be easily taken out leaving the brief suitable for further use.
Seni has such inserts included in the offer – these are the Seni Booster Pads. These inserts can be used with briefs of all sizes.
8. How to take care of the incontinent person’s skin?
Skin of an incontinent person requires special protection. Keeping up proper hygiene not only helps to avoid unwanted skin conditions, but also improves comfort and makes one simply feel better.
What should daily care include?
Using special cosmetics to wash and take care of parts exposed to irritation; preventive care.
There are complete lines of wash and care products dedicated for people with urinary incontinence which can be found in good pharmacies and medical stores. Best care is provided by using cosmetics from one product range, for example the Seni Care line – the cosmetics from this line complete one another’s effect on the skin.
What is important to remember?
An incontinent person’s skin is especially sensitive, and constant exposure to irritant factors worsens its condition even more.
In order to avoid negatively affecting the skin even more, it is important to use the care products in moderation.
Personal hygiene should be carried out at least once a day, and the skin having contact with the absorbent product should be cleansed and taken care of after each product change.
Each process should be carried out gently and carefully in order not to irritate the skin.
Using delicate and soft towels and wash gloves is really worth considering.
9. How often should one change the absorbent product?
An absorbent product should be changed as often as necessary. When a brief or pad is so full that it cannot be used anymore it means it has to be changed.
In order not to expose the skin to unnecessary irritation it is advised to change the product each time the incontinent person passes stool. In other cases the wetness indicator, which changes color and blurs after contact with moisture, will inform that the product is full. When 50-80% of wetness indicator length has changed color in Seni products, it is time to change the product.
NOTE: One should check the level of a product’s wetness, because prolonged presence of moisture inside the brief may lead to skin irritation and greatly deteriorate the comfort of the user.
10. Is using absorbent products safe?
Using Seni absorbent products is safe. Seni does not use natural rubber latex to manufacture absorbent products reducing the risk of allergic reactions; the materials used to produce Seni absorbent products come from reliable sources and are carefully tested in terms of safety. Our production facilities have implemented the ISO quality standards, what is confirmed by adequate certificates. All products comply with strict safety requirements set out by the European Union, what is confirmed by the presence of the CE sign on packs of our products.
11. What is meant by brief activation?
It is really important to carefully activate a brief before putting it on. Activation is preparing a brief for use. Activation fluffs the absorbent core, which is originally pressed, and raises the standing gathers, which prevent side leakages.
12. How to avoid leakage from the absorbent product?
Leakage is most commonly caused by choosing an improper product for the level of incontinence, or by wrong product size. In order to avoid leakage and to provide user’s maximum comfort, follow these rules:
- the product should be well fitted – ensure you are using the right size
- the absorbency of a product should be adequate to the level of urine loss
- activate the product before use
- ensure that the side standing gathers fit closely to the body and they are not twisted
- one should change the product as frequent as necessary to avoid its overfilling
If the above rules are followed the risk of leakage is minimized. A soft bed underpad can be used at night for extra protection.
How Does Seni Compare to Depends?
Seni incontinence products is manufactured in Europe and is now being introduced into the U.S. market. One of the major advantages of this line of incontinence products is that its outer cover has thousands of tiny ports which allow air to circulate and keep the skin dry and healthy. Depend does not offer this benefit. Moreover, Seni is available in twice as many absorbencies as Depend protection with tabs. This means caregivers don’t have to settle and can find the right absorbency to meet the needs of the loved one in their care. In addition, the Seni briefs are offered in 4 to 6 sizes versus only 2 for Depend. The right size means a better fit and the better a product fits, the better it will work. Plus using a ‘just right’ size can save money.