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Why we love Tena

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Why we love Tena

It’s simply that Tena® products are the very best incontinence products on the market. Because of the quality and sale-womensreliability of their products, they have been Careway’s best selling incontinence products for the past 12 years in a row. .We also love Tena’s philosophy and selling approach.  As an example, this is a Tena® quote…”Enjoy the peace of mind to live life fearlessly with our range of adult incontinence products.  From pads and underwear to briefs and guards.  Tena® offers incontinence absorbent products tailored to fit the unique needs of men and women”.  I’m sure you’ll agree, a statement like that says a lot about the Tena® company.

At Careway Wellness Center, those customers who regularly buy Tena® products are never disappointed with their purchases.  Many have been buying Tena® products for years and have had to transition from one product to another because their symptoms have changed…with Tena®, you can do just that because, unlike other companies, their product line includes a complete range of adult incontinence products to meet every need a person may have…from very light leakage to very heavy leakage.

Tena Club

storefront250Because of the large volume of Tena® products sold online and in our retail store, every Tena® product is always on sale . However, we don’t stop there…we go a step further.  In addition to having all Tena® products always on sale, we wanted to do more for our customers in order to thank them for their loyalty. We did this by forming the popular  Tena Club.  The Tena Club is a win/win program for Careway Wellness Center as well as ten3Careway’s customers.  The Tena Club continuously brings us new online clients from throughout the entire country. These Tena Club customers receive an additional 10% OFF on top of their normal discounted price.  Also, as an added benefit, they have the option of receiving automatic shipments without the bother of having to place an order when they are close to needing product.  It’s all done automatically for Tena Club members.

Our passion for the Tena Club comes from the fact that it’s so easy to join and it helps our customers save lots of money.  As stated previously, In addition to our regular discounted prices, you’ll get an additional 10% OFF your Tena purchases if you are a member of the Tena ClubThis  can add up to be a substantial annual savings.  Membership is absolutely FREE and registering to become a member of the Tena Club is quick and easy. Below, you will find a video that walks you through the process on how you can become a member of the Tena Club.  You can also call us directly at 1-800-292-4343 and ask one of our incontinence specialist to sign you up for the Tena Club.  It’s so easy to do…do it today! 

Until next week…

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Over Active Bladder

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Over Active Bladder

Over Active Bladder or OAB, as it is commonly referred to, is a term that you will usually hear or read about when the topic of discussion is urinary incontinence.  Whenever you see a commercial on TV for a drug that is used to treat urinary incontinence, you will usually hear about an “over active bladder” (OAB).

Just what is an OAB?  It’s a term assigned to a common condition that affects a very large population…in fact, millions of men and women. OAB is not a disease, but is simply the term used to describe a group of urinary symptoms, the most common of which is a sudden urge to urinate. The urge usually comes on unexpectedly with little warning and is more or less uncontrollable. The reaction to such an urge is finding a restroom quickly. Another common symptom of an OAB is having to go to the bathroom several times during the day and at night.

Most of the time, an OAB is the result of bladder muscles contracting more frequently than normal. Bladder muscle contraction can be caused by many factors amongst which are urinary tract infections (UTI), side effects from drugs, pregnancy, illnesses such as Parkinson’s, MS, MD, MS and other neurological diseases. With men, an OAB is a common sign of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), which in non medical terms is an enlarged prostate gland.  When the prostate gland becomes enlarged, it exerts pressure on the tube (urethra) that carries urine from the bladder to exit…this pressure results in an urge to urinate

In addition to having an urge to go, an OAB can be accompanied by unavoidable urine leakage.  When unavoidable leaking of urine occurs, an individual is considered to have “incontinence”.  If your personal condition reaches the point of incontinence, it becomes necessary to take action.

I strongly suggest that you quiz yourself to determine if there’s a possibility you have OAB. The five most relative questions to answer are given below.  Be honest with yourself, when answering these five questions.
(To better clarify each question, I have offered further details below each question.)

  1. Do you have to visit the bathroom more than 7-9 times during the day?
    If you’re visiting the bathroom more frequently, and you’re noticing that some of those visits result in only several drops of urine, you may have OAB.
  2. Are you having to rush to get to the bathroom for fear of an accident?
    If rushing to the bathroom to urinate and finding that the result is a small amount of leakage, there’s a good possibility that you have an OAB accompanied by urge incontinence.
  3. Do you have to go to the bathroom more than 3 to 4 times during the night?
    This is a symptom of nocturia and is another sign of an OAB especially for men.  When men have to get up several times during the night, it usually relates to an enlarged prostate gland or BPH as discussed above.  Men can expect to see signs of BPH at age 50 and beyond.
  4. When you’re away from home or at a social affair…for example, at a wedding or at the theater…do you find yourself scouting out the nearest restroom?
    If you find yourself doing just that, you can be pretty certain that it’s another sign of an OAB or urge incontinence.
  5. Are you avoiding to do things that you really enjoy doing for fear of having an accident?
    If so…what’s happening is that you are actually changing your normal life style around the fear of a potential accident.  Although this is likely another sign of an OAB, you should never succumb to a regression in lifestyle…that would be defeatism. which is absolutely unnecessary.

For those who find that they are, indeed, confronted with an OAB syndrome and/or urge incontinence, don’t fret, because there are several first-steps you can take that might work well for you. First and most important is that you learn how to recognize the symptoms of your personal incontinence condition. Once you understand your personal symptoms, you will be in a position to know whether or not what you are trying is working…remember…helping yourself is a trial-and-error process.

Most everyone who encounters OAB symptoms initially opt to trying absorption products such as liners or pads.  These products are readily available in retail stores.  Incontinence Specialists may be available to answer your questions and make suggestions as to what products are best for your particular condition.

For first time buyers, I strongly recommend trying the product before you buy the product.  This is good advice, especially for first time buyers.  By testing a product, you will be able to determine if it’s the correct choice for your level of incontinence.  Careway Wellness Center offers an excellent free sample program for its Tenafree-samples  products.  Simply call us at 800-292-4343  and speak with one of our incontinence specialists  who will assist you in selecting free samples, which will be forwarded to your home.  Once you receive the sample product, try it in the privacy of your own home before deciding to make a purchase. This way you can identify if it’s the right product for your level of incontinence.  You can also request a free sample of Tena products by  emailing us, or if you live in the vicinity of our retail store, just drop in and select it from our free sample basket.

If your choice is a Tena product, we certainly want to be sure you buy it at the very best price.  Our entire Tena line of products is always on sale.  What’s more, you will be able to receive additional savings, on top of our discounted prices, by joining our extremely popular Tena Club.  We have a passion for the Tena Club because it’s so easy to join and it helps our customers save lots of money.  In addition to our regular discounted prices, you’ll get an additional 10% OFF your Tena purchases if you are a member of the Tena ClubThis  can add up to be a substantial annual savings.  The Tena Club is a unique program with members throughout the entire United States.  Membership is absolutely FREE and registering to become a member of the Tena Club is quick and easy. Below, you will find a video that walks you through the process on how you can become a member of the Tena Club.  You can also call us directly at 1-800-292-4343 and ask one of our incontinence specialist to sign you up for the Tena Club.  It’s so easy to do! 

 

Until next week…

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Welcome in 2016!

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Welcome in 2016!

I want to wish readers of my blog a Healthy and Happy New Year.  For those who are dealing with an incontinence conditions, I ask…have you taken measures to improve the management of your condition?  Since this is the time when New Year resolutions are made, let me offer a few suggestions that could be of value when one is managing his/her incontinence condition.

Resolution No. 1: Most important is that you learn how to recognize the symptoms of your personal incontinence condition.  If you are unaware of your own bodily functions, your chances of helping yourself manage your incontinence condition become more complex.  So, I recommend that you make a point of tracking episodes of urination; such as, how many trips do you make to the bathroom during the day and during sleeping hours.  By that single task, you’ll be able to determine if your incontinence condition has either improved, remained the same, or has gotten worse. That information is valuable in determining what type of absorbing incontinence products you should be using.

Resolution No. 2:  If you haven’t initiated an exercise regime to strengthen the pelvic floor, do so immediately. Pelvic floor exercises or Kegels can be learned by anyone and they are easy and non strenuous to do. So brush up on the procedure and start your own exercise regime during this New Year. Strengthening your pelvic floor will help restore muscle function and lessen the symptoms of incontinence.

Resolution No. 3:  Pledge that you will not allow your incontinence condition to control your life.  Don’t spend this coming year with silent suffering because of embarrassment.  Become knowledgeable and develop expertise in incontinence management.  This will allow you to lead a normal healthy life

Those are my three best suggestions for 2016 New Year Resolutions.  I’m confident in saying, “if you are presently practicing any one or more of the above recommendations, you’re helping yourself”…and I congratulate your efforts.  If you have not already resolved yourself to all three of the above, I suggest one additional resolution.

Resolution No. 4:  Make an earnest attempt to accomplish all three of the above resolutions during 2016

Thank you!

During this past year 2015, Careway Wellness Center broke all previous sales records in selling Tena products. For the past 12 years Tena has been our very best incontinence product line.  No doubt, our exclusive Tena Club has been responsible for our record breaking sales in in 2015.  We want to take this opportunity to thank all of out Tena Club members for helping Careway Wellness Center achieve this record.

A special note to those who use TENA products.

If you use Tena products and have not joined our popular Tena Club for an extra 10% savings, view the video below and sign up today.

 

Click here to learn more about how the Tena Club works.

 

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Don’t be stigmatized by incontinence

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Don’t be stigmatized by incontinence

For people who have physical disabilities or serious health impairments,  it’s understandable why they may feel stigmatized.  This type of stigmatization is usually related to the fact that these individuals cannot participate in a normal social life, and as a result can become depressed, which in turn feeds on itself to enhance the phenomenon of stigmatization.  Stigma comes in many different forms and can affect a person in many different ways.  Psychologists and sociologists usually define stigma as “recognition of difference as a result of having a unique and distinguishing characteristic”…this recognition of difference can result in a person devaluing him or herself.  When one feels stigmatized because of some distinguishing characteristic, the result could be reclusiveness or a voluntary restriction of participation in social life patterns. This can result in depression, which, in turn, results in more isolation.  That being the case, it’s very important and necessary for one to guard oneself from feeling stigmatized.

As you know, if you’ve been reading my blogs, my messages are always of a positive tone with the intent of uplifting people who are dealing with an incontinence condition. My first priority is to teach my audience how to successfully manage their incontinence condition. I’m always stressing that in order for people to successfully manage their incontinence, they must, most importantly, recognize and understand their personal symptoms. Then, and only then, can good decisions be made when buying incontinence products . 

So why has the subject of stigmatization crept into a blog that I sign-off with the slogan…Follow our blog and be Happy!”?   Allow me to further explain.  Only two days ago, I came across a research article written by the President of an organization that is dedicated to helping people who feel stigmatized because they have incontinence.  The name of the organization is the “Simon Foundation for Continence”.  One of its prime missions is to “remove the stigma surrounding incontinence”.  I never looked upon people feeling stigmatized because they had incontinence.  Maybe it’s because I’m associated with a business that, over the years, has sold literally millions of dollars of incontinence products to thousands of customers. I can safely say, a single day doesn’t pass without customers visiting our retail store to purchase an incontinence product.  And, that’s the reason why I was in disbelief reading the article on “removing the stigma surrounding incontinence”.  Never once did I see the look of stigmatization on any of the customers who frequent Careway Wellness Center for incontinence products.  However, thinking about it further, I questioned myself whether or not those customers who are doing the shopping for incontinence products are actually doing the shopping for themselves…or could they possibly be shopping for a family member or loved one who may, indeed, be stigmatized and, therefore, does not want to face a clerk or walk up to the checkout counter holding a package of incontinence briefs. 

I’m old enough to remember years past when incontinence products were never openly exposed in a store.  Instead, they were overwrapped with plain wrapping paper and located in an inconspicuous area of the store. Incontinence products were only sold in drugstores and not in grocery stores or chain stores.. I suppose the reason for that was because being incontinent carried with it a degree of stigma.  But, and this is a big BUT, today there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to be stigmatized.  We might say, “you can stop being a closeted incontinent person”…no one really cares!  Times have certainly changed…and, thank God, for the better. 

tena-twist-dance-large-3Today, you can walk into most any drugstore or food store and easily locate absorbent incontinence products in an aisle prominently marked “Incontinence Needs”.  Also, we view advertisements about incontinence on TV and in magazines. These ads and TV commercials are sponsored by TENA, DEPENDS, TRANQUILITY, ATTENDS and other well respected companies.  As you can see, taboos of the past are being erased.  Replacing those taboos are commercials depicting happy, humorous people behaving as perfectly normal and well adjusted individuals.

It’s taken a long time for the stigma to be erased.  However, because of the good things that have happened over the years, there is absolutely no reason for any person with an incontinence condition to ever feel stigmatized.  And, therefore, no reason to be ashamed to go into a store and purchase or ask questions about incontinence products. So, if you felt stigmatized in the past, get over it today and become yourself…a normal person with a condition shared by 40 million others in the USA.

A special note to those who use TENA products.

If you use Tena products and have not joined our popular Tena Club for an extra 10% savings, view the video below and sign up today.

 

Click here to learn more about how the Tena Club works.

 

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Are Prescription Drugs the Answer to Incontinence?

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Are Prescription Drugs the Answer to Incontinence?

I’m sure most of my readers feel the same way as I do when they’re watching TV and one of those urinary incontinence commercials pops up.  The purpose of the commercial is to inform the viewer that urinary incontinence symptoms will cease when you take “XYZ” drug.  The first things you see and hear are all of the good stuff about “XYZ” drug…then, you hear the less than good news; such as, “tell your doctor if you have this or that health conditions”  or  “if you have difficulty breathing, call your doctor immediately”  or  “if you get swelling of the face, throat or tongue, call your doctor immediately ” and the one I like least, “in certain instances this drug can cause death”.  What? Did I hear that right, “this drug can cause death”. Baloney with such nonsense!  The drug company is literally asking their audience to take a drug that has the possibility of causing death because the viewer may have to go to the bathroom more often than usual or because he or she may wet his or her pants occasionally …No way, Mr. Drug Company!  

For goodness’ sake, does everyone who has the beginning symptoms of urinary incontinence have to rush to the doctor for a prescription that supposedly will keep you from making less trips to the bathroom? I don’t think so!  So, what’s going on here? 

I’ll tell you what’s going on. Drug companies always follow the numbers.  The numbers drive the decisions as to whether or not a drug company should invest in developing a new drug for an illness.  But, keep in mind that urinary incontinence is not an illness…it’s a condition that can be effectively managed.  I can assure you, that you will never ever read a death certificate that reads urinary incontinence as the cause of death.  So, if it’s not an illness, why have several drug companies bothered to invest millions of dollars to develop drugs that simply allay symptoms of urinary incontinence?  The answer to that question is that drug companies have studied the numbers and found that as many as 47 million Americans, 40 years of age or older, have overactive active bladder (OAB ) symptoms.  These symptoms include a sudden urgency to urinate, which can sometimes lead to accidental wetting.  Big deal!…is that a reason to take “XYZ” drug for the rest of your life.  Again, I say, “I don’t think so!” Especially when you consider all of those horrible side effects that they mention on the TV commercials.

A better solution is to approach early symptoms of urinary incontinence with knowledge of the condition as well as knowledge of the many excellent products available, which have, without a doubt, been proven to be effective in managing urinary incontinence. Don’t be fooled by the plethora of TV commercials by several different drug companies. They don’t have to tell you what you should be doing…your very own instints will tell you when to seek the advice of your physician.  Until then, trust those same instincts to approach urinary incontinence with common sence.  

I have written several blogs on the subject of incontinence.  This might be the time to review some of those blogs before succumbing to one of those commercials on TV. The titles found below are some of the blogs that may be of interest.  A complete listing of blogs may be found by clicking on this link.

A special note to those who use TENA products.

If you use Tena products and have not joined our popular Tena Club for an extra 10% savings, view the video below and sign up today.

 

Click here to learn more about how the Tena Club works.

 

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Incontinence Education – Part 2

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Incontinence Education – Part 2

In last week’s blog, we talked about what one should know when buying incontinence products for the first time.  It was pointed out that before you can make an intelligent purchase, you have to be familiar with your personal symptoms.  We discussed “level of incontinence” and how to read the labeling to determine which product is the best product for your personal level of incontinence.

I’m not surprised if you find the process for making a first-time-purchase somewhat complicated and uneasy…most men and women do!  But remember, there’s lots of help out there, and you should never be shy or hesitant to talk about or ask questions concerning your personal incontinence condition.  Most retail stores will have experienced sales associates to answer your questions and guide you in the right direction…at Careway Wellness Center, they are referred to as Incontinence specialists and have extensive backgrounds and product knowledge.  Approach these specialists and ask your questions.  And, keep in mind that most establishments that carry incontinence products should have a Free Sample program so you can actually try-before-you-buy.  Look for the outlet that has such a program.

Now, let’s continue where we left off last week.  Today, I want to cover additional considerations when buying incontinence products.  Among them will be your personal activity level, selecting the proper size, odor control and protecting your skin.

Personal activity level:

If you’re a very active individual, you should be concerned that the product you select does not only have the proper absorbency level for your incontinence condition, but also is well fitting and flexible.  If your product selection is for very light leakage, you will not have to be concerned about fit and flexibility since you will be purchasing either a liner or a pad, and these products are designed to be discreet and to fit the contours of one’s body.  Liners and pads also have adhesive strips to keep them securely in place.  If your incontinence condition requires protective pull-on underwear, it becomes much more critical that you select the right fit.  The selected product should fit close to your body just like regular underwear.  The correct selection will give you peace of mind because the only person that will know you’re wearing them will be you.

Contrary to the above, when selecting an incontinence  product for a person with limited mobility or sedentary, you would want a product that’s easy to apply and easy to remove.  In these cases, there is usually a caregiver involved.

Selecting the proper size:

When one is selecting an incontinence product, choosing the correct size is important.  Incontinence products come in different waist sizes (S,M,L,XL,XXL,XXXL). You may find that selecting the correct waist size may not be as easy as knowing the correct waist size for a pair of slacks.  Although the waist size will be close to your clothing waist size, because of shapes and materials used, the optimum waist size for an incontinence product may not be the same as regular waist size.  That being said, your first selection may not be the very best, but it will be close and will allow you to make the necessary size adjustment when next purchased.

You might ask…what else do I need to manage my incontinence?

Always keep in mind that managing your personal incontinence consists of more than buying products that will absorb your urine leakage…that is only the first step.  The next step is skin care.  It’s widely accepted that urinary incontinence can contribute to skin breakdown, and for that reason, one should always become familiar with methods and products designed to prevent skin breakdown. The breakdown of skin tissue in persons having an incontinence condition is called incontinence dermatitis and the products used to prevent incontinence dermatitis are termed perineal products.

Several studies having to do with incontinence dermatitis have revealed that using only soap and water to clean the perineal area may not be sufficient to prevent skin irritation from occurring.  Now that we have an understanding of why incontinent people should be attentive to perineal care, let’s take a look at the various products that are readily available and have proven to be effective in preventing incontinence dermatitis.

The Tena brand includes all of the perineal products, therefore, I shall highlight their products in this blog.

Tena Ultra Washcloths

Tena Ultra Washcloths

Washclothes:
Tena Ultra Washcloths are large, soft alcohol free wipes that come in a handy softpack dispenser.  They have special fibers that are impregnated with a fluid that is designed to gently cleanse and moisturize the skin, while removing impurities.  The washcloths ensure quick, efficient and gentle perineal care at each incontinence product change.  These washcloths can also be used for gentle washing of the whole body.  They contain dimethicone, aloe and chamomile.


Tena UltraFlush Washcloths

Tena UltraFlush Washcloths

Flushable Washcloths:
Tena Flushable Washcloths promotes proper perineal care practices for those toileting with or without assistance. They are over 99% biodegradable, sewer and septic safe, and will not clog pipes when used as directed.  The moisturizing 3-in-1 formula gently cleans, protects and leaves skin feeling moisturized.  These washcloths are alcohol free.

 


Tena Dry Wipes

Tena Dry Wipes

Dry Washcloths:
Tena Cliniguard Dry Washcloths measure 10” X 13-1/4” in size and are very strong and very soft wipes.  These multi-purpose dry disposable washcloths are ideal for perineal care, but are also suitable for the whole body. They can be used dry with TENA Skin-caring Wash Cream for perineal care, or used with TENA Bodywash and Shampoo for all-over cleansing.

 


Tena Protective Cream

TENA® Protective Cream

Protective Cream:
Tena Protective Cream is an extra protective cream that contains zinc oxide and vitamin E.  It is the choice cream for skin that is sensitive and requires extra protection and care.  The zinc oxide serves as the protective coating that will help keep urine from contacting the sensitive skin areas while the vitamin E serves as the healing agent to soothe irritated skin.  Vulnerable elderly skin sometimes needs extra help, and this is a product that offers that extra help.  This product comes in a handy tube for easy application.

 


Tena Skin-Caring Wash Cream

Tena Skin-Caring Wash Cream

Perineal Cleansing Cream:
Tena Skin Caring Wash Cream is a tubed cream that is easy to dispense and easy to use. It is gentle, and it both cleanses and moisturizes the skin in just one easy step.  It is formulated with healing ingredients that help maintain healthy skin even for those with sensitive, delicate and fragile skin.  After been applied to the perineal area, It leaves a small lipid film on the skin surface for added protection.  This cleansing cream has pleasant mild fresh scent that helps control odor.

If you use Tena products and have not joined our popular Tena Club for an extra 10% savings, view the video below and sign up today.

 

Click here to learn more about how the Tena Club works.

 

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Incontinence Education – Part 1

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Incontinence Education – Part 1

What you are about to read is not an unusual occurrence!  For the first time in your life, you may be faced with having to make a decision about how you should go about buying an incontinence product.  It will be a shopping experience unlike any other.  You have no problem when shopping for clothing, food, a TV, or for that matter, most any item that you commonly use. But, when it comes to purchasing an incontinence product for the first time, you’ll find yourself clueless.  The big difference is, you don’t know anything about what you are going to buy and even more troubling is you’re hesitant to even talk to anyone about what you’re looking to buy.  So, where do you start under these circumstances, and how do you educate yourself on the subject of incontinence products?  The bottom line is this…if you become faced with the onset of incontinence, you have to find a way to become educated on the subject of buying incontinence products.  Let me attempt to give you the tools you’ll need to become educated and knowledgeable about this subject.  The following information applies to both men and women.

Do I need an incontinence product?

The very first question to ask yourself is whether or not you are a candidate for an incontinence product.  A very good rule of thumb is…if you cannot reach a bathroom in time to satisfy your urge, the result will be leakage and wetness of your underwear.  You must then ask yourself whether this is a onetime accident or a frequent episode.  If it’s a frequent episode, you most likely have an incontinence issue.  And, this is when you should begin to get educated on how to buy incontinence products.  Below, I will outline things you need to know about incontinence products.

Cost of Incontinence products:

When learning about incontinence products, one of the very first things you become aware of is that there is a variety of prices, from low to medium to high.  Therefore, your first thoughts may be let me try the least expensive product first and if it doesn’t do the job, I will buy a more expensive product…WRONG!

Your first approach is not price, but instead, what is the best product for my particular symptoms?  In order to make this decision, you must understand your own incontinence symptoms.  Let’s talk about various symptoms and how these symptoms relate to product selection.

Evaluating your personal incontinence symptoms:

Your initial evaluation should be to determine your personal level of incontinence.  If you are dealing with a very low level of incontinence, for example, having few incidents of leaking and small amounts of wetness during the day, you most likely need an incontinence product that has light absorbency, such as a liner or a pad.  However, if you have heavy leakage, you will need a product that has high absorbency, such as, protective underwear or a fitted brief.  Once you have made an honest evaluation of your incontinence symptoms, your shopping spree for the correct incontinence product becomes a bit easier.

Read the labels on the various products:

Look on the label for information about  the amount of liquid the product is capable of absorbing…you will usually find a guide showing the product’s level of absorption.  It’s usually depicted by an illustration showing liquid drops…the more drops shown, the better the absorption.

free-samplesTry before you buy:
For first time buyers, I strongly recommend trying the product before you buy the product.  This is good advice, especially for first time buyers.  By testing a product, you will be able to determine if it’s the correct choice for your level of incontinence.  Careway Wellness Center offers an excellent free sample program for its Tena products.  Simply call us 800-292-4343  and speak with one of our  incontinence specialists.  Once you receive the product, try it in the privacy of your own home before deciding to make a purchase. This way you can identify if it’s the right product for your level of incontinence.  Other options to request a free sample of Tena products are to email us, or if you live in the vicinity of our retail store, just drop in and select it from our free sample basket.

Getting the best price:

If the product you decide on is a Tena product, we certainly want to be sure you buy it at the very best price.  You will be able to do this by joining our extremely popular Tena ClubThe Tena Club  is Careway Wellness Center’s own creation and we have a passion for its concept because it’s so easy to join and it helps our customers save money.  In addition to our regular discounted prices, you’ll get an additional 10% OFF your Tena purchases if you are a member of the Tena Club. This  can add up to be a substantial annual savings.  The Tena Club is a unique program with members throughout the entire United States.  Membership is absolutely FREE and registering to become a member of the Tena Club is quick and easy. Below, you will find a video that walks you through the process on how you can become a member of the Tena Club.  You can also call us directly at 1-800-292-4343 and ask one of our incontinence specialist to sign you up for the Tena Club.  It’s so easy to do! 

 

Next week, look for more educational information about buying incontinence products.  Until then…

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Underpads

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Underpads

As a simple definition…I would say that  an “underpad” is an incontinence product commonly used to protect mattresses, chairs, sofas, recliners and other furniture from getting wet.

In some cases, when managing the incontinence of a loved one, an important step is the use of underpads.  They are placed on the surface of bed sheets or on a chair to prevent urine contact with the mattress or chair upholstery.  Essentially, anytime a wetness incident becomes common, the use of underpads is the most popular option to keep bedding and furniture dry.  There are two types of underpads; those that are disposable and those that are reusable.  We will cover disposable underpads first.

Disposable Underpads

TENA InstaDri Air Underpad

TENA InstaDri Air Underpad

Disposable underpads are marketed by several companies and vary in absorbency.  The absorbency is dictated by the amount of material that is added to the underpad for the purpose of absorbing the wetness.  This material can be from a paper fluff to super absorbent polymers or a combination of both.  You will most likely find those products with super absorbent properties to be more expensive; however, by being a smart shopper, you will be able to save by taking advantage of online and in-store sales as well as by buying underpads in case quantities.  Another feature of disposable underpads is a strong cloth-like moisture proof backing, which helps reduce the possibility of tearing and at the same time prevents penetration of wetness.  Disposable underpads are also constructed with a backsheet that helps keep the skin dry.  It’s important to select an underpad according to the amount of leakage one has during the day and night.  If there is a large amount of leakage during the night, it is safe to say you will need to purchase the heaviest absorbency pads you can find.  This may be a trial-and-error process, but once you choose the correct underpad for the absorbency in question, you will have a less complicated life as a caregiver.  Search our offerings of disposable underpads…several are on sale at substantial savings.  As previously mentioned, disposable underpads are available at different absorbency levels ranging from light to heavy protection, therefore, as changes take place with wetness levels, changes may also be necessary in selecting the best underpads to meet the conditions at hand..  Careway Wellness Center carries a large selection of disposable underpads…most are on sale.  Of all the brands offered, Tena has been Careway’s best selling and most popular brand for the past 4 years in a row, and remember, if you join our Tena Club, you will receive a free package when you purchase nine of the same item.  Read more about our popular Tena Club below.

Reusable Underpads

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Sofnit 200 Reusable Underpads

Reusable underpads are washable instead of disposable.  In general, you will find that reusable underpads are as effective as disposable underpads for absorbing wetness.  They are used in the same manner as disposable underpads, but instead of disposing them when soiled, one simply washes and reuses them.  Reusable underpads, like disposable underpads, are placed over sheets to protect the mattress from wetness.  They are quite appropriate for placing on upholstered furniture because they are manufactured to be pleasing in appearance.  It is recommended that you purchase more than one reusable underpad because there will be times when you will need to replace a soiled one with a clean one without having to worry about immediately washing and drying the soiled underpad.

Reusable underpads are marketed in large sizes to cover large areas of the mattress and can be purchased in singles or multiple quantities.  Claims are made by manufacturers about the number of washing before reusable underpads should be discarded.  All of these factors should be evaluated when comparing disposable and reusable underpads.  Do the math!  You may find that what you thought was the most economical and best decision, actually is not the best decision.  The ultimate decision as to whether to use disposable or reusable or even a combination of both will be different for each person.  Experimenting on your own is the best way to decide.  Like disposable underpads, Careway Wellness Center carries a large variety of reusable underpads, many of which are on sale for substantial savings.

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For Men Only – Part 2

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For Men Only - Part 2

For Men Only – Part 2

Today’s blog, For Men Only Part 2, is an extension of last week’s blog, which focused on urinary incontinence in men following prostate surgery.  In last week’s blog, it was pointed out that during the surgical removal of the prostate gland, there is a good chance of damaging the sphincter muscle of the bladder (the sphincter muscle of the bladder is the muscle that opens and closes the bladder during urination).  The reason that the sphincter muscle is susceptible to being damaged during the surgical procedure is because of the close proximity of the prostate gland to the bladder. A damaged sphincter muscle will usually result in varying degrees of urinary incontinence.  This type of urinary incontinence, in the majority of cases, is not permanent and most men will regain bladder control over time.  In last week’s blog, I also talked about how men can take immediate measures to manage their leakage problem by availing themselves to common incontinence products that are designed to absorb small to moderate amounts of urine leakage.  I SPOTLIGHED a highly recommended Tena product for MEN.

Learning more about urinary incontinence as a result of prostate surgery

Since prostate surgery is becoming more prevalent, I feel it necessary to give you even more background regarding the relationship between prostate surgery and urinary incontinence. When men are exposed to the right information about this subject, they become much more tolerant to the negative aspects of the surgery.  It’s understandable that initially most men are aggravated and frustrated with their incontinence.  They feel alone and apprehensive about others knowing about their condition, even to the point of avoiding normal social activities for fear of “outing” themselves.  I say…get over it Guys!  Stop feeling sorry for yourselves because there are many things you can do to help regain control over your bladder.  Keep in mind, that in most instances, your incontinence is not going to be permanent.

The first thing to do is learn how to manage your incontinence by becoming familiar with your symptoms.  Urinary incontinence usually occurs when you undertake activities that increase the pressure inside the abdomen, and push down on the bladder.  When this happens, urine will leak out of the bladder.  This is known as stress incontinence.  Your next step, and a very important step, indeed, is to learn about pelvic floor muscles and the role they play in managing stress incontinence...

What are pelvic floor muscles?

Pelvic floor muscles is another set of muscles that are located below the prostate in an area of the body called the pelvic floor.  Here comes the Good News!  Remember, the prostate gland has been removed and during its removal there was damage to the sphincter muscle of the bladder.  The pelvic floor muscles can now serve as a back-up sphincter to the bladder sphincter that was damaged during surgery. Therefore, although the damaged bladder sphincter muscles are not properly functioning, the back-up sphincter muscles in the pelvis floor can now be relied on to control the flow of urine.   WOW! Does that mean, I have nothing to worry about? Not quite!  What it means is that the back-up muscles are present, but they’re weak, and have to trained and strengthened before they can work for you.  Let me further explain.  Before your surgery, which could have resulted in damage to the bladder sphincter muscles, these pelvic floor back-up sphincter muscles have been idle.  Now you want to strengthen and activate these idle muscles to take the place of those that have been damaged.  Can it be done?  You bet it can!

How does one strengthen the pelvic floor muscles?

You strengthen pelvic floor muscles by doing exercises known as Kegel Exercises.  There is no need for me to go into a lengthy explanation about Kegel Exercises because I have done this in a previous blog.  I strongly suggest you visit that blog to learn the correct techniques for doing Kegel Exercises.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to use the correct technique when doing pelvic floor muscle exercises.  So, click on the above link and get started as soon as possible.  The sooner you start the faster you will be on the road to controlling urine leakage after prostate surgery.  In fact, ideally you should start doing Kegel Exercises about 3 to 4 weeks prior to surgery so that you will be well trained in the technique following your surgery.

Lastly, following your prostate surgery, you should drink adequate liquids to prevent bladder irritability.  Don’t stay away from drinking because you feel that drinking exacerbates leakage.  It is strongly recommended that you drink about 2 quarts of fluid each day.  A good guide to your fluid intake is to look at the color of your urine.  Pale yellow urine is a good guide to adequate fluid intake.  I feel that I have amply covered how men should go about managing urinary incontinence following the surgical removal of the prostate gland.  Remember the very encouraging Good News…this usually is a temporary condition that can be adequately managed.

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For Men Only

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For Men Only

I’m writing this blog, entitled; For Men Only specifically for those men who have or are about to undergo prostate surgery and have been informed by their physician that the surgery may result in bladder weakness or urinary incontinence.  It’s no surprise that men find such news difficult to cope with.  The news from the doctor about urinary incontinence although distressing, in actuality is not all bad.  Though men may experience bladder weakness and incontinence following prostate surgery, most men will regain bladder control over time and fully recover during the first year after surgery.

For those men who are confronted with prostate surgery, I feel I should at least attempt to give my best try at explaining the anatomy and physiology of the urinary tract system and especially the relationship between the prostate gland and the bladder.  Keep in mind that my blogs do not contain sophisticated medical explanations of the topics being discussed.  Instead, I make an effort to use simple, pragmatic explanations and diagrams with the hope of not confusing the average lay person who is seeking a basic understanding of the subjects being presented. So, for those men who want to know more about the effects of prostate surgery on bladder function, I offer the following:

I can best do this in steps along with a single diagram:

    1. When you drink liquids, the liquid is absorbed through your body and eventually reaches the kidneys. Refer to #1.
    2. A prime function of the kidneys is to filter out waste matter and extra water to make urine.
    3. From each kidney there is a tube that is connected to the bladder. 
    4. These tubes are called “ureters”. Refer to #2.
    5. The urine that is produced in the kidneys flows from the kidneys through the ureters into the bladder, where it is stored until the bladder becomes full. 
    6. The bladder is much like a balloon, and as it fills it expands like a balloon. Refer to #4.
    7. When the bladder has accumulated about a couple of cups of urine, signals are sent to one’s brain to indicate that the bladder is becoming full and ready for emptying.
    8. If, for some reason, you cannot get to a bathroom, the bladder continues to expand to hold more urine.
    9. The signal to go to the bathroom becomes stronger and stronger as the bladder continues to expand further.
    10. When you do go to the bathroom, the brain tells the bladder to release the urine, which results in urination.
    11. In men, urination is the flow of urine from the bladder, through another tube that exits the bladder known as the urethra. Refer to #3.
    12. In the illustration, you are able to easily trace the urinary tract.urinary-system-1
    13. #1 (kidneys), #2 (ureters), #3 (urethra), #4 (bladder), #5 (prostate gland).
    14. In viewing the illustration, on the bottom of the bladder, there is walnut sized gland (Refer to #5)…this is the prostate gland…look closely and you will see that the urethra passes through the prostate gland and you will also see that the prostate gland nearly touches the bladder. This is where the problem arises during prostate surgery.If, during prostate surgery, there is damage to the sphincter muscle of the bladder (the muscle that controls the flow of urine from the bladder into the urethra), then one will experience incontinence.The question now becomes…how does a man now manage his incontinence?

      Incontinence products for men

      At this point, I would like to discuss the best choices of incontinence products for men.  Pads should be your first choice in managing urinary incontinence following prostate surgery.  There are several brand named pads on the market. Today, I’m SPOTLIGHTING an excellent pad by TENA called TENA® MEN™ Absorbent Guards.  These pads are available for men experiencing light to moderate leakage, which is usually the case after prostate surgery.

      SPOTLIGHT PRODUCT:

      tena for menTENA® MEN™ Absorbent Guards will give you all-day comfort, dryness and security.  This cup-shaped product is designed to follow the contours of a man’s body for a snug secure fit. It has adhesive strips that secures the product in its optimum position when worn within a close fitting brief or jockey style underwear.  The super absorbent microbeads in the core of the pad lock in liquid quickly. A unique odor control super-absorbent polymer helps reduce unwanted urine odors. Also of importance is that Tena Men’s Pads are constructed with a soft, nonwoven backsheet that is gentle against the skin and most importantly less noisy for wearer’s discretion. 

      Click on the images to get full details of these excellent Tena products for men. 

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      In my next blog, I will be following up on men’s issues pertaining to urinary incontinence. Until then…

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