Tips to Staying Healthy While Managing Incontinence During COVID

man with children washing hands at home to prevent illness

Americans have adapted new ways of doing things as a result of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Coughs and fevers have become more serious and result in closer-than-usual attention. There are more and more signs everywhere we go about the importance of handwashing. And, many physicians and health care professionals have turned to telehealth to interact with sick patients. Whether these new norms become a permanent way of life is yet to be determined.

The Red Cross states the most important thing to do when someone is not feeling well is to limit the spread of germs and prevent infection. This is especially important for individuals who are immunocompromised and have other chronic medical conditions.

According to Harvard Health, individuals with heart failure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and neurological conditions are more susceptible to developing more serious illnesses.

Handwashing steps from American Red Cross
Coronavirus Safety Tips from American Red Cross

No one knows the exact amount of time an illness will last, but health care providers strongly advise people to take precautions to prevent it from getting worse. A key first step, when diagnosed, is to reduce contact with others. See below for other ways to stay safe.

Hand Washing 101

The CDC states that staying home when sick, increasing hand washing and avoiding close contact with others are good ways to prevent the spread of a virus.

Handwashing is essential, yet some of us may not be washing our hands correctly. Below are some tips from the CDC on proper handwashing techniques:

    • Wash hands with regular soap and water; antibacterial soap is not required

    • Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to say the alphabet)

    • Clean under fingernails, an often overlooked area where germs live

    • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol after handwashing to be extra careful

Social Distancing

It can be difficult not to see friends and family during "stay-at-home" guidelines. But, there are other ways to engage with loved ones, including:

    • Use FaceTime video calling, which allows up to 31 people to participate at a time

    • Download Google Duo or WhatsApp, both free, to do a video call for non-iPhone users

    • Post texts of inspiring videos, uplifting photos and positive articles to family members and friends

    • Send puzzles, books and greeting cards to frail and at-risk seniors

Using Incontinence Products

With paper products flying off store shelves recently, people have been concerned about running out of food, household items and necessary medical supplies. It's important to know where to buy quality products offering superior protection and timely delivery.

If you're managing incontinence or caring for someone who is, it's important to make sure quality supplies are stocked at home to avoid running out of these essentials.

NorthShore offers super-absorbent adult diapers, pull-ons and other incontinence supplies, and has partnered with FedEx to ensure accurate and timely deliveries.

MEGAMAX Briefs

MEGAMAX Briefs are the most absorbent adult diapers. Offering up to 12 hours of protection, they can handle large voids while keeping skin dry. Individuals can save on the cost of briefs by needing to use less and not doubling up. For example, a person who typically uses five Depend Briefs for urge incontinence may only need to use less than half that amount when using MEGAMAX.

NorthShore MEGAMAX adult diapers in white and blue

Additional features include:

    • Massive absorbency and wicking ability

    • Large, heavy-duty refastenable tape tabs with a full landing zone

    • Extra-wide, extra-long absorbent core for added protection

    • Smooth plastic exterior resists sagging and odors

    • Body-close elastics in front and rear for added comfort and mobility

    • Tall leak guards to for restless and side sleepers

GoSupreme Underwear

NorthShore's most absorbent pull-up style diaper provides top-of-the-line comfort, absorbency and fit while featuring extra coverage in the front, rear and sides. Improved leg elastics offer a unique fit for individuals with slimmer legs while remaining comfortable for others. The form-fitting waistband stays close to the body while feeling soft on the skin. The GoSupreme line of pull-ons also offer a lighter version – GoSupreme Lite.

NorthShore GoSupreme Underwear

Additional features include:

    • Maximum absorbency for all-day and all-night protection

    • Body-gripping waist elastics prevent sagging for a body-close fit

    • Absorbent core provides coverage in the front and rear for heavier leaks

    • Dual leak guards near the legs for added security

    • Low-profile design for reduced bulk

Booster Pads & Contoured Diaper Doublers

These pads add absorbency to any disposable product while keeping the user dry and comfortable. Individuals simply remove the adhesive strip and insert the booster pad in the core of the underwear or brief. NorthShore’s Booster Pad diaper doublers are designed to add absorbency to minimize changes, especially at night, potentially saving wearers time and money.

NorthShore Contoured Booster Pads & Diaper Doublers

Additional features include:

    • Special Microsorb lining wicks away wetness

    • Variety of sizes and absorbencies not offered by most other brands

    • Flow-through design minimizes leaks and changes

    • Extra protection in front and rear ideal for bowel incontinence

    • Latex-free and safe for those who are allergic to natural rubber proteins

NorthShore Supreme Heavy-Duty Quilted Wipes

All-around superior wipes, Supreme Quilted Wipes come in two sizes, with the larger version a full 5” longer than NorthShore’s Baby Wipes. Supreme Quilted Wipes can be used on the entire body. An on-the-go travel pack version is also available.

NorthShore Supreme Quilted Wipes

Additional features include:

    • Ideal for those with sensitive skin

    • Hypoallergenic, unscented and alcohol-free

    • Premoistened with aloe and calendula to soothe the skin

    • Latex-free

    • Super-strong material resistant to tears

Having the right mindset, exercising caution when interacting with others and staying inside when sick are some key steps to staying healthy, especially when feeling ill.

Our most reliable products such as MEGAMAX briefs, GoSupreme underwear, Booster Pads and Supreme Quilted Wipes are great to have available when managing incontinence.

NorthShore is committed to making sure customers have the products they need when they need them. As a trusted adult diaper and incontinence supply brand, NorthShore offers convenient, discreet and reliable shipping. Our Auto-Ship Subscription Program makes it easy to stay at home and have products on hand at all times.

We hope you found this article to be helpful in staying healthy and safe. If you are interested in any of the products mentioned, browse our Online Product Catalog or call (800) 563-0161.