Incontinence Supplies for Today's Family Caregiver

Female caregiver hugging mother in bedroom

Doctors appointments, long talks, nighttime changes, grocery runs. Family caregivers have busy days filled with these kinds of activities. Another activity you may be familiar with is shopping for incontinence supplies. If your loved one is using absorbent products that are not working or not fitting properly then it may be time to try a new style, fit or size. How do you know the best performing product for your loved one's needs?

We will provide real life situations along with top product recommendations we think will provide the best results.

Scenario 1

Dad recently had prostate surgery and is managing heavy leakage. He has heavy urinary and bowel incontinence during the day and night and needs the most protection whenever possible.

Man getting ready to workout with absorbent adult diapers such as NorthShore MEGAMAX tab-syle Briefs

Dad’s waist: 34”

Recommended products:

NorthShore MEGAMAX Brief - This is the most absorbent tab-style diaper offered on NorthShore, which offers up to 12 hours of protection. The brief absorbs up to 49 ounces of liquid in the extra-large size. The larger tabs and frontal landing zone keeps the brief from sagging when full. Lastly, the strong plastic-backed exterior helps with odors, so dad can stay feeling confident wherever he is.

NorthShore GoSupreme Underwear - The GoSupreme is the second most absorbent product we carry on the site.  This pull-on can hold up to 38 ounces of liquid and is built with smaller leg openings to provide a snug fit for individuals with slim body types. The european design provides a low-profile design while offering full coverage. GoSupreme underwear has a super soft waistband that helps with added comfort.

Other accessories to use for added protection:

NorthShore Booster Pads

GaryWear Diaper Covers

NorthShore Supreme Quilted Wipes

NorthShore MagicSorb™ Disposable Underpads

Scenario 2

Mom has heavy urge incontinence, Depend brand is no longer working for her during the day. Mom prefers panty-style products.

Woman reading book in a living room with the NorthShore FlexSupreme absorbent pull-on style underwear


Mom’s waist: 42”

Recommended products:

NorthShore FlexSupreme Underwear - The FlexSupreme is another super-absorbent pull-on underwear that has larger leg openings. The FlexSupreme has tall leak guards, a super-absorbent and a offers a very comfortable waistband to hug the body in all the right places.

Molicare Mobile Underwear - The Molicare Mobile is slightly less absorbent than the FlexSupreme™ but still is considered a high absorbent underwear on the site. This underwear includes double-banded leak guards that are used to help with leakage.

Scenario 3

Aunt Theresa is managing moderate bowel leakage but isn’t ready to wear protective tab-style briefs or absorbent underwear. She wants to use a product that she can wear in regular underwear.Woman reading on a laptop with NorthShore DynaDry Supreme Liners & NorthShore Heavy-Duty liners

Recommended products: NorthShore offers various absorbent liners that can be used in regular underwear many different sizes.

NorthShore DynaDry Supreme Liners- These figure 8 shaped liners offer more coverage in the back to contain bowel movements. The liners also come with tall leak guards to contain any urinary and/or bowel leakage.

NorthShore Heavy-Duty Liners - These liners are primarily designed to contain urinary leaks. The NorthShore liners come in both the rectangular and hourglass shapes. The hourglass shapes are ideal for people in larger sizes (Large to 2X-Large).

Other accessories to use alongside these products:

NorthShore Washable Mesh Pants

NorthShore Supreme Quilted Wipes

Scenario 4

Grandma Sue occasionally has light leaks when she sneezes, she needs a pad to for those 'just-in-case' moments at home.


A senior woman with loved ones at home with NorthShore DynaDry incontinence pads

Recommended products:

Elyte Cotton Incontinence Pads - The 100% cotton pad that comes in 4 sizes (mini, normal, extra and super). If skin sensitivity is an issue, then this pad is one to consider.

NorthShore DynaDry Pads, Ultimate - NorthShore's version of the Tranquility's Ultimate Personal Care Pad but with more absorbent area coverage.

Scenario 5

Grandpa Barry needs a more absorbent bed pad while he's managing post-op urinary leakage. Barry also has sensitive skin and needs a breathable bed pad to use at night for heavy urinary leaks.



Man sleeping in bed with NorthShore XD washable bed pads and MagicSorb Air disposable chux

Recommended products:

NorthShore Champion XD Washable Underpads - The XD is currently the most absorbent washable bed pad on the site. The 2XL size (36" X 60") holds up to 67 ounces of liquid. The bed pad is washer and dryer friendly and can hold up to 250 washings.

NorthShore MagicSorb Air Disposable Underpads (chux) - This MagicSorb Air is the most breathable disposable bed pad we carry on the site. It allows body heat to transfer while also quickly absorbing liquid away from the body.

Scenario 6

Your child is in between sizes and needs protection for urinary leakage. You prefer the fit of tab-style briefs and feel like it's easier for him to change at school.



Two boys playing video games with the NorthShore AirSupreme tab-style briefs

Waist: 23”

Recommended products:

NorthShore AirSupreme Brief - The AirSupreme is the only NorthShore brief that comes in the x-small size. The AirSupreme is the most absorbent breathable brief that comes in smaller sizes. It is a great option for parents that are needing a brief that's larger than child diapers but smaller than an adult size small.

Other incontinence accessories to use:

NorthShore Booster Pads

NorthShore Premium Blue Chux

At the end of the day, we understand that all you want is your loved one to be protected and comfortable. If you're a caregiver for a mother, father, aunt, uncle or child, a full night's rest can feel like the best thing ever.

We hope these suggestions help you understand which products to use for different scenarios. NorthShore offers personalized consultations, so call us at (800) 563-0161 to find the best product for your loved one's needs.

We're always happy to help!