Managing an Aging Loved One’s Incontinence

Managing an Aging Loved One’s Incontinence

More than 13 million Americans are currently facing incontinence. While this prevalent condition is most common among the elderly and affects more than 50 percent of seniors living in care facilities, it’s also quite common in children and adults.

No matter how old the patient is, urinary and bowel incontinence has been stigmatized as a shameful or embarrassing condition to have. With the proper care, some incontinence cases can be cured and others can be easily managed without impacting the patient’s quality of life.

One of the biggest concerns with incontinence involves being prepared for accidents with the necessary pull-ups or briefs to prevent leakage and to capture any embarrassing odors. However, having monthly supplies of protective undergarments can quickly become expensive, with the potential to place financial strain on patients and their families.

To prevent this financial strain, having incontinence supplies covered through insurance is a great way to quickly save, with the comforting ability of having items discreetly shipped to your door on a monthly basis. This cuts out penny-pinching and having to make embarrassing trips to the diaper aisle at your local department store. Plus, the process of having your items covered by insurance is fairly easy. While Medicare does not cover incontinence supplies, most Medicaid and state plans cover up to 200 disposable items per month.

To get started, connect with a durable medical equipment (DME) provider online or over the phone. After providing your insurance information to an incontinence specialist, they will be able to navigate your policy to determine your coverage. You do need a prescription but if you don’t have one yet, your representative will contact your doctor to get one.

Then they will take the time to match you with properly-fitting incontinence supplies by sending samples to find the perfect items to suit your individual needs, as the correct fit is crucial for preventing leaks.

Matching you with the perfect items doesn’t mean goodbye. A quality incontinence specialist will check in with you each month via phone or email to see if you need to make changes to your supplies. For example, you may need more pull-ups or more absorbent products. They will then make changes to your order if necessary.

In order to provide exceptional care, incontinence specialists work to become a trusted source to relieve anxiety and make the process easier by navigating your insurance policy, making necessary phone calls, and creating your orders. This way you can spend less time worrying and get back to what really matters: spending quality time with your loved ones.

 

By Cheryl Williams, Urology Team Leader at Aeroflow Healthcare.

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