Dealing With Incontinence
It's a sad fact that many people suffer from incontinence as they age. If you have any doubts, just check out the wall of incontinence products at WalMart. There are more types of adult diapers than you can imagine!
Fortunately, these products do work very well and will soak up an amazing amount of liquid. Disposable mattress pads and wheelchair liners reduce the mess if there are accidents.
The biggest problem is disposing of the used diapers; just throwing then into an open trash can leads to a stinky mess. Flip-top kitchen cans help contain the odor, but dumping the can is still not a job for the faint of heart....or nose.
A tour through the baby aisle reveals a number of diaper-containment products. None of the instructions mention adult diapers, and most of these products depend on a number of steps to spirit a used diaper safely away. For example, one type of container requires folding the soiled nappy, inserting it into the lid and twisting the lid around 3 times. The result is like a string of frankfurters... but even with rat lips and dead flys, there is no comparing this sausage to the real thing!
Our search for a good solution led us to the Diaper Dekor Plus at Toys-R-Us. This picture shows the standard model...the Plus has rectagular trap doors and is slightly larger. The instructions from the website sum it up best.
Diaper Dékor® Disposal System
The innovative Diaper Dékor is a convenient, easy andThe unique triple seal system helps to prevent odors from escaping....
sanitary way to dispose of dirty diapers. With a contemporary and hands free design, diaper changing won't become a dreaded experience. There is no twisting or turning – just step on the pedal and drop the diaper in.
The Plus size easily swallows a full adult diaper and seals it behind snap-shut trap doors and a drop down lid. It's simple for someone with cognitive impairment to use with the familiar "step on the pedal and drop it in" operation. The diaper falls into a continuous bag. After a day or two , it's a simple matter to open the door, pull out some additional length, cut the full section off and tie a knot in it. No mess, no smell and it's ready to go into the trash. The picture below shows how this works.
The Diaper Dekor Plus is allegedly widely available, but the only place we have been able to consistently find it is Toys-'R'-Us. The refill bags are not inexpensive but being able to dispose of the smell along with the diapers is well worth the expense! Remember to stock up on refills...you don't want to run out. Trust me on this.