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Diaper pads for adults can make the lives of several users suffering from incontinence very easy. Incontinence or involuntary urine leakage is the sudden, or uncontrolled expulsion of urine. It can be caused due to:

  • Damage to the urinary bladder as a result of which the bladder fails to hold any urine.
  • Damage to the urethra, as a result of which the body is not able to correctly expel urine.
  • Pressure on the urinary bladder (especially common due to pregnancy and menopause).
  • Ageing, which loosens the muscles in the pelvic region causing the organs to sag, or stopping the bladder from opening/closing efficiently enough.
  • Damage to the nerves that control the urinary system resulting in delayed/hampered signalling for urination.

All of these can occur as symptoms of larger issues such as stroke, neurological disease, prostate issues, ageing, menopause, pregnancy, cancer, a tumour, injuries, or post surgery.

In some cases, the patient is left bed-ridden due to the condition they are suffering from. Since they cannot love, using the toilet becomes very difficult. If the patient is in the hospital they may be given a bedpan or a catheter. However, a bed pan may take time to arrive, and a catheter may be too invasive. The hospital may thus equip the patient with a diaper so that they can be comfortable, sleep at night and do not need to worry about constant leaks.

Supplies Needed to Change Adult Diapers

Changing diapers can be awkward and intimidating for the patient and the caregiver. To save yourself from hassles and change adult diaper in no time, you must keep certain things handy so you don't need to rush about. We suggest keeping a storage rack with all the necessary supplies before starting with the diaper changing procedure for bedridden patients.

Here's a list of the supplies you'll need to change adult diapers:

1. Disposable or Cloth Adult Diaper:

Choose the appropriate size and type (disposable or cloth) based on the individual's needs and preferences.

2. Disposable Gloves:

Before you change an adult diaper wearing disposable gloves is essential to maintain proper hygiene during the changing process.

3. Absorbent Disposable Pads (optional):

These can be placed under the person for added protection against leaks and to make cleanup easier. You could give Friends Classic and Premium Underpads a try. 

4. Changing Surface:

While you change an adult diaper, find a clean and flat surface, such as a changing table, bed, or a waterproof changing pad.

5. Plastic Bag or Diaper Pail:

Have a plastic bag or a diaper pail with a liner to dispose of the soiled diaper and wipes.

6. Wet Wipes or Washcloths:

You'll need either disposable adult wet wipes or damp washcloths for cleaning the person's bottom and genital area. You could try anti-bacterial and aloe vera enriched Friends Bed Bath Towels for a clean and hygienic experience.

7. Barrier Cream or Ointment:

Before you change adult diapers apply a skin protectant or barrier cream to prevent diaper rash, especially if the person is prone to it.

8. Clean Towels or Paper Towels:

Have some clean towels or paper towels on hand for wiping and drying.

9. Fresh Diaper:

Keep a clean, unfolded diaper ready to put on after removing the soiled one.

10. Clothing:

Ensure you have the necessary clothing, such as clean underwear, pants, or a onesie, to dress the person after changing the diaper.

11. Hand Sanitizer:

Use hand sanitizer after removing your gloves and before touching other objects or surfaces.

12. Proper Disposal Method:

Be aware of your local waste disposal regulations and make sure you dispose of soiled diapers and materials properly before you change adult diaper.

The Caregiver’s Guide to Change a Bedridden Patient’s Adult Diapers

Friends Premium Tape Style Diapers are made for bedridden patients. These are simple tape style diapers that can be slipped on with a little help from the caregiver, and minimal movement on the part of the patient. Here's a step-by-step diaper changing procedure for bedridden patients: 

STEP 1: Position the patient

Make the patient lie down on a bed on their back. Preferably make them lie on a flat surface. You can also use Friends Underpads which help make sure the process of changing does not cause any leaks or spills.

STEP 2: Position the Friends diaper for adults

Take the diaper out of the packet. The side with the plastic landing zone faces front. As the patient to turn on their side. Roll the diaper slightly, sideways and put it on the side they have turned away from.

STEP 3: Ault the Friends diaper for adults

Roll your care onto their other side. Now the rolled part of the diaper would be visible on the other side. Pull it out and flatten it with your hands.

STEP 4: Fasten the diaper

Once the diaper has been put in place, make your patient lie flat on their back again. Now put the diaper up from between the thighs. Fasten the tapes onto the landing zone.

STEP 5: Changing and throwing

When the diaper is full (the yellow colour wetness indicator will fade), remove the tapes and pull the diaper out much as we did while putting it on. As you remove elderly diapers, make sure to keep rolling them inwards so that liquid/solid waste is contained inside them. Dispose the diapers in a clean dry facility and wash your hands thoroughly.Make sure to change elderly diapers every 6 hours even if the patient has not suffered a leak. Buy diapers that fit correctly to avoid spillage or leaks.

Why Choose Friends, the best diapers for bedridden patients?

You can buy Friends Tape Style Adult Diaper online to help treat incontinence in bed ridden patients. These diapers are created to fulfill your every need and have the following features:

  • Super Absorbent - with an enhanced gel-layer which converts liquid into gel form immediately on contact, making sure the surface of the diaper remains dry.
  • Aloe vera treated - we at Friends understand how frustrating diaper rashes can be. Thus each of our products is super soft and aloe treated to make sure the user had the most comfortable experience possible.
  • Strong, Refastenable Tapes and Landing Zone - Friends Diapers include a strong tape that can be fastened and unfastened, allowing the diaper to be removed and worn again. This is a unique feature we developed so that users can adjust their diapers, or remove them if need be, instead of feeling pressured to throw them away entirely when removing briefly for a check up.
  • Leak proof - Friends Diapers are constructed with a water-repellant side-leg guard that deflects liquid and keeps it from trickling down the user’s thigh.
  • Wetness indicator - Friends Diapers are equipped with a yellow coloured strip that runs along its length. This strip changes colour and fades out when the diaper is full. This way the caregiver is not required to constantly check to see if the diaper is full, or risk leaving it on for too long resulting in leakage.

So, if your patient is suffering from urine leakage do not hesitate and buy Friends Diapers online today!

That being done, shall we get back to the first American in space (in a diaper)? 

In 1961, astronaut Alan Shepard faced an unexpected challenge during his historic Freedom 7 mission. As Shepard waited in the capsule for launch, he realized NASA had made a major oversight: No plans were made to answer nature’s call. Shepard radioed Mission Control, explaining his urgent need to relieve himself. NASA engineers hesitated, fearing that allowing Shepard to urinate in his suit could cause electrical issues. 

In the end, they gave him the green light to relive himself in the suit, and history was made. Alan Shepard became the first American in space, but with a rather unconventional tale behind his wet suit. The prototype to the adult diapers we see today were created by NASA after this quirky incident. Space exploration may be ground-breaking, but even astronauts need a little help from diapers along the way!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How often should you change a bedridden person's diaper?

If you are thinking how to change diaper for bedridden patient you can change adult diapers five to eight times a day. A diaper should not be used more than 4 hours at a stretch; the ideal limit is two to three hours. If they soil themselves, you must change adult diapers immediately to prevent infection.

How many hours does an adult diaper last?

An adult diaper can last up to 8 hours or about two to three urine passes. Friends Overnight Adult Diapers can last up to 16 hours or the entire night! But if faeces soil the diaper, then you must change adult diapers immediately to prevent rashes and infection.

What is the maximum time for diaper change?

You must change adult diapers as often as mentioned on the pack of the diaper you're using or as per the quantum of leaks you face. Friends Adult Diapers with their advanced technology have a yellow coloured wetness indicator that turns blue when the diaper reaches its maximum capacity and needs to be changed.