For many caregivers, changing adult diapers is a tricky aspect of caring for an individual dealing with incontinence, and rightly so. Whether you are a certified caregiver or caring for a family member, understanding how to change an adult diaper is of utmost importance.
To help you understand the diaper-changing process and answer some of your questions about caring for an adult with incontinence, here is all that you must know about changing adult diapers.
For a safe adult diaper change, you will need -
Wash your hands with soap and put on a pair of medical gloves.
Adjust the height and head position of the bed to a comfortable working level.
Have the person lie on their back on the bed. Place a disposable underpad beneath them to prevent bedsheets from soiling.
Carefully undo the tapes or fasteners on the used diaper.
Gently move the person to one side while supporting them properly to make removing the soiled diaper easier.
Roll the person gently onto their side with the bed rail up for better comfort and safety.
Use a wet washcloth or adult wipes to clean the perineal area, wiping from front to back. Closely check for signs of diaper rash or sores.
If necessary, apply a thin layer of barrier cream to protect the skin from irritation. Allow the skin to air dry before proceeding.
Position the fresh, clean diaper comfortably beneath the person. Roll them back onto their back.
Secure the diaper in place by fastening the tapes or using any provided fastening system. Smooth out any wrinkles to ensure a comfortable fit.
Remove and dispose of the used gloves properly. Place the soiled diaper in a diaper pail.
When changing an adult diaper, it's important to be sensitive to the other person’s dignity. Regularly communicate with the person to ensure they are comfortable and be mindful of their needs throughout the diaper change process.
The right-sized adult diaper will snugly fit the wearer, neither too tight nor too loose. If the diaper is tight, it can lead to skin breakdown; if it is loose, the person can experience leaks. To find the right diaper size, measure the waist and hip in inches. The larger of the two numbers will be the reference while referring to the size charts.
Although the frequency of diaper changes varies from person to person, according to an article by the California Caregiver Resource Centers, to reduce the risk of infection, the average patient needs between 5 and 8 changes per day.
HPFY has been online since 2002. We offer a wide range of medical supplies, including incontinence products such as adult diapers, briefs, wet wipes, underpads, perineal skin care products, and other essentials required to keep your loved ones safe and happy while dealing with incontinence.
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