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Must-Have Products for Caregivers – With a System You can Trust...

Some of us have been caregivers for years, and others are just getting used to this new role. One thing we all have in common? We do not settle. We want the best for our loved ones and we’re willing to dig in, and continually learn - so we can make the best choices.

Over 65 million people – that’s 29% of the US population – are caring for an older, ill or disabled family member or friend. And they spend about 20 hours a week as a “caregiver.”1

Caregiving is a mix of emotions: dedication, patience, frustration, satisfaction and overall, compassion. It’s challenging enough to balance all these factors… what you don’t need are products that disappoint. There are so many things to consider when you’re selecting incontinence wipes, pads, briefs and other skin care products:

  • How mobile and active is the person you are caring for?
  • What is their mental state? Are they part of the daily routine and decision making, or are you making all the calls?
  • Are you using different products for day and night?
  • Importantly, what is your plan to make sure their skin stays healthy?

Having a system makes a huge difference. If you look at incontinence products using the TENA Caregiver System, it can help you stay focused on the most important 3 steps: Keeping skin dry, clean and protected.

TENA® offers a wide range of absorbent briefs, underwear and pads - with different levels of absorption - for both women and men. All help protect against leaks, odor and wetness. TENA ProSkin™ Briefs, for example, are 100% breathable to help protect sensitive skin.

TENA® ProSkin™ Adult Wipes cleanse and moisturize with soothing aloe and chamomile - and they’re pre-moistened and unfolded for convenient, easy use. The TENA ProSkin™ Cleansing Cream is gentle for sensitive skin and is ideal when soap and water may otherwise dry the skin.

Using TENA® ProSkin™ Barrier Cream can make a big difference – it helps protect the skin from irritation caused by incontinence, and helps prevent and relieve chafed, chapped or cracked skin.

The right mix matters. With so many products out there today, you need a trusted partner who understands incontinence and skin care needs. TENA gets it. We know what you’re going through because we have focused on empowering caregivers for over 50 years.

One more thing: don’t forget to get the support YOU need to support the ones you love. Let’s face it, caregiving can be hard. And it can take its toll on you both physically and emotionally. As a caregiver, you may be so focused on your loved one that you don't realize that your own health and well-being are suffering.

According to the Mayo Clinic,2 you should watch for these signs of caregiver stress:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried or sad
  • Feeling tired often
  • Getting too much sleep or not enough sleep
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Becoming easily irritated or angry
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy

Remember, you are not alone. Accepting help from others and staying connected to friends can be beneficial and you might want to consider joining a local caregiver Support Group (either in person or on-line.)

 

REFERENCES:
1 www.caregiveraction.org
2 www.mayoclinic.org Article 20044784
Disclaimer: The information contained herein is only for educational purposes. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or professional nursing services. Caregivers should always consult with health care professionals if they have any questions about a specific medical condition, treatment or use of products.

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