Particularly helpful for caregivers, these incontinence supplies include styles of exam gloves (powder-free, pre-powdered, latex free & nitrile), adult wipes (disposable wipes and premium washcloths) and odor eliminators. Read our Buyers Guide for help finding the right wipes for your needs.
Plastic glove dispenser that accommodates various box sizes.
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These pre-moistened, flushable wipes from Kleenex dry quickly after moistening the skin with Aloe and vitamin E. With a cottony soft feel, the wipes are flushable and do not harm sewer or septic systems. Sheets are 5.5 x 6” and available in tubs of 42 or cases of 504 and refills.
These extra large 9" x 13" pre-moistened, scented wipes are flushable and dispersible. Made of 98% cellulosic fibers, they are highly biodegradable. ReadyFlush breaks apart when flushed and is safe for sewer and septic systems and for use on patients' skin, cleaning and moisturizing with aloe in every wipe.
The soft-spun fabric provides softness and strength for fragile or sensitive skin. Excellent for applying skin care treatments and creams, the 10" x 13" adult wipes are also super absorbent for personal care cleansing with any no-rinse body or perineal cleanser.
Adult wipes are a skin care convenience perfect for a variety of personal needs. While an effective part of incontinence care and cleansing, adult wipes are also handy alternatives to washcloths—think of them as disposable washcloths—for use virtually anywhere on the body. They’re the perfect solution for personal hygiene when a bath or shower just isn’t possible.
Adult wipes have become so popular that there are dozens of types to choose from in terms of everything from ingredients to the style of packaging.
Here are the most important points to consider:
Flushable or disposable wipes. Depending on your sewer or septic system, you may be able to choose the added convenience of wipes that can be flushed down the toilet.
Scented, unscented or fragrance free. This choice depends first on whether you have any allergies that involve fragrance and, if not, whether you prefer a scent or not. Keep in mind that unscented does not mean fragrance free, but rather that the wipe doesn’t have a noticeable smell. If allergies are a concern or if your skin tends to feel irritated by products with fragrances, you need to choose fragrance-free.
Aloe or other emollient ingredients. Incontinence can cause skin irritation; wipes will emollients can protect delicate skin as they cleanse. These ingredients are less crucial if you use a barrier cream or lotion to protect skin. Dimethicone is an ingredient in many wipes; it’s a silicon that acts as a skin protectant and eases cleansing. Keep in mind that alcohol is a drying agent and may irritate skin.
Size. Adult wipes are obviously sized for adult use, however there are still many sizes to choose from, anywhere from 5” or 6” squares to 9” or 10” by 13” rectangles. Larger sizes allow for quick and easy clean-ups with fewer wipes; these might be a better choice when using wipes for full-body cleansing or fecal incontinence.
Packaging. Styles vary as much as the adult wipes themselves. Soft packaging takes up less room while pop-up containers often can be accessed with just one hand. A secure lid might provide a better barrier to keep adult wipes moist than a re-closeable seal unless you’re very careful to seal it completely.
Price. Most disposable washcloths and other adult wipes are cheaper by the case. Cases may have anywhere from 6 to 12 packs or tubs, making them the economical choice. When you compare, be sure to consider how many wipes are in each package and how many packages there are to the case so that you can correctly compare the total number of wipes you’re getting to the price.
Gloves, wipes & more types of incontinence supplies are useful tools for incontinent older adults and their caregivers.
Many types of gloves are available, designed for different tasks and made of different materials — natural rubber latex, nitrile, vinyl, polyurethane and neoprene — to accommodate people who may have contact irritant or allergic reactions to certain substances. Glove durability should be an essential consideration, especially for caregivers working in environments where there is a likelihood of infection. Gloves may or may not contain dusting powder. People whose hands become damp as they work will find powdered gloves easier to don and remove. Those involved in dressing wounds prefer powder-free gloves because these present less risk of infection.
Disposable wipes and washcloths provide both safety and convenience. Disposable wipes generally feature a hypoallergenic, gentle cleansing formula to disinfect the skin thoroughly without irritating sensitive areas. Disposable wipes may also contain aloe, lanolin and, in some cases, vitamin E, to promote health and soothe skin. For ease of use, choose from soft packs or re-sealable plastic tubs that can make caregiving much more efficient.
Other helpful product to consider include incontinence odor eliminators. These are scented or unscented sprays, which look like typical air fresheners. They work by reducing or completely removing odors resulting from incontinence. Unlike air fresheners, which only mask odors without removing their source, odor eliminators actually react with the chemical molecules that cause the odors to effectively neutralize them. Odor eliminators may be used with clothes, bed linens, disposable incontinence supplies and in bathrooms and other rooms in the house.