Category Archives: Ostomy Care

Hollister Adapt Barrier Rings: 7805

Posted by on February 21, 2015 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Ostomy barrier ring

Have you ever found that ostomy paste stings your skin? Or that your skin contours make it difficult to apply a skin barrier? Then these Adapt Barrier Rings from Hollister are for you. You can find them on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com!

This item is similar to paste in that is can be used to fill in uneven skin around your stoma. This is ideal when trying to create a flat surface to apply your skin barriers. There are two sizes, two inches (the 7805) and four inches (the 7806) in outer diameter. While we sell both items, Hollister has found that most people prefer the two inch size, as it is so moldable it can stretch to fit most stomas, even ones that are not round.

To use the barrier ring, first, take it out of its plastic container. Then, remove the release liners from both sides of the item. Keeping in mind that there is no “top” or “bottom,” of the ring, go ahead and stretch it a bit, until you get the fit and size you’re looking for. At this point, you can either apply it to  your skin (it’s just tacky enough to stay on your skin before applying your skin barrier) or apply it directly to the skin barrier, on the adhesive side. You can also use two rings, stacked, if that helps you to get a better fit. To remove, just gently peel the item off your skin .

Now let’s take a look at some of the reviews that have been written about the 7805: “Shapes to fit perfectly around the opening I have to cut,” is great to hear. And this review gives a great tip! “I cut these in half and use them to fill in around my stoma where it is sunken in. I have used other tapes but these are perfect and flexible to fit right where I need them to!”

Hollister New Image 2pc Flextend Skin Barrier CTF: 14603, 14604

Posted by on February 13, 2015 under Ostomy Care | 2 Comments to Read

Ostomy flange

This Hollister skin barrier and flange has proven to be a popular ostomy item on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com, so we thought we’d take a moment to look at this product more closely.

This item is a flange and skin barrier, and its purpose is to both protect the skin from the stoma output and connect the ostomy pouch to the skin. We call this item a “two-piece” item because the second piece is the ostomy pouch. So when you order item number 14603, you actually be receiving one item that you would apply to your skin and to which you then attach the pouch.

This “floating flange” has a patented locking system that audibly clicks into place. Knowing your pouch and your flange are firmly connected will give you the feeling of security. And the skin barrier protects your skin from irritating discharge. If using the correct size of skin barrier, you’ll find that your skin will be healthier and that you can extend the wear time of your system.

Let’s go back to that “floating flange.” This type of flange eliminates pressure on tender, post-operative abdomens, so it’s perfect for the weeks after surgery. But some ostomates find it so comfortable that it becomes their flange of choice! Also important to keep in mind: this item comes with a tape boarder, and is cut-to-fit.

Lastly, let’s look at the reviews that this product has receiving on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com. Customers have stated, “I love these flanges – this inside portion is protected by what appears to be plastic covering over the barrier. The ease of use and the outer sticky tape helps hold the flange and barrier are in place. Rarely does it become un-sticky even in the shower. I would recommend them and I’ve tried many types.” And, “This holds good and is fairly long lasting–non irritating.”

Products Offered at Total Home Care Supplies

Posted by on February 3, 2015 under BladderMatters, Caregiver Corner, Everything Baby, Ostomy Care, Very Urological | Be the First to Comment

Elder care, after surgery care

Every so often, it’s helpful to take a look at the variety of products that we offer on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com. While all of our products are well-made and user-friendly, they all differ so much it’s easy to forget all that we carry. So let’s take a look, one category at a time:

Incontinence
Our incontinence products are our biggest sellers, and we’re proud that so many people get the items for their independence from us. Along with the standard adult diapers (also known as briefs) and protective underwear (also known as pull-ups), we also have pads and liners. For light bladder leakage, a pad can be more freeing than a brief. Underpads (AKA chux) are available in a variety of sizes, along with gloves and many kinds of incontinence wash.

Ostomy
When it comes to ostomy products, we have many of the most popular items and brands. We have both drainable and closed-end pouches. We have 90 barriers with flanges, so you’ll be able to find the product that works best for you. And we have an assortment of accessories, including stoma powder, pouch closures and odor eliminator drops – the Hollister bottle of drops has great reviews.

Urological
You can find wholesale pricing on many of the catheters, leg bags and irrigation systems we offer. Our catheters are diverse, from external items to straight tip catheters and coude catheters. You can also find the major brands, like Mentor-Coloplast, Bard and Hollister.

Wound
We have all the supplies you’ll need for your particular injury, or to fill up your first aid kit. On top of the basic items like tape, wipes and bandages, we have gauze, foam dressings and wound cleansers. If you have a checklist of the things you’ll need to properly heal a surgery wound, you can find it on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com

Baby Supplies
In addition to our adult diapers, we also carry baby diapers. Cuties diapers come in sizes newborn to size six. We also have breast pumps and a selection of accessories to accompany the pumps.

That’s about it. We know, it’s a lot of options! We hope we have everything that you’re looking for when it comes to home care supplies, but if not, we’d love to hear what we’re missing in the comments below!

Where to Purchase Extra Ostomy Bags

Posted by on January 29, 2015 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Ostomy supplies

While a certain amount of ostomy bags may be available and covered through your insurance, Medicaid or Medicare there’s always a set amount of bags you can receive per month. If your stoma requires more changes than what the insurance company deems “normal,” or if you just like to be prepared with extras, TotalHomeCareSupplies.com is the place to order more bags. Additionally, we offer other ostomy supplies. And they can all be shipped right to your door.

On our site, you can find bags from Hollister, ConvaTec and Coloplast, along with bags specifically for urostomies. We also have skin barriers, flanges, ostomy belts, odor eliminator drops and more.

We’d love to hear about what ostomy items you purchase from TotalHomeCareSupplies.com here, or you can leave a review on our product pages. Thanks!

Check Out Our Pinterest Page!

Posted by on January 27, 2015 under Caregiver Corner, Ostomy Care, Resources | Be the First to Comment

Pinterest boards

We have over 1,700 pins, spread out on thirty boards – and it grows every week! Our boards are varied and include “Helpful Senior Videos,” “Laughter: The Best Medicine” and “Top-Rated Ostomy Supplies and Support.” So come visit us on Pinterest and we’ll see you there!

Ostomy Blog Love

Posted by on January 2, 2015 under Ostomy Care | Be the First to Comment

Ostomate blog post

Happy New Year, everyone! To kick off 2015, a year in which an estimated 134,000 new stomas will be created, we thought we’d take a look at a few of our favorite ostomate blogs.

Ostomy Outdoors
Heidi’s ostomy surgery is now four years behind her, and her life is so active and “normal” that she completely forgot her “stomaversary” this year, something she used to celebrate. To her, that means she’s now in place she wanted to be almost immediately after getting her surgery, a place where her stoma, Wilbur, isn’t on her mind every day. Heidi’s posts about traveling, hiking and other intense outdoor adventures will inspire everyone to get out there, no matter what!

The Stolen Colon – Living Beautifully with an Ostomy
Stephanie is also very active: she’s a triathlete and runs half-marathons on a regular basis. Her stoma surgery is more recent, at about two and a half years, but she is also very comfortable with the changes it has brought to her life. She gives lots of great advice about life with a stoma, including what to wear, how to troubleshoot ostomy bag problems and more. And she’s always very honest about her feelings about her stoma.

OstomyChic
This blog is written by a professional women who’s ileostomy is a little higher than what most people have. This makes dressing a bit of a challenge – but one that she’s up to! While she doesn’t post very often these days, her clothing advice is timeless.

We’d love to hear about more ostomy blogs that we could highlight in upcoming posts! Please let us know of yours or one you read in the comments below.

More Product Reviews

Posted by on December 24, 2014 under BladderMatters, Ostomy Care, Very Urological | Be the First to Comment

Customer opinions

We took a look at some of our product reviews back in August but as we get new reviews in all the time, we thought the topic worth another visit.

Please keep in mind that all of our products are available to review right on their page. Not only do we love the feedback about the items we carry, reviewing can help your fellow customers know more about a product. We try to create product descriptions that are helpful to all customers, but those of you who are using them have the best knowledge about them!

Review of Prevail Adjustable Underwear:
“My husband needed after Prostate cancer surgery and found this brand best fit and most comfortable for larger size man.”

Review of Hollister Adapt Paste:
“My son was born with gastroschesis, which is a birth defect were the intestines grow out of the body in utero. He had his first surgery an hour after birth and now has a colostomy. He makes in a bag until his reversal surgery. The bag was constantly leaking and pulling away from his skin. I was changing it at least 5 times a day. My surgeon told me about Adapt which keeps the round and bag secure for at least 24 hours. This product changed everything.”

Review of Dale Foley Tube Catheter Leg Band:
“…This is probably the best product of its kind on the market. I have used it for years and prefer it over anything else. They are washable and can be bleached to disinfect. One will last me at least two months.”

We love these positive reviews, but we are aware that not all products work perfectly for everyone. A recent comment on one of our skin barriers for ostomates told us that while they found the product easy to fit and durable, and called it a good product, that they found it difficult to remove. In that case, we would recommend another skin barrier for that person, as different adhesives can affect various skin types in unexpected ways.

If you have an opinion on one of our products, we ask that you head over to TotalHomeCareSupplies.com and tell us!

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week

Posted by on December 2, 2014 under Ostomy Care, Resources | Be the First to Comment

IBD Week

December 1st marked the beginning of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Week, also known as Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. It’s a week to learn more about the diseases, spread knowledge about them and support those afflicted. The goal is to end Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, two diseases that are actually increasing year over year. There may be a variety of reasons why that is happening, but more research is needed.

You may be asking what Crohn’s and Colitis are, or how they are different or similar. Check out the infographic below, created byThe Great Bowel Movement:

IBD Week

Do you have IBD? Do you know someone with either disease? What are suggestions you have for how spread the word about finding a cure?

Shout Out to Ostomy Nurses

Posted by on October 16, 2014 under Ostomy Care | Read the First Comment

Thanks from us to ostomy nurses.

Ostomy nurses are generally associated with a larger group called WOC Nurses (Wound, Ostomy and Continence). Originally, ostomy nurses started out as something called Enterostomal Therapists in the 1960s. The first association of these types of nurses went through some turbulent times before eventually becoming the WOCN Society.

Because ostomy nurses spent so much time learning about how to care for ostomies, they learned a lot about wound care. And incontinence and ostomy nurses have a great amount of knowledge about how the bladder and intestines work. But each of these nurses has their own specialty.

Ostomy nurses often meet their patients before the surgery takes place. They are the ones with the answers and make the time to discuss the life changes with the patient and their family. Oftentimes, they’re the ones that make recommendations on where the stoma should be placed, after discussing the placement with the patient and watching how that person sits. They also walk the patient through their feelings about the stoma, and may recommend discussing the upcoming surgery with someone who has already experienced it.

After the surgery, ostomy nurses are there to show patients how to use their ostomy pouches and answer more questions. They still may be helping the patient to emotionally deal with the impact of their new stoma.

Many nurses, of all types, may connect deeply with their patients. And many patients also connect with and remember their nurses. But ostomy nurses are there during such a huge and often positive life-changing event, they deserve a special shout out. So thank you, WOC Nurses! You are appreciated.

Product Reviews – Thanks!

Posted by on August 6, 2014 under BladderMatters, Ostomy Care, Very Urological | Read the First Comment

Check out these incontinence and ostomy product reviews.

We think we carry the best possible incontinence, ostomy and urological products out there.

But you don’t have to take OUR word for it.

We love it when our customers review our products. It lets their fellow customers know specifics of the product and first-hand accounts of using them. We thought we’d highlight a few of these reviews in today’s post. When you finish, please feel free to write some reviews of your own!

Review of First Quality Prevail Adult Briefs:
“I have used this particular brand of briefs for many years and I highly recommend them. They’re absorbent and not too bulky. They’re comfortable and really are the best brief out there.”

Review of Hollister New Image 2pc Flextend Skin Barrier CTF:
“I love these flanges this inside portion is protected by what appears to be plastic covering over the barrier. The ease of use and the outer sticky tape helps hold the flange and barrier are in place. Rarely does it become un-sticky even in the shower. I would recommend them and I’ve tried many types.”

Review  of Dale Foley Tube Catheter Leg Band:
“This is the best way to hold a cath tube in place. Have used many and found nothing better.”

While we of course love positive reviews, we want to hear about all the types of experiences that our customers have with our products. We use these reviews when considering which products and product lines we should sell, and will sometimes pass on the comments to the manufacturer. Our goal is your satisfaction with everything we sell.

For instance, this review of ConvaTec Aloe Vesta Perineal Skin Cleanser helps us know that there’s another product out there that a customer would like us to carry:
“Great product although it’s hard to spray[,] a foaming product would be better. Hospitals carry the liquid foaming that is what I really was looking for.”
(That cleansing foam can be found here.)

So if you have an opinion on a product you’re using, it’d be great if you’d head over to TotalHomeCareSupplies.com and write it up! Thanks in advance!