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Exercise and Incontinence

Posted by on October 2, 2014 under BladderMatters | Be the First to Comment

Working out with LBL (light bladder leakage)

There’s no need for any type of incontinence to stop anyone from exercising. Maintaining your health is more important than any worries you may have about any of your fellow athletes discovering you’re even occasionally incontinent. But with the right preparation and products, no one need know anyway.

Stress incontinence can occur during running, working out on NordicTrack-like machines or exercising on stairs. When the pelvic floor is not up to holding in urine, it can leak when pressure is put upon it. To prepare for this, be sure to empty your bladder before starting a workout. And when you take a break half an hour in, use that time to head to the bathroom as well. You can also purchase incontinence products for the sole purpose of using them during exercise. Many of these products are discreet enough to wear under regular workout clothes, or if you’re feeling self-conscious, sweatpants are an option.

Frequent restroom visits will not help the issue if you’re experiencing urge incontinence. In this case, you’re likely on a schedule for when to use the restroom. But there are more ways to keep bladder leakage to a minimum while working out. Make sure you drink only water before and during your workout. Caffeinated drinks can irritate the bladder and make the urge to use the restroom worse. Additionally, sports drinks are often made with citrus components, which, again, can irritate the bladder.

When exercising the rest of your body, don’t forget about Kegels. These exercises work out the pelvic floor muscles and they’re important in the fight against incontinence. You can read more about Kegels for women and men, and more about the different types of incontinence. Have a great workout!

Alzheimer’s and Incontinence

Posted by on August 20, 2014 under BladderMatters | Be the First to Comment

A restroom a clear path is necessary for those with dementia.

Imagine you’re sitting on the couch, at the end of the day, watching your favorite show. You’re relaxed, you’re in a good place, you’re comfortable.

Suddenly, you experience an unpleasant sensation as warm liquid pools under you, and the liquid quickly cools. How did that happen? You didn’t have to go to the bathroom a second ago, but apparently, your bladder decided otherwise.

This is what it can be like for someone with Alzheimer’s. During the disease, the messages that the bladder sends to the brain to tell it it’s time “go” can get mixed up, misdirected or lost altogether.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only reason why people with Alzheimer’s can become incontinent. Other factors can include the medications that patients take to deal with anxiety, not remembering the location of the restroom and underlying medical problems that may not yet be addressed.

These issues may not become evident until the moderate to severe stage of Alzheimer’s, but they will have to be addressed. The caregiver can provide support by gently reminding the patient to use the restroom and by making sure the way to and from the restroom itself are easily accessible.

However, sometimes leaks happen. At that point, the caregiver may want to utilize incontinence supplies. These days, adult briefs can be an unobtrusive as the average pair of underwear. Or, if the patient refuses to wear protective underwear, an underpad can be placed on chairs and beds to manage the leak.

Alzheimer’s can be very distressing to both caregivers and patients. Taking the stress of incontinence out of the equation can help.

Back to School

Posted by on August 13, 2014 under BladderMatters | Be the First to Comment

Things to think about when heading back to school.

Back to school is a significant time, even for those without kids (more traffic on the roads!). But for parents and especially Sandwich Caregivers out there, it can be both a time of relief and of added on stress.

The return to school can mean a more predictable schedule. Your child/children are at a place until a certain time every day, meaning you can plan for when to be at work or caregiving for parents. Many parents celebrate this time of year, and we can bet you’re probably one of them.

But with a new school year can come with new friends and new challenges. If you’re living at home with both your children and your parent or parents, children may be reluctant to bring friends over. Try and understand where this embarrassment is coming from. Talk with them, and, if possible,  be around when and if those friends do come to visit.

Additionally, new friends might mean a sleepover. And if your child has any bladder issues, dealing with any kind of protective underwear can be a potential nightmare. Luckily, nighttime pullups have come a long way. Sleep Overs provide discreet protection for children weighing between 45 and 145 pounds. Their cloth-like outer fabric means no suspicious rustling. If you’d like to try before you buy, you can find samples here.

Congrats from TotalHomeCareSupplies.com on getting through the hot summer. And good luck with a productive, fun and safe new school year!

Different Types of Caregivers

Posted by on August 11, 2014 under Caregiver Corner | Read the First Comment

Three kinds of caregivers

There are as many types of caregivers as there are types of charges. Are you a caregiver? What type are you? We’d love to hear from you – let us know in the comments! Here are three main categories:

Family caregiving brings with it numerous rewards and stresses. The satisfaction that you are “taking care of your own” is very unique. But family also knows you well. They know that the facial expression you’re making now might mean you’re mad, but trying to cover it up. With someone outside your family, they may not notice it or know what it means.

According to the CDC, the typical caregiver is a woman in her 40s, providing care for her mother. This is an incredible act of love, and reciprocation to the woman who brought you into this world. But she may also be the person who’s able to say just a little remark that can bring up decades of past issues. These are stresses many caregivers of their own parents’ experience, and knowing you’re not alone can help (and you’re not, with 34 million unpaid caregivers out there!).

The Internet abounds with stories of people who accidentally become part-time caregivers to their friends and neighbors. Often times, the caregiving begins incrementally: picking up some groceries here, dropping off the mail there. It may stop there, or continue on. These people know that they get along with their charge, which can be a help (who doesn’t love visiting a friend?) and a hindrance (when one person is unhappy, it can be awkward to let their friend know).

Caregiving professionals are part of an industry that is growing and will continue to grow as the baby-boomers age. These individuals have devoted their careers to helping others. The satisfaction of that does not lower the stress that can come with the job, but it may provide comfort at the end of a long day. They may be temporary or long-term. Either way they are bringing both help and joy to their charge.

TotalHomeCareSupplies.com honors all the caregivers out there, and hope that they know we’re thinking of them. We’d love to hear about your caregiver experiences, past or present! See you in the comments!

Camping Checklist

Posted by on August 1, 2014 under BladderMatters | Be the First to Comment

Incontinence Camping Tips

Anyone going camping during this last month or so of summer? If you are, and you need incontinence supplies, there are some some extra items to add to the checklist. Here are a few items that are either essential or helpful. First up, something that everyone should have whenever heading out of the house for the tent life:

1)      Bath Wipes
These unscented, hypoallergenic wipes are extra large, so you’ll only need one for each person each day (initially, at least, as they will also come in handy after meals to clean faces and hands). Each washcloth has more than enough moisture to cleanse thoroughly. They come eight to a pack, but they’re so inexpensive, two packs might be a good choice even for a short trip.

2)      Flashlights, Paper Towels, Can Openers
There are many other convenient items that you could probably get away with forgetting, but these three are pretty much the most essential, besides the tent. Pack these items a few days beforehand to make sure they don’t get lost in the shuffle of last minute packing.

3)      Underpads
A wonderful accessory when camping and experiencing incontinence issues. If you have been employing reusable underpads at home, get a pack of disposable underpads for the trip. While reusable underpads are less expensive in the long run and better for the environment, the convenience of disposable is great for camping. They’ll make the mornings so much easier and with Prevail underpads, you only need one layer at a time.

4)      Games
Chatting by the campfire is ideal, but you want to make sure you have a back-up option in case the talk starts to slow. Take some card games, but nothing large or that requires a board. Then you’ll know that you’re ready to provide the outdoor entertainment once the sun goes down.

5)      Extra Incontinence Supplies
That may sound bulky, but it doesn’t need to be. Just be smart about it. Pack everything you may need (extra briefs, wipes, gloves, creams, washes and disposable bags) into one bag, like a small gym bag. Have a really large tube of cream? Just take what you need by putting some into a travel sized bottle. Keep in mind that because your schedule and activity amount may change during your vacation, your supply needs might change as well.

Having everything securely packed will make you able to relax and appreciate your vacation. Last tip: if you have multiple bags, during packing time, note which item was place in which bag. Then take that list with you. It will save time later and you’ll know exactly what you packed. Enjoy your trip!

5 Health Benefits of Drinking Water in the Morning

Posted by on March 14, 2013 under Resources | 5 Comments to Read

Trying to boost your metabolism?  How about fighting off infection?  The answer could be as close as the kitchen sink.  A glass of water in the morning (don’t worry, you can still have coffee!) brings amazing health benefits – from purifying your colon to increasing blood cell production!  Here are 5 surprising health advantages of drinking water in the morning:

5_advantages_of_drinking_water#5 – Increased nutrient absorption: Drinking water on an empty stomach purifies the colon, making it easier for your body to absorb nutrients.

#4 – New cell production: Our blood is composed of about 83% water, while lean muscle tissue is approximately 75% water.  Early morning water consumption increases the daily production of new blood and muscle cells.

#3 – Increased weight loss:  Believe it or not, your body works a little bit harder to raise your core temperature when you consume something cold. Drinking at least 16 ounces of chilled water in the morning can boost your daily metabolism by up to 24%!

#2. Clear, moisturized skin:  It’s no coincidence that it’s called the “fountain” of youth.  Water helps to purge toxins from the blood, which helps keep your skin glowing, moisturized and clear.  This gives you a more youthful appearance, and over time visibly reduces signs of aging.

#1. Balanced lymph system: Your lymph nodes act as filters for foreign particles and are important in the proper functioning of the immune system.  Lymph fluids circulate throughout the body, helping you perform multiple daily functions – including balancing your bodily fluids and fighting off infection.

waterdropWhat’s better for you, cold water or room-temperature water?  Both cold water and lukewarm water have health benefits.  Drinking cold water increases the number of calories you burn, in turn raising your metabolism, because your body has to work harder to return to normal temperature.   However, room-temperature water can be absorbed more quickly into your system.

lemon2Should you add lemon to your water?  Adding freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice – or a slice of orange – can add a hint of flavor without the calories.  Some people also believe that adding lemon juice to their water increases their vitamin and mineral consumption.  To an extent, that’s correct: home-grown, organic lemons have a higher vitamin and mineral content than store-bought lemons, and often contain calcium, magnesium and potassium along with high levels of vitamin C. However, if you’re sensitive to an acidic diet, consistently adding citric acid to your water could be detrimental to your overall health.  Citric acid is a known bladder irritant, and can erode teeth enamel more quickly.

questionmarkCan you drink too much water?  If you’re worried about drinking too much water, then you’ve heard about hyponatremia – meaning “low sodium in the blood.” This occurs when someone drinks enormous amounts of water and/or loses too much salt from the body within a short period of time – like a marathon runner pounding one or two gallons of water without adding electrolytes, for example.  Hyponatremia is rare, and doesn’t happen when a healthy person spreads his or her water intake over the course of the full day.

Cold or warm, pure or with a slice of citrus – there are plenty of ways to stay hydrated!  Far more important than temperature or citrus is making sure you’re getting enough fluids.  Wondering how much water is enough? For the average healthy adult in a moderate climate, sufficient daily fluid intake for men is about 13 cups, and for women is about 9 cups.  This may souns like a lot, but keep in mind that up to 20% of our fluid intake can be drawn from the food we eat – especially moisture-rich foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.  A great rule of thumb is the 8-8 rule: Drink at least 8 8oz glasses of fluids (preferably water) a day, starting first thing in the morning, and you’ll be in a healthy range.

Don’t forget that many other factors can affect your sufficient fluid intake, such as climate, elevation, exercise, breast feeding, and medications or certain medical conditions.  For more information on these factors, check out this article from the Mayo Clinic: http://mayocl.in/UkbZD.  If you have medical questions about your daily fluid intake, check first with your primary care physician.

For more health information and home health care products, visit our resources blog on TotalHomeCareSupplies.com.


Aww, Nuts! 6 Surprising Foods Irritating Your Bladder

Posted by on February 21, 2013 under Resources | 2 Comments to Read

Top 6 Bladder Irritants

Woman buying groceries, Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Bladder irritants include any foods or beverages that contain ingredients which increase the acidity of your urine.  These foods and beverages, including caffeinated drinks, alcoholic beverages, and highly acidic foods, can cause further irritation in areas of the bladder and urethra that are already inflamed.

While many people may not be bothered by highly acidic urine, for those managing incontinence, catheterization, urostomies or other medical issues, an irritated bladder can be a very serious issue.

That’s why we’ve composed a list of these top acidic food and beverage culprits.  Some you might have guessed; others may surprise you!  Read on to see what parts of your diet may be contributing to your irritated bladder:

1. Carbonated beverages:  Drinks such as sodas and carbonated water fall into this category.  The Alternative: No surprise here – spring water is what your body needs!  Good for everything from your skin to your kidneys, water also dilutes uric acid to soothe an irritated bladder.  For a little extra flavor, try adding a slice or zest of orange or limes.

 2. Processed meats: (especially those containing nitrates): Spicy, processed and smoked meats fall into this category, including hotdogs, sausages, and meats with peppery marinades or sauces.  The Alternative: fresh and mild-flavored meats have a generally soothing effect on the bladder, including fresh turkey, chicken, fish, beef and lamb.

 3. Aged and processed cheeses:  Hard aged cheeses like Parmesan and Asiago and “stinky” cheeses like Blue and Roquefort , as well as chemicals in processed cheeses such as American Cheese slices or Cheez Whiz, can all irritate the bladder.  The Alternative: Mild cheeses such as mozzarella, feta, ricotta and mild cheddar are gentle on the bladder.  Cream cheese and cottage cheese also fall into this “soothing” category.

 4. Acidic or spicy vegetables and fruits: Tomatoes, hot peppers, pickles, raw onions, pineapple, cranberries, and citrus fruits and juices such as orange, grapefruit and lemon are the biggest culprits.  The Alternative:  Tolerance to acids in fruits varies greatly, so trial-and-error may be the best way to determine which fruits you can tolerate.  Blueberries, strawberries, pears and honeydew melon are especially low-acid and are a good place to start.  Vegetables like avocados, asparagus, broccoli, squash, cauliflower, cucumber, green beans, kale, spinach, and most salad greens can soothe an irritated bladder.

 5. Nuts:  Surprisingly, most nuts fall into this category, though tolerance varies from person to person.  The Alternative: Almonds, cashews, pine nuts and sunflower seeds are healthy and soothing nut choices for those with sensitive bladders.

 6. Coffee, Tea, Alcohol and artificial sweeteners:  Unfortunately, some of our favorite indulgences are also highly acidic and irritating to the bladder.  The worst culprits are coffee (both caffeinated and decaffeinated), beer, wine, black or green teas (hot and iced), and beverages containing high amounts of artificial sweeteners.  The Alternative:  Low acid coffees, which are “treated” to reduce the acid.  Very dark roasts are naturally low-acid as well.  Rum, vodka and gin may be easier on the bladder than beer or wine, and herbal teas – particularly chamomile and peppermint – are usually ok.  Natural sweeteners such as sugar, brown sugar, honey and maple syrup are best, but artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Stevia are more gentle than Nutrasweet, Aspartame or Saccharine.

For more information on bladder matters, visit our blog on totalhomecaresupplies.com!  For incontinence or urological supplies, visit our online store at www.TotalHomeCareSupplies.com.

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Is it Alzheimer’s? 5 Treatable Conditions Mistaken for Alzheimer’s

Posted by on February 7, 2013 under Caregiver Corner | Be the First to Comment

Are you concerned about increasing forgetfulness?  Is your loved one showing signs of Dementia?  If you’re afraid you’re overreacting, you’re not alone: according to the Sun Herald, a recent report looked at nearly 1,000 people with Dementia and found that up to 30% didn’t have Alzheimer’s Disease.  Instead, the true culprits were treatable medical conditions that caused Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, including negative reactions to medication.

worried woman image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Some treatable medical conditions include:

  1. Vitamin deficiencies.  Extremely low levels of folic acid, niacin, or vitamins B-1, B-6 or B-12 can cause Alzheimer’s-like symptoms.  Not sure what your vitamin levels are?  Ask your doctor for a blood test to rule a vitamin deficiency out!  According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, older people are at a higher risk for low levels of B-6 and B-12.
  2. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).  A lesser-known culprit, bladder infections can cause delirium in the elderly.  And when incontinence is part of the diagnosis, signs and symptoms of a bladder or urinary tract infection can be hard to spot.  Need to check?  Contact your doctor right away if you have any suspicions.  Signs and symptoms in the elderly can include sudden onset confusion, loss of appetite, or incontinence.  Untreated UTIs can lead to kidney damage or even life-threatening blood infections, so don’t hesitate to call your doctor if you’re concerned.
  3. Underactive Thyroid.  20% of women and 5% of men over 60 suffer from an underactive thyroid gland, which slows down the metabolism to unhealthy levels.  This condition, called hypothyroidism, can cause fatigue, weakness, depression and forgetfulness.  A simple blood test to check hormone levels is all it takes to rule this condition out.
  4. Depression.  Depression in the elderly is a widespread problem, but it’s not normal.  Many common symptoms of depression can be part of the aging process, making it difficult to detect and diagnose.  Some of the most visible symptoms include fatigue, appetite loss, and trouble sleeping, all of which can increase confusion and forgetfulness.  Fortunately, when diagnosed, depression is very treatable – just ask your doctor do a depression evaluation.
  5. Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).  Another underdiagnosed condition, NPH may be difficult to pronounce, but thankfully it’s not as difficult to treat.   NPH is an abnormal increase of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, which happens when the normal flow is blocked in some way.  The elderly are a high-risk group for NPH, although it can happen at any age; causes include head trauma, infection, tumors or surgery, among others.  The increased pressure on the brain causes symptoms that mimic Alzheimer’s, including mental impairment or dementia, difficulty walking or slower movements, and impaired bladder control.  Once the extra fluid is shunted away, behavior usually return to normal.  Only a medical professional can diagnose NPH.

In addition, some medications used to treat depression, anxiety, acid reflux, Parkinson’s disease, allergies and overactive bladder can trigger dementia-like side effects.  These drugs block acetylcholine, which Alzheimer’s patients already have in reduced levels.  Another medication that could be a culprit is digoxin – which is used to slow your heart rate if you have atrial fibrillation or heart failure. If you notice a change in behavior shortly after starting a new medicine regimen, call your doctor immediately.

For more information on Alzheimer’s signs and symptoms, visit the Alzheimer’s Association: http://www.alz.org/.

Prevail Extra Adult Pull-Up Samples

Posted by on February 6, 2013 under BladderMatters | Be the First to Comment


When you’re shopping, sometimes it’s hard to decide what product is best for you.  That’s why we’re happy to offer samples from some of our top-selling incontinence products!  Prevail’s Extra Adult Pull-Ups are not just our best-selling adult pull-ups, they’re also also our best-reviewed.  First Quality Prevail Extra Adult Pull-Ups are comfortable, discreet, and very easy to use.  These pull-ups are designed for men and women who want the look and feel of underwear, not diapers.   The extra-breathable, cloth-like hypoallergenic fabric is enriched with Aloe, Chamomile and Vitamin E for skin wellness, while odor guard technology neutralizes odor.  An innovative thin core with a quick wick layer pulls moisture away from the skin while providing excellent leakage protection.  This $3 sample includes 2 pull-ups per pack, and customers will receive a $9 off coupon for the next order after purchasing!

Samples come in three different sizes:

  • FQPV511  – Small (20 – 34 inch waist)
  • FQPV514  – Xtra Large (58 – 68 inch waist)
  • FQPV517   – 2XL (greater than 69 inch waist)


What could be better than a product sample?  Using one of our February promo codes to save $5 or $10 off your order!  Choose your coupon and enter the promo code at check out, then click “Apply” to see your savings.

Save $5.00 off on all orders over $80.00 using promo code: Love

Save $10.00 off on all orders over $200.00 using promo code: Love10

Then use your $9 off coupon on your next order, and save even more!  We hope you agree – February is customer savings month here at Totalhomecaresupplies.com.

Which Adult Diaper is Best for You?

Posted by on January 29, 2013 under BladderMatters | Read the First Comment


 Buying Adult Diapers

With so many products to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what product is best for you.   Total Home Care Supplies is backed by more than 50 years of experience fulfilling the medical supply needs of consumers, and carefully selects products for both superior quality and affordability.  We believe our customers shouldn’t have to choose between quality and cost in order to meet their medical supply needs.

Our customers have spoken, and it’s no surprise that First Quality Prevail Extra Adult Pull-Ups are our top-rated best-selling brief!  Comfortable and discreet, First Quality Prevail Extra Adult Pull-Ups are ideal for men and women who want the look and feel of underwear.  A soft and stretchable cloth-like backing  provides an incredibly secure and comfortable fit.  Ventilated panels improve skin health and comfort, and its fast-absorbing advanced core design  provides durable protection against leaks.  With high-quality materials and affordable prices, it’s easy to understand why this is one of the best-selling and best-reviewed adult pull-ups we offer.

Pull-Up Sizes

First Quality Prevail Extra Adult Pull-Ups come in five different sizes, so that you can find the perfect fit for you:

  • FQ PV511   Size Small (20 – 34 inch waist)
  • FQ PV512   Size Medium (34 – 46 inch waist)
  • FQ PV513   Size Large (44 – 58 inch waist)
  • FQ PV514   Size XL (58 – 68 inch waist)
  • FQ PV517   Size 2X (68 – 80 inch waist)

If you prefer to test before you buy, we also offer Prevail Extra Adult Pull-Up Sample Packs for only $3, plus shipping.  We’re so confident you’ll like them, all samples come with a $9 off coupon for your next order!  Samples include two pull-ups and currently come in three different sizes.