Adult diapers are used by adults of all ages and with various types of issues. That does not mean that your loved ones who may benefit from it are willing to use it or be comfortable with its use. Indeed, this can be a tricky topic to bring up, as most people generally find it unpleasant to deal with matters relegated to the toilet. However, talking about it may prove invaluable to your loved ones. If you need help convincing them to wear adult diapers, this article is a good starting point for your endeavors.
Why Are Adult Diapers Useful?
Before convincing others to wear adult diapers, it is prudent for us to be aware of the benefits. Firstly, adults of any age and with a variety of conditions can avail of it. For example, those who have mobility issues and are unable to move around as they used to, those with incontinence, and even people with dementia. Adult diapers come in a variety of styles and sizes, from traditional underwear to tape-on and those resembling sanitary napkins. There will be something to suit each person’s particular needs.
Why Do Adults Refuse To Wear Adult Diapers?
Given the many benefits of adult diapers, it might seem downright silly not to wear them if they are helpful. However, it is equally important to know the reasons for their refusal, so that you can work through them. Firstly, it is common for adults to be in denial or embarrassed about their toileting needs. The easiest thing to do for anyone is to ignore the problem and hope it goes away. We have all been guilty of that at some point.
Apart from this, your loved ones may not even be aware of the severity of their issues, especially if their sense of smell is diminished. The fact that their clothing is soiled may not even register. This is compounded when they do not regularly go out or have social visits. Other contributing factors include depression and dementia. In the former, your loved ones may not have the motivation to address the problem although they know about it. For dementia, your loved ones may be suffering from memory loss and may forget that they have an issue.
Use Appropriate Tone And Language
How do you approach your loved ones about wearing adult diapers then? Remember, this is a sensitive topic, so it never hurts to prepare or make a plan of what to say. For example, it is best to avoid using the word ‘diaper’ as it has can lead to infantilizing your loved ones. This may have repercussions on their dignity and sense of worth. You could use words like ‘liners’ or ‘pads’ to make them more comfortable. It is also important to bring this up at a time when both you and your loved ones are in a peaceful mood. If you are frustrated about your loved ones’ lack of cooperation, this may bleed into your tone, leading your words to become dismissive. Finally, it is important not to talk down to our loved ones. Use words like ‘we’ and ‘us’ and try avoiding placing blame on them.
Sometimes, it may be best to let your loved ones speak to peers in their community who may be facing similar issues. Do contact us at TerraBella Spartanburg if you would like a supportive environment for your loved ones’ needs.