Use and Satisfaction With Urinary Incontinence Pads by Home-Based ElderlyBy Mann, William C.; Sindhu, Bhagwant S.; RESNA 27th International Annual Conference 2004: Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, & Policy,
Publication Date: 2004
Paper discusses the use of incontinence absorbent pads by people who are elderly, and explains the most common reasons for lack of satisfaction and non-use of these devices. The paper cites the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Consumer Assessments Study (CAS), which is a ten-year longitudinal study that investigated the coping strategies of people who are elderly and have disabilities. The CAS collected data on health status, demographics, functional status, mental and psychosocial status, and the use of assistive technology, including incontinence devices. Descriptive statistics from the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living assessment and the Functional Independence Measure, sphincter control subset are presented in table format. The results suggest that women made up over 80 percent of respondents who used absorbent pads. Factors relating to fit, comfort, and inadequate absorbency were high among the concerns of the respondents. The authors contend that designs that accommodate visual disabilities could increase the chances of successful incontinence pad use among people who are elderly.
Assistive Products Discussed: FIM SYSTEM
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)