Gloves and Incontinence Care
Being a caregiver is a tedious and stressful job, especially if their patient(s) is incontinent and needs constant attention. The focus on this type of work is the well-being of the patient, but it is equally important that the caregiver takes care of themselves. After all, without a caregiver being able to perform their best, the patient suffers for lack of proper care.
When stress begins to accumulate, the body's immune system and mental functionality is negatively impacted, preventing the caregiver from providing the concentration and vitality they need to do their job correctly. In times of high stress, caregivers need to take the necessary precautions to make sure they are healthy and mentally capable of caring for their patients.
To prevent the spread of disease or bacteria, it is necessary for a caregiver to consistently wash their hands when they make contact with their patients. And it is imperative that caregivers wear gloves when changing incontinence products, considering the amount of bacteria they are exposing themselves to. Using a reliable pair of gloves during any change is a necessary precaution, and can potentially save the wearer from serious illness. And of course, there are obvious reasons for wearing gloves as a basic sanitary practice.
There are a variety of gloves caregivers can choose from, but the 3 most common and trusted amongst these gloves are Vinyl, Latex, and Nitrile gloves. Vinyl gloves feature a loose fit and a very cheap price. They are great when basic barrier protection is needed, and are easy to put on and pull off. Latex gloves feature a secure, conforming fit, and are probably the most comfortable gloves available on the market. Because of their conforming fit, they provide greater barrier protection than vinyl. But Nitrile gloves are the useful in terms of protection, considering they are more chemically resistant than most gloves, and they feature a conforming fit comparable to Latex.
Regardless of what type of gloves used, caregivers should ALWAYS focus on staying as clean as possible, especially when stress starts to take a toll on your mental and physical health. Remember, it's not just your health and well-being on the line, so take the necessary precautions to keep yourself as healthy and capable as possible for your patient.