Monitoring Diaper Wetness of Incontinent Elders

Incontinence in the elderly can range from mild leakage of urine to uncontrollable wetting, often during the nighttime. The four main types of incontinence include urge incontinence, stress incontinence, overflow incontinence, and functional incontinence. Taking care of incontinent elderly often can be stressful and time-consuming, but we here at ElderSens have a few tips to reduce caregiver workload and pressure.

Incontinence commonly occurs in the elderly during sleep, which is also known as nocturnal enuresis or bedwetting. Many elderly who experience bedwetting often use adult diapers, which can reduce embarrassment for incontinent elderly, as well as make cleanup easier for caregivers. However, it is very stressful and tedious for caregivers to constantly check the diaper (especially when the wearer has multiple layers of clothes on). Our product, DiaperSens, will automatically send an alert as soon as diaper wetness is detected. This allows the caregiver to immediately change the diaper, reducing the chances of diaper rash and urinary tract infections (UTI). Patient comfort is also increased dramatically, as the time spent in a wet diaper is minimized.

During the daytime, caregivers also face the challenge of checking for diaper wetness, which isn’t always easy if the patient is asleep or engaging in daily activities. To reduce constant worry and time spent constantly checking, our DiaperSens sensor will alert the caregiver by smartphone notification when wetness is detected. Be sure to read our other blog article about controlling incontinence!