Dressing for Incontinence

Incontinence, depending on the severity, can be extremely difficult and frustrating for individuals and their caregivers to manage.  With some foresight and product research, those suffering from incontinence and their caregivers can find ways to address hygiene and access needs while streamlining the changing process.


Look for pants with gussets, a diamond-shaped piece of fabric in the crotch. Gussets provide more room in the pants to accommodate adult diapers or other incontinence products.



Choose protective underwear. New developments in disposable underwear have made them more streamlined to wear under clothing. Washable incontinence underwear can also be found that is absorbent for light to heavy leaks and has antimicrobial features.


Garments that have quick-release waistbands (utilizing hook & loop or magnets) are best, allowing a caregiver to quickly remove a person’s pants to prevent accidents.




Skin that remains wet for long periods is more prone to tears, sores and infection. Look for pants that have flat internal seams and no tags to prevent further skin irritation if the skin gets wet.


Waistbands that stretch and do not constrict the waist are best to reduce unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.


Multiple garment changes may be needed every day. Buy clothing in sets to reduce expense.




New development in antimicrobial and odor-control textiles can be helpful to maintain hygiene for incontinent persons and those around them.