Funding Product checklist Working capacity For pads, is the choice based on your volume of urine loss or bowel leakage? Duration How long does the product need to be worn? Mobility Can you change the product on your own or will you need help? Gender Are there male or female options available which better contour to your body shape? Personal preferences Does the product match your needs for comfort, size, colour, style etc? Cost Have you chosen products that match your budget and suit your needs? Fit For pants, is it a firm yet comfortable fit around the waist and legs to effectively absorb and contain leakage and not rub on your skin as you move? You may be eligible for government funding assistance to help with the purchase of continence products. Call the National Continence Helpline on 1800 330 066 to discuss your eligibility. Usage tips 1. Only change your absorbent product when necessary e.g. when it feels damp to touch, and not at a set time. Typically, people use around 4 pads per day. 2. Do not reuse disposable continence pads and pants, as they are designed for single use only. 3. Dispose used pads in a small bag or nappy sack and then discard in your regular household garbage bin. Never attempt to flush any incontinence pads down the toilet. 4. Replace reusable pads and pants every 6 to 12 months to prevent odours from developing. 5. All washable and reusable continence products must follow the manufacturer’s washing and drying instructions to maintain the absorbency and life of the product. 6. Use barrier creams sparingly to ensure the absorbency of the continence product is not adversely affected. 7. You can use more than one type or style of pad or pant for different situations e.g. for overnight, a social occasion or sport. 8. Continence pants and all-in-one wrap around (nappy style) products should always fit comfortably around the upper leg to prevent leakage. 9. Continence products must be changed very soon after a bowel motion to prevent skin rashes and irritations occurring. Independence Australia specialises in continence aids and products. Visit store.independenceaustralia.com or call 1300 788 855 Disclaimer: The information supplied is general in nature. Please consult your health professional for individual advice. © Independence Australia Group 2019. No part of this fact sheet may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission.