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Introduction

Some persons with Mobility Impairments, especially the Elderly and those in Wheelchairs often require a variety of Health Care Accessories on a daily basis. Health Care Accessories include a wide variety of products and range from Cleaning and Sterilization products to Medication, Wound Care and Incontinence Products for both the Bowel and the Bladder, including Colostomy and Urine Bags, Catheters, etc. These Health Care products are often essential to the Elderly or persons with disabilities to maintain their dignity and health and are available in South Africa from various companies such as Thusanang - Health Restoration, who also deliver these products to your door and provide various other Services such as Wound Care.

Thusanang - Health Restoration: provides assistsance to persons with disabilities by seamlessly offering special medical consumables including Incontinence Products, Wound Care Products, Medication, Urine Bags & Accessories, Hygiene Products and Stoma Products,Thusanang Health Restoration with door-to-door delivery to certain areas. Working closely with Associate Case Managers enables us to determine and agree on each individual’s specific requirements and then provide a 3 month supply of medical consumables. We also have close relations with numerous manufactures and suppliers of equipment, devices and medical and surgical consumables and now accepts all medical aids. Our organisation also offers RAF benefits, motivational talks and specialised caregiver training aimed at equipping the caregivers with adequate hands-on knowledge on how to assist persons with disabilities in their day-to-day lives including healthy living, hygiene, simple exercise, diet, etc. Thusanang have offices in both Boksburg and Limpopo, you can contact them at:

Boksburg: You can contact Ms Edwina Makgamatha on Tel: +27 (0) 11 453 0480 or Email: edwina@te-ss.co.za or visit their office at: Unit 19, Jan Smuts Park, 62 Jones Road, Jet Park, Boksburg 1459.

Limpopo: You can contact Ms Naomi Maremane at the Limpopo Office at: Shop 6B Mokopane Plaza, 101 Nelson Mandela Drive, Mokopane 0600 on Tel: +27 (0) 15 491 1099 or Email: naome@te-ss.co.za. Alternatively you can view their Catalogue, or visit their website at: www.te-ss.co.za

Please read the article below to find out more information about these Health Care Accessories that are available in South Africa and the companies that provide them.

Incontinence

Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion known as faecal or bowel incontinence. Incontinence is a widespread condition that ranges in severity from 'just a small leak' to complete loss of bladder or bowel control, it is a common and distressing problem and can have a large impact on the quality of life for both the young and old. It is an important issue in geriatric health care and effects many persons with Spinal Cord Injuries, it can however be treated or managed and in some cases can also be cured. There are a wide variety of different types of Medications and Urine or Bowel Health Care Accessories that can help you to manage or prevent the problem, as well as Incontinence Products that can reduce the effects of the problem if it does occur.

Urine Health Care & Incontinence Accessories

Urine Health Care & Incontinence Accessories are those products which can be used to manage Urine Incontinence. Male and Female bladder incontinence is sometimes managed using absorbent products such as Pads, Nappies, etc. Their are however alternative and more discreet solutions for both Males and Females with urinary incontinence (leakage), urinary retention (not being able to urinate), as well as various other health problems. These products include:Urine Bags & Paul's Tubing

  • Paul's Tubing (Conveen sheaths) for men, as well as Urine Bags, which connect to them, to be emptied when full or at your convenience.  
  • Catheters are available for both Men and Women and can be connected to Urine Drainage Bags in the same way as the Paul's Tubing are listed above.

These and other"Urine Health Care & Incontinence Accessories" are available in different styles, sizes and brand names and can be purchased from various companies and suppliers in South Africa, including Thusanang - Health Restoration, who stock various types of these Accessories including:

Catheters, Paul's Tubing & Catheter Bags: Catheters and Paul's Tubing from Coloplast are available  in various sizes, they connect to the Urine Drainage Bag which collects the urine. Urine Bags also available in different sizes and styles, at night you will need to use a bedside bag with a larger capacity and stand, while during the day, your leg bag will be attached to your thigh or calf with Velcro or elastic straps, so that you can hide your leg bag under skirts, dresses, or pants and can move around freely with it. The bag should always be lower than your bladder, which keeps the urine from flowing back into your bladder.

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Contact Thusanang - Health Restoration to find out what size and types of Sheaths, Catheters and Urine Bags they have available to help you find a discreet incontinence solution and product combination which best suits your lifestyle.Incontinence Products

Bladder Incontinence Absorbent Products

Bladder Incontinence Absorbent Products include items such as Absorbent Pads for both Men and Women, Adult Nappies, Pull Up Absorbent Pants, Mattress Protectors and Linen Savers. These and other "Bladder Incontinence Absorbent Products" are available in different styles, sizes and brand names and can be purchased from various companies and suppliers in South Africa, including Thusanang - Health Restoration, who stock various types of these Accessories including:

Disposable Absorbent Pads & Pull-Ups: Disposable Absorbent Pads are available for those with moderate to heavy incontinence, while Disposable pull-ups provide a higher level of security and come with odour protection which can be removed using tapes at the side. These Accessories are available in different makes such as MoliCare; Tena and MoliMed, which are all sold by companies such as Thusanang - Health Restoration, contact them to find out what other types, brands and sizes they have available to best suit your lifestyle.

Mattress Protectors: Protects your mattress from getting damaged if accidents do happen, they also help prevent allergies and dust mites. Dead skin cells can end up in your mattress if you don't use a Mattress Protector, Dust Mites which eat dead skin cells can also end up in a Mattress if it doesn't have a protector. Mattress Protectors also helps protect the warranty and are sold by companies such as Thusanang - Health Restoration, contact them to find out what sizes are available.

Adult Nappies: are often necessary for individuals who suffer from heavy or double incontinence. They allow the skin to breathe whilst offering superior levels of absorbency. They also neutralize odors ensuring the wearer is confident and comfortable. Some types feature adjustable tapes and wetness indicators making managing incontinence easier. These Adult Nappies for both Men and Women are sold by companies such as Thusanang - Health Restoration and are available in different brands. Contact Thusanang - Health Restoration to find out what types Adult Nappies are available to best suit your lifestyle.

You can also contact your Urologist if you are unsure what products you should use to manage your urinary incontinence or visit our "Health Care - Loss of Bladder Function" page to find a Urologist in your area or to find out more about incontinence issues.

Bowel Incontinence Products

As mentioned above, Incontinence is a widespread condition that can affect both the bladder and bowel control and is a commonSoflax & Dalcolax and distressing problem in geriatric health care and for many persons with Spinal Cord Injuries. It can however be managed with assistance from a variety of different types of Incontinence Products mentioned above which are also used for Bladder Incontinence, such as Adult Diapers, Pull-Ups, Linen Savers and Mattress Protectors, as well as through the correct diet, Medication, or Stomal Products, if the patient has a Stoma.

This Stomal Equipment as well as various Medication are available from companies and suppliers in South Africa such as Thusanang - Health Restoration, who also stock various brands and types of these products such as:

Medication: Various types of medication such as Soflax and Dulcolax Suppositories (pictured above right) can be used to manage the bowel routine for persons with a Spinal Cord Injury or nerve disease, who have "Loss of Bowel Function". This nerve damage means that you may not feel when you need to have a a bowel movement which often causes constipation and bowel accidents. This medication can help prevent accidents by assisting you to manage timing and consistency of your bowel movement. Your doctor may prescribe this medication, contact Thusanang - Health Restoration to find out more about this medication that they supply and to place an order.Stoma Bags & Bases

Stomal Equipment: Are products such as Colostomy Bags and Bases/Flanges (pictured right), which are used by some persons including some Quadriplegics and Paraplegics who have had their bowel surgically relocated to open onto the abdomen, this opening that is created is called a 'stoma' and it is enclosed in a sealed bag system. Stomal Therapy is the management of stomas and Stomal Sisters or Stomal Therapists are responsible for helping patients adjust to living with either a permanent or temporary colostomy. Contact Thusanang - Health Restoration to find out more about this Stomal Equipment that they supply and to place an order.

Contact your Stomal Therapist before deciding on what products you should use, or visit our "Health Care - Loss of Bowel Function" page to find a Stomal Therapist in your area or to find out more about Loss of Bowel Function.

Wound Care Products

Pressure Ulcers, also known as Pressure Sores or Pressure Injuries are localized damage to the skin and/or underlying tissue that usually occur over a bony prominence as a result of pressure or pressure in combination with shear and/or friction. These Pressure sores are normally caused from being in one position for too long, they commonly form where your bones are close to your skin, such as your ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. The Elderly and some persons with Mobility Impairments are at risk to pressure sores, if they are bedridden, use a wheelchair, are unable to change position, or have poor circulation and blood flow to the area. Wound Nursing is provided by Wound Sisters and is the treatment of patients with acute and chronic wounds, they provide a modern line of wound care products, for various types of wounds, including various ointments, creams or gels which are applied to unhealed pressure ulcers and left in place to treat the wound, which may be covered with a dressing. Some of these wound care products are available from companies and suppliers around South Africa such as Thusanang - Health Restoration, who stock various creams and ointments such as:Prep & Supiroban

Prep Derma Protective Cream: relieves the harshness of shaving and is scientifically formulated to offer you medicated protection for your skin, it can also be used to soothe chafing, rashes, minor burns and Stage 1 pressure sores, which is when the area looks red and may feel warm to the touch. The pressure sore may burn, hurt, or itch and may look blue or purple in people who have dark skin. Applying Prep Derma Protective Cream (pictured right) to these areas, increases blood flow and reduces the itch and redness. Prep is available from various companies in South Africa including such as Thusanang - Health Restoration, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Supiroban: Supiroban 2 % Ointment (pictured above right), is an antibiotic which is used to treat bacterial infections such as impetigo, folliculitis, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. It can also be used for Stage 2 pressure sores, which is when the area is more damaged than Stage 1, the sore may be open and may look like a cut or blister. The skin around the sore may be discolored and the sore should be painful. Supiroban should be applied to these areas and covered with a dressing, the dressing should be changed once a day. Supiroban is available from various companies in South Africa including Thusanang - Health Restoration, please contact them to find out more or to receive a quote.

Visit our section on "Health Care & Rehabilitation - Development of Pressure Sores" to find out more about Pressure Sores & Wound Sisters, or Contact Us for more information.

Hygiene Products

Hygiene is a set of practices performed to preserve health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), "Hygiene refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases." Personal hygiene refers to maintaining the body's cleanliness and includes such personal habit choices, such as how frequently to take a shower or bathe, wash hands, trim fingernails, and change and wash clothes. It also includes attention to keeping surfaces in the home and workplace, including bathroom facilities, clean and pathogen-free. Good Hygiene is important for everyone but is even more important for the Young, Elderly and persons who have recently been discharged from hospital or with Mobility Impairments who are more "at risk" of infection in the home due to them needing certain procedures performed for them e.g. catheter or dressing replacement, which puts them at higher risk of infection.

Antiseptics may be applied to cuts, wounds abrasions of the skin to prevent the entry of harmful bacteria that can cause sepsis. Special medical hygiene procedures which are not correctly carried out, can increase the risk of infection. There are a variety of different types of these Hygiene Products which can be used to reduce the risk of infection around the home, these Hygiene Products are available from various companies and suppliers in South Africa, including companies such as Thusanang - Health Restoration, who sell various Hygiene Accessories such as:

D-Germ: is used to disinfect hands prior to procedures and examinations. It contains 70% Propyl Alcohol and emollients and 0.5% Chlorhexadine Gluconate. Chlorhexidine gluconate is a water-soluble, cationic biguanide that binds to the negatively charged bacterial cell wall, altering the bacterial cell osmotic equilibrium. Contact Thusanang - Health Restoration to find out more or to receive a quote.

Savlon Antiseptic Liquid: kills over 99.9% of germs within 3 minutes, it can be used in the bath for hygienically clean skin or around the home to disinfect and sanitise surfaces. These and other Hygiene Products are available from companies in South Africa including Thusanang - Health Restoration, contact them to find out more about this or to see what other types of these products they can supply, or Contact Us for more information.

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