Unpleasant odours in homes or healthcare facilities can affect everyone in the building, from residents and patients to visitors and workers. Besides being unpleasant and embarrassing, it creates a suboptimal working environment for healthcare and facility workers, leading to diminished care for patients and residents, and less family visits. To ensure a comfortable, odour-free facility, effective care and cleaning routines are essential.
Constant odour indicates an underlying problem caused by poor care and cleaning routines. Maintaining cleanliness and dryness of residents, furniture, and linens is crucial to eliminate possible odour, along with resolving spills and leakages promptly and using the right incontinence products to minimise odour.
Disinfection and cleaning agents are the first step towards odour prevention, followed by using odour-neutralising and deodorising products. Proper disposal of incontinence products, gloves, bed protection, and cleansing products is crucial to prevent bad odour.
Selecting the correct incontinence product is vital, based on gender, type, and absorbency level of incontinence, with frequent changing of the product following application guidelines. Bed protection is also an economical choice to prevent damage and odour to furniture, mattresses, and carpeting.
Abena, as a leading provider of incontinence products, offers a wide range of continence aids to provide effective support in healthcare and care facilities in Australia and New Zealand.