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What's in a Name?

What's in a Name? 0

                                                      It’s understandable that when dealing with as sensitive a topic as incontinence there are polarizing opinions on terminology – more specifically, whether incontinence products should be called “diapers,” “briefs,” or “underwear.” The [...]
The Creams of the Crop

The Creams of the Crop 0

One of the unpleasant and unfortunate side effects of incontinence is red, chapped skin, also known as dermatitis. The seal created by a well-made and properly working diaper can keep sweat and other liquids close to the body, causing this uncomfortable (and unwanted) result. If you or a loved one is dealing with incontinence, a high-quality cream should be [...]
BioFlex Laser User Review

BioFlex Laser User Review 0

Pain Pain go away. Do not come back another day!I have been suffering chronic foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis for over a year. If you have never suffered from plantar fasciitis, consider yourself lucky!Two months ago I was at my chiropractor for treatment of my plantar fasciitis and he mentioned that he had successfully [...]
Fecal Incontinence: The #1 Answers for Your #2 Problem

Fecal Incontinence: The #1 Answers for Your #2 Problem 0

Let's tackle a fundamental issue for seniors - bowel incontinence. Many people are behind in knowing about it, or fear they'll be the rump of a joke if they bring it up. It may be a cheeky subject, butt let's get to the bottom of it. So take a seat while we answer your #1 [...]
ODSP Incontinence Supplies & Direct Pay - What You Need to Know

ODSP Incontinence Supplies & Direct Pay - What You Need to Know 0

ODSP Beneficiaries across Ontario have been receiving letters the past few weeks, letting them know that funds for their incontinence supplies (along with surgical supplies and diabetic supplies) may no longer be added to their monthly income support payments.Many Beneficiaries are being told that they must find a store or vendor who will bill ODSP [...]
What happens if Canada Post goes on strike?

What happens if Canada Post goes on strike? 0

Effective July 2nd, Canada Post parcel service may be disrupted or halted due to a strike or lockout.We hate to bear bad news, but we wanted to let you know that we've been informed that a strike or lockout in early July could substantially disrupt all parcel deliveries in Canada. The last Canada Post disruption [...]
3 Myths about Swimming and Incontinence

3 Myths about Swimming and Incontinence 0

To pee or not to pee... That is the question. It’s that time of year again. The weather is warm, the pools are open and our phones are ringing off the hook with inquiries for “swim diapers”. There’s a lot of confusion in the marketplace about how to manage continence issues and swimming, and how swim diapers work. Let’s [...]
The Elephant in the Room: ABDLs

The Elephant in the Room: ABDLs 0

Very early on after launching www.Healthwick.ca, one of our customer care reps turned to me and said: "I have an online chat customer. He wants to know if we're ABDL-aware?"Clearly at this point I was NOT, since I'd never heard the acronym before, so I responded, "Hold on, let me Google it...."Wow.ABDL (or the more accurate [...]
Rate of Acquisition in Incontinence Products

Rate of Acquisition in Incontinence Products 0

As you know, we're a little bit nerdy when it comes to incontinence products. We like to test everything so we can give customers a real, hands-on impression of how the product might work well (or not so well) for them. So when a manufacturer came to us recently and said "Our new next generation brief [...]
The Science of Super Absorbent Polymers

The Science of Super Absorbent Polymers 0

Go ahead and call us geeks, but the team here at Healthwick loves playing with Super Absorbent Polymers! SAP is perhaps the most important material in an absorbent incontinence product. These tiny but complex hydrogel beads that can absorb up to 500 times their weight in liquid and swell up to 60 times their size. A teaspoon of SAP [...]
Take a Breath: Plastic- vs Cloth-Backed Briefs

Take a Breath: Plastic- vs Cloth-Backed Briefs 0

"Do you have any plastic-backed adult diapers?"Starting today, the Healthwick call centre team is going to start a jar and drop in a quarter every time we hear this question. It comes up so often that we're sure by the end of December, we'll be able to afford a great office lunch.The reason that consumers [...]
Why do we still call them "adult diapers"?

Why do we still call them "adult diapers"? 0

Healthwick closely aligns itself with many clinical and research-based groups, including the Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors, Urology Nurses of Canada and Canadian Continence Foundation. And one thing that any reputable healthcare professional will tell you - the term "adult diapers" is taboo. It's considered to be at best undignified and at worst downright offensive to people [...]