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Victory Gardens, Gas Rationing and Men’s Liberty

Posted by Sam Turner on Apr 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

My parents taught me not to waste anything.  Our village had victory gardens. Because of World War II and gas rationing, we practiced conservation.  If driving sixty miles from our house to Williams, Arizona while maintaining a speed of thirty miles per hour would save gas and tires, then my father took two hours to drive our 1938 Chevrolet to our destination.    My wife grew up under similar circumstances. Making things last as long as possible became a habit in our marriage.

LearningCurveTherefore, it’s understandable that, if Men’s Liberty says my external catheter is designed to last twenty-four hours, I would attempt to make it last thirty-six or even forty-eight hours. Tony, my advisor at BioDerm, was careful not to reprimand me but he encouraged me to follow the directions.  I kept track of the units used, listing them on my calendar.  I even bragged to Tony that, one time, the unit lasted seventy-two hours before falling off in the shower.  But I realized that I was taking chances... 

This morning, for instance, I was into Day Three of one unit’s use.  Since I wasn’t planning to go anywhere, I figured that, being home for the day,  I could make it last until bedtime.  My neighbor was sweeping the sidewalk and, without thinking, I walked out to visit.  Standing by the oleander hedge – plunk! The unit fell through my shorts!   He was as surprised as I.  

“Let me explain about Men’s Liberty’s external catheter.” 

“You have an unusual way of advertising, Sam,” he laughed. 

GoldStarHowever, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed (my wife), had a different opinion.

“Are you in some kind of contest?”

“No.”

“Will Men’s Liberty send you a gold star if your unit lasts a week?”

“No.”

“Then I suggest you follow their directions and rotate the units every twenty-four hours.  You’ve just been lucky that you weren’t someplace in public that would cause you and me embarrassment!”

All I could answer was, “Yes, dear.”  


Thanks for sharing Sam! I just need to add a little note from all of us here at Men's Liberty. It's true our directions do say to expect a 24 hour wear time because that is what the vast majority of men experience. Some men, like Sam, can see a consistent wear time of 48 hours but there are lots of reasons why this isn't possible for everyone. For example, men living in hot, humid areas where they sweat a lot probably wont see that kind of wear time.

Our recommendation is always to change every 24-48 hours, depending on what your body needs. Get into a routine with your Liberty and stick with it. That's the key to avoiding an unexpected plunk!

If you are a current user who is seeing a change in your normal wear time, give us a call - we'll troubleshoot things with you and get you back to the wear time you're used to!

Thanks for visiting! And a big thank you to Sam for sharing!

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Topics: incontinence, men's liberty, tips from Men's Liberty users, Guest Blogs

OCCUPIED!

Posted by Sam Turner on Jan 29, 2015 12:30:00 PM

For a person on absorbents, this sign can cause panic:

On a one-hour flight from Tucson to San Diego, I am just a bit nervous. The thought of flying isn’t the problem. It’s the thought of having to walk down the aisle with a full absorbent, only to find that both restroom signs have flashed OCCUPIED!

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PANIC!

There is no such thing as “holding it”. Using the restroom immediately before boarding is no insurance that all will be well. If our plane is on hold before takeoff; if I am unable to get an aisle seat close to the restroom; if we have to wait before landing…all of these events add pressure to “holding it”. Flights longer than an hour demand that I travel by a different carrier that provides “First Class”, where I have a better chance of getting an UN-occupied restroom. Not only do I have to pay for absorbents, but I have to upgrade my seating or even change preferred flights (at a higher cost!), to meet the needs of an inadequate diaper.

Even in a restaurant, there have been occasions when the only stall is OCCUPIED and waiting brings on the emergency. The longer I wait, the faster my “quality of life” scale drops (from 10 to 0). I’m certainly not in control.

This was before Men’s Liberty. Now, with Men’s Liberty external catheter and a leg bag (if necessary), I remain in control. How did I learn about this marvelous invention? I saw an ad that opened with: “What Adult Diaper Companies Don’t Want Men To Know…” The first thing I noticed was that Men’s Liberty is covered by Medicare! I didn’t wait to email them. I called them immediately. I spoke with Tony in sales and he had the product in the mail within twenty-four hours. Four days later, I had my first units. I took my first step onto “Wendy’s, Conquering The Learning Curve (Video)"…My first step to regaining control over my urinary incontinence.

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Topics: incontinence, men's liberty

Wendy LaTorre Talks Incontinence with Evan & Deb on WHNZ Tampa Bay!

Posted by Sarah Woodward on Jul 31, 2014 11:59:00 AM

On Monday, July 28th - Chief Strategy Officer Wendy LaTorre was interviewed about Men's Liberty on the Evan & Deb Show - WHNZ 1250AM Tampa Bay - the radio show for active, mature adults.

Listen here!

 

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4 Myths about Men's Liberty (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jun 23, 2014 2:00:00 PM

In this week's video blog Wendy is here to do a little myth-busting! Watch as she busts 4 of the most common myths surrounding the Men's Liberty device. This is a very informative video so don't miss out, give it a watch and let us know what you think! See you next week.

 

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Misconceptions concerning Men’s Liberty

Posted by Mens Liberty on May 5, 2014 2:00:00 PM

A few months back we attended the Los Angeles Abilities Expo and it was a true learning Abilities Expoexperience for us. Meeting new people in different cities across the U.S. and helping them find a better solution to manage their incontinence can be truly rewarding, especially since most of the time we are working from our home office and don’t get to meet our patients face-to-face. But, one of the most important things we learned from speaking with our patients was that the terminology we use to describe Men’s Liberty can be confusing.

Now I know the Liberty can be confusing for new patients because the design is revolutionary and it probably doesn't look like anything you've seen before. But it's design is honestly what makes it special. So let’s take some time to address a few of the common misconceptions many patients have about the Liberty.

 

1. Hydrocolloid IS NOT glue:

Hydrocolloid is a medical adhesive made from completely biodegradable, food grade materials. Unlike glue, it contains NO latex and is NOT plastic based. This allows hydrocolloid to be very skin friendly and is often used to treat burn victims due to its gentle adhesion to the skin.

2. The Integral Collection Chamber:

Many patients ask “what will happen when the pouch fills up completely? Will it just pop?” The answer is simple, No. Liberty has been on the market since 2006 and we have never had a single report of a pouch bursting while being used by a patient. The Liberty has undergone extensive testing and the integral collection chamber has been tested to hold up to 4 psi without bursting open.

Now that may not sound like much, however, to put that into perspective you could have a 200+ pound man stand on top of the pouch and it would not pop. Yes, we have filled the pouch up and had the heaviest guy in the office stand on it (he's a little more than 200 lbs but we don't tell him that). The resilience of the pouchMen's Liberty comes from the fact that there is no glue used to hold the pouch together, it is actually "welded" together to form one cohesive piece.

3. The Anti-Reflux Valve:

The next misconception is that once the pouch fills up completely, the urine will start to back up and reach the tip of the penis; this could cause skin irritation and health complications. However, the anti-reflux valve solves this problem, once the urine enters the pouch it cannot go back up.

To put this to the test, I personally tried this during my own in-office experiment the other day. I took the Liberty and filled it up with water to capacity. I then stood on it, turned it upside down, squeezed the pouch, shook the pouch, but no matter how hard I tried; I could not get the water to come out of the pouch. But that doesn't mean you don't need to empty it when it gets full. It's designed to hold approximately 8.5 fluid ounces (250 ML).

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So that's what I learned at the Abilities Expo - is there anything I left out? Any questions or misconceptions you'd like to burst? Let me know in the comments and I'll answer them next time!

Topics: men's liberty, Interesting Articles

And the Winner is...2014 Men's Liberty Survey Results (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Apr 17, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Welcome back to another video blog! This week Wendy is here to discuss the results from our recent 2014 Men's Liberty Customer Satisfaction Survey. Im not gonna talk you to death, so give it a watch!

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Dignified, Cost-Effective Alternative to Adult Diapers

Posted by Mens Liberty on Apr 11, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Urinary incontinence is one of those things many people aren't comfortable talking about. The hush-hush issue is rarely discussed publicly despite the estimated 30 million Americans currently living with some level of urinary incontinence. It affects a large demographic including active seniors, baby boomers, women who have birthed multiple children and those with health conditions such as prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, strokes, epilepsy or bladder, urinary tract or pelvic cancers.

Given its prevalence, this is an issue many caregivers deal with daily, and it can take a toll on them as they support the ones they love.

Since the topic is blacklisted from most conversations, many people don't know about all the available solutions. Worse yet, without knowing the facts, for years people have turned to adult diapers thinking it's the only option. With adult diapers, however, there are issues for the wearer of discomfort and loss of dignity. For a caregiver, there's also the cost to constantly buy these disposable products and frequent trips to the store to replace them - not to mention the environmental concerns.

Since the average wearer uses approximatelyLandfill 1,100 to 1,500 adult diapers each year, multiplied by millions of wearers across the country, billions of adult diapers are added to our trash heaps every year. As such, these disposable diapers are now the third largest consumer item in United States landfills, making up 17.5 million tons of garbage and 7 percent of all of the nation's landfill waste. This number is staggering, especially when compared to infant diapers, which make up only 2 percent of landfills.

The issue is complicated further for many as adult diapers are sometimes labeled biodegradable. Yet, not even biodegradable diapers break down in a landfill according to the California Integrated Waste Management Board. It can actually take up to 500 year for a disposable diaper to decompose. Not only that, research from Natural-Environment.com showed that more than 82,000 tons of plastic and 250,000 trees are used to make disposable diapers each year.

It can't be disputed: adult diapers are bad for the environment.

So in spite of attempts to keep the topic under wraps, now is the time to learn and share the facts about more eco-friendly alternatives like Men's Liberty. This option is unknown by so many, yet Men's Liberty is specifically designed for those who suffer from light, moderate or complete urinary incontinence.

Men's Liberty also eliminates the discomfort and loss of dignity that can come with adult diapers. Many caregivers witness first-hand the embarrassment the issue can cause the ones we love. The Men's Liberty is small and discreet, and is easily concealed under normal clothing. Even better: Men's Liberty is less expensive because it covered by most state insurances, saving the average user hundreds of dollars compared to adult diapers.

Although Men's Liberty is not a completely "green" product, we have made great strides over the past 24 months to reduce our environmental footprint. For example, we reduced the amount of plastic packaging we use to conceal the Men's Liberty. This reduction in packagingMen's Liberty helps to reduce waste to landfills. Additionally, the adhesive we use on Men's Liberty, hydrocolloid, is made completely from plant and food grade materials, which are biodegradable. The paper packaging used to protect the faceplate and seal are also biodegradable. Another initiative we have implemented is sourcing materials from local suppliers whenever possible in order to reduce carbon emissions that occur as a result of transporting goods.

Unfortunately, we have not found a suitable alternative for the plastic collection bags or drain tube, but rest assured we are working on that as well.

Men's Liberty is better for your wallet, better for the environment, better for your lifestyle, and better for the ones who care for you. Now, you and the one's you love don't have to worry about dealing with constant changing of the adult diapers, the odors and discomfort that can come with adult diapers, or frequent trips to the store to buy disposable diapers. Men's Liberty allows men to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and reduces landfill waste.

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Men's Liberty: 2014 Customer Service Survey.

Posted by Mens Liberty on Apr 4, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Good day my friends! Today I have some exciting news for you all and the best part is; you played a part of it. So thank you to everyone who participated in this year's annual customer satisfaction survey.

We love hearing from you any time of the year, but so many of you took our survey - we were absolutely overwhelmed with information. We've had a frew weeks to distill it all now and I wanted to share the result with all of you!

I learned a lot reading your responses - some of it was new information and some reinforced what I already knew. For example, 75% of you used absorbaent pads, diapers, briefs or pull ups before trying Men's Liberty. You made the leap to a different device that is covered by Medicare - congratulations! Bet it feels good to keep those dollars in your pocket! The rest of you used condom catheters (10%), indwelling catheters (6%) and some of you used nothing at all - a startling 9%.Talk to a doctor

And it looks like we're making some progress on key issues - more than 90% of you have a doctor that is aware of your bladder leakage and/or urinary incontinence issues. This is fantastic news because this indicates to us that more men are getting out there and talking about this issue with their doctor, which is the first step in getting help to manage your urinary incontinence.

93.3% of you said that your customer care representative is helpful and polite. And 9 out of 10 people agreed that Men's Liberty was clearly explained to you before you ordered. Even better, 86% of you are satisfied with the performace of Men's Liberty in managing your urinary incontinence. And of course, for those of you who were less than satisfied - I'm taking a long, hard look at what we can do better. Whether it's adding staff so we can answer more calls during busy hours or changing how we explain things - we always want to do better for you!

Another interesting thing we learned was the average age of our patients. 37.3% of you were between the ages of 70-79; however, what was suprising was that 23.8% of you were under the age of 60. This shatters the misconception that incontinence is something that "only happens to old people", when in fact incontinence is an issue that affects men of all ages.

Suggestions

Although the vast majority of you are satisfied with the performance of the Men's Liberty, many of you also had suggestions on how we could improve your experience with the product. For example, many of you have experienced adhension problems with the Liberty and many of you would like to see a FreeDerm removal wipe included with your Men's Liberty. We greatly appreciate your suggestion and all of them are being taken into account. In fact, we'll be doing a blog in the next few weeks on troubleshooting shorter wear times and easy fixes for common Men's Liberty problems.

 

Finally, the best feedback we received (in my opinion) from this survey was that 90% of you said you would recommend Men's Liberty to someone dealing with incontinence. This is and AMAZING number.

We want to hear from you so if you didn't get a chance to participate - don't wait for the next survey. Get involved today! Send us an email, leave a note in the comments, post about us on Facebook - reach out and we'll be there to listen and to help. Thanks so much for all your feedback.

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Addressing Aging

Posted by Mens Liberty on Apr 1, 2014 2:00:00 PM

We're getting old, but that's not necessarily bad, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years will double from 11 percent to 22 percent, it points out. In fact by 2050, 2 billion people in the world will be 60 or older. In part, however, this reflects our success at addressing childhood disease and maternal morality, notes WHO.

At the same time, as the world population ages so rapidly, we face both challenges and Men's Libertyopportunities. On one hand, it strains pension and social security systems, increases demand for acute and primary healthcare, necessitates a larger, better trained health workforce and increases the need for long-term care, particularly with regard to dementia. On the other hand, older people are a great resource for their families and communities, and they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the world. Societies that can adapt to this changing demographic will have "a competitive advantage" over those that don't, says WHO.

Interesting fact about world aging

Not only will there be twice as many people worldwide who are over 60 years, by 2050, WHO estimates that nearly 400 million will be 80 years or older. If so, the majority of middle-aged adults will have living parents. In addition:

  • By 2050, 80 percent of older people will live in low- and middle-income countries, includig Chile, China and the Islamic Republic of Iran. In Africa, the number of older people will likely grow from 54 million to 213 million between 2000 and 2050.
  • Because population aging is occurring more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries, they will have a smaller opportunity to prepare.
  • Older people in low- and middle-income countries carry a great disease burden than those from wealthier countries. They tend to die earlier from heart disease, stroke and chronic lung disease and experience higher rates of visual impairment and hearing loss.
  • Visual impairment, dementia, hearing loss and osteoarthitis are some of the most common challenges older people face.
  • The risk of dementia increases with age, with an estimated 25-30 percent of people 85 or older having some degree of cognitive decline.

What does it mean?

Elderly CarePeople need to consider what an aging population means for the healthcare system, WHO points out. Issues such as limited mobility, frailty and other physical and mental health problems are expected to require many aging individuals to rely on long-term-care services, including nursing homes, residential and hospital-based care. Particularly in developing countries, where the number of older individuals unable to care for themselves is expected to quadruple by 2050, systems will have to be in place.

As healthcare workers spend increasingly more time caring for the elderly, they will need to be trained on aging-specific issues, particularly with regard to managing chronic illness and preventing disease. The time to start is today, according to WHO, noting that "healthy aging starts with healthy behaviors in earlier stages of life." This includes diet and nutrition, physical activity and avoidance of health risks, such as smoking, overconsumption of alcohol or overexposure to toxic chemicals.

Finding solutions

An aging population presents challenges - especially for lower-income countries - but not insurmountable ones, says WHO. The organization recommends provisions such as state-funded pensions to protect older people against extreme poverty, and primary healthcare to support their long-term care.

WHO is also working to identify strategies to help strengthen healthcare systems, makingDoctors office services more effective and accessible for elderly people. Currently, the orgnization has programs in place that focus on the prevention of blindness and deafness. In addition, WHO supports the development of technology designed to:

  • Better monitor health status and detect early signs of disease.
  • Connect older people to healthcare.
  • Ensure better data collection and monitoring.
  • Create training opportunities for healthcare workers and caregivers. This includes reviewing (and where necessary, revising) medical curricula and university training.
  • Develop new diagnostic, monitoring and assistive devices.
  • Assist older people with functional loss to remain independent.

And, solutions such as these must be carried over to lower-income countries, as well, adds WHO. The sooner people, healthcare workers and organizations put population aging on their radar, the better prepared they will be to address - and help solve - issues as they arise.

Source: repertoire magazine October 2013.

Topics: men's liberty, Interesting Articles

Men's Liberty Customer Story: Meet Robert Branford

Posted by Mens Liberty on Mar 26, 2014 1:00:00 AM

Welcome back to another Men's Liberty video blog. This week Wendy shares a story that comes from one of our patients Robert Branford. Check it out!

 

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