Give To NAFC With AmazonSmile!

Give To NAFC! Shop with AmazonSmile!

Hello Readers!   

Want an easy way to give back to NAFC by doing something you’re probably already doing anyway? Shop with AmazonSmile and select NAFC as your dedicated charity!  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a small portion of your purchase price to the charitable organization of your choice. This works all year long, but the contributions can really add up during the holiday season when you’re buying presents for your loved ones. 

Giving back with Amazon Smile is easy! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Visit AmazonSmile by typing https://smile.amazon.com into your webbrowser. (Bookmark this page and use it for all your Amazon shopping so that you can always make a difference with your purchase!)

  2. Sign into your account and type National Association For Continence into the search bar as your charity of choice. Once you select National Association For Continence as your charity of choice, you’ll receive an email confirming your selection.

  3. Shop as you normally would!


Now all your gifts can make a difference! 

 

Want more ways to give? Visit our donation page to learn how to give back to NAFC!  

 

 

Want To Make A Difference For NAFC This Holiday Season? Here's How To Give Back.

Learn How To Make A difference For Those With Incontinence

Learn How To Make A difference For Those With Incontinence

Another year will soon come to a close and we hope that we’ve made enough of a difference in helping you managing your incontinence that you’ll consider giving something back. NAFC is a small non-profit with all the expenses of a large organization: website upkeep and maintenance, staff, and the development of continued educational tools and programs for those touched by incontinence.

While only a small amount of those who visit our website or read this blog typically give to NAFC, if everyone donated even a small amount, it would be enough to help us reach our goals and continue our mission of raising awareness of and de-stigmatizing. If you’d like to give back to us in some way, but aren’t sure how, read the suggestions below:

  1. Make A Donation. The most straightforward way to help us is to make a donation to NAFC. Your donation will go toward developing new programs and tools, keeping our information up to date, and advocating for quality standards for absorbent products. Donate today.

  2. Consider a gift to NAFC on Giving Tuesday! On Giving Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, starting at 8 AM EST, Facebook and Paypal are matching donations, up to $7 Million Dollars! Plus, Facebook is waiving all normal fees associated with donating. Give to NAFC through our Facebook page and help us take advantage of this great opportunity to double our dollars!

  3. Start Your Own Fundraiser To Raise Money For NAFC On Facebook. We know it’s not always possible to give, but you can still make a difference by creating your own fundraiser for NAFC on Facebook. It’s easy!

  4. Make A Difference When You Shop For Holiday Gifts! Support our cause during the holiday season by shopping through AmazonSmile or GoodShop and selecting the National Association For Continence as your non-profit recipient. (Tip: You can do this all year long – not just during the holiday season!)

  5. Become A Professional Member Of NAFC If You’re A Healthcare Professional. Membership comes with great benefits including a new member kit, invitations to participate in round table discussions, opportunities to be featured on our blog or in our newsletter, and the knowledge that you are helping support an organization that is much needed by your patients. Learn more about membership and join us today!

  6. Buy Your Whole Office A Corporate Membership! Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your office? Become a Corporate Member of NAFC! Corporate members receive all the benefits of a normal membership, at a discounted rate. Learn more about our Corporate Membership offering here and sign up today!

We’re proud to support those with incontinence through education, community and advocacy.  We hope that this year you’ll include us in your giving plans so that we can continue our mission of helping everyone learn to live a Life Without Leaks!

Giving Tuesday Is November 27th, 2018! Make NAFC A Part Of Your Giving Plans!

Give To NAFC on Giving Tuesday, 2018!

Give To NAFC on Giving Tuesday, 2018!

Giving Tuesday is a time to take a break from all the excitement of the holidays and excess and focus on something that truly matters: giving back and helping those who need it. 

There are many worthy causes out there, but this year we hope you will consider making a donation to NAFC on Giving Tuesday. As you know, we’ve made it our mission to ensure that everyone living with incontinence has the tools and resources they need to overcome this condition – a condition that that can cause sadness, isolation, embarrassment and even depression.

There are 35 million Americans who live with a bladder or bowel condition. Help us continue to provide them with the education, community and tools they need to live a life without leaks.

 Ways you can give:

  • Make A Donation On Our Facebook Page!  On Giving Tuesday, PayPal is partnering with Facebook to match donations made through Facebook up to 7 Million dollars!!!  Plus, Facebook is waiving all their fees which makes it an ideal time to give.  Donate here:  www.facebook.com/BHealth.NAFC

  • Donate on our website!  You can easily make a donation right from www.NAFC.org/donate.   

  • Make a difference while you shop!  Bookmark this link and use it to shop with Amazon Smile.  Just select The National Association For Continence as your chosen charity and a portion of all your purchases will go to NAFC!

Please consider a gift to NAFC on Giving Tuesday. 35 million Americans are depending on it.  

Thank you,

The National Association For Continence

 

Demand To Be Dry: Why NAFC Is Fighting For Absorbency Standards Across The Country

Why NAFC Is Fighting For Absorbency Standards Across The Country

Why NAFC Is Fighting For Absorbency Standards Across The Country

While most people know NAFC as a provider of education and support to those who live with incontinence, did you also know that we work tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition, and to ensure that you have quality products to manage the condition?

For many years, NAFC has been on a mission to ensure that all adult absorbent products made in the US adhere to certain quality standards.

Why is this an issue?  

Simply put, not every absorbent product is equal. Some work better than others, and this can create several problems:

  • Cost to the Patient. Inferior absorbent products are simply not as absorbent, which can result in the need for frequent changes. If you’re constantly changing products, it’s going to cost you a lot more money. 
  • Skin Irritation. Inferior products don’t do as good of a job at keeping the skin dry. Left in a wet product for too long, skin can become damaged, irritated, or infected. This can lead to an increase in skin irritation or more serious conditions like UTI’s or skin dermatitis
  • Medicaid supported products. Those who rely on Medicaid to help pay for absorbent products are at a disadvantage too, since these decisions are typically based solely on price, resulting in the use of cheap and often lower quality products.
  • Confusing Choices. With so many products on the market, caregivers and patients have a hard time weeding through the good from the bad.

All of this can lead to a negative overall impact on the quality of life for users and their families. This is why NAFC is fighting to get every state to adopt a set of standards that absorbent manufactures must follow.

These recommended standards include the following:

  • Instill A Ceiling For Rewet Rate. Rewet rate is a measure of a product’s ability to withstand multiple incontinent episodes between changes. It is the ability of the product to prevent the skin from being “rewet” by bodily fluids and is essential in skin protection.
  • Evaluate Rate Of Absorption. This refers to the amount of time it takes for a product to absorb a given amount of fluid and is important in reducing the amount of time skin is exposed to moisture following an incontinent episode. The more skin is exposed to moisture, the greater chance it has of becoming irritated.
  • Set Limits on Retention Capacity. Retention capacity measures a product’s ability to hold fluid without leaking. This is important not only in preventing leaks (isn’t that why you use absorbents in the first place?) but also in protecting the skin from increased moisture.
  • Ensure That Sizing Options Are Available. Because fit is an important factor in reducing the chance for leaks, sizing options matter. NAFC recommends that each state ensure that there is a variety of sizing choices available for patients to choose from to ensure the best possible fit.
  • Account For Varying Levels Of Absorbency. Not everyone experiences the same amount of leakage, so multiple options should be available to patients. Choosing the right level of absorbency can help protect the skin, reduce product waste, and optimize cost.
  • Use Safe Materials. Believe it or not, not every manufacturer uses high quality products to create their absorbency products. As part of the NAFC initiative, we recommend that none of the components in an absorbent product, including additives, be listed in any federal regulatory agency as “unsafe”.
  • Include Closure Systems on Briefs and Protective Underwear. Closures help patients in a couple of different ways – it promotes a better fit, and also reduces waste by making it easier to check for wetness without having to throw out the product.
  • Build In “Breathable Zones”.  Ensuring that enough air is allowed to flow in and out of the product reduces heat and humidity within the absorbent product, making it more comfortable and safe for the skin.
  • Institute Good Elasticity In Products. Elasticity may not seem like a big deal, but it helps to provide a comfortable and snug fit when wearing briefs or protective underwear. This can be especially important to those who experience chronic, loose bowels or diarrhea.

Currently, only NAFC has published standards for disposable absorbent products and there are no national quality standards for adult disposable absorbent products. Without national standards, caregivers and providers of adult absorbent products are forced to make incontinence product purchasing decisions with limited knowledge or understanding of product efficacy. This creates added waste (in terms of product, and wasted dollars), and can create health issues for patients as well. NAFC is working to make it easier for states to adopt these standards, and we need your help.

What You Can Do.

Help NAFC fight for these national standards to ensure that everyone has access to high quality products.

  • Pledge your support.  Help to ensure that Medicaid recipients who rely on incontinence goods receive quality products that are appropriate for their specific condition!  Please sign the NAFC’s petition, urging your state to adopt and implement NAFC’s "Quality Performance Standards for Disposable Adult Absorbent Products".

To find your state's pledge of support, click here.

  • Make a donation.  NAFC and the Council for Quality Absorbent Products are fighting to ensure that national quality standards are in place for adult disposable absorbent products. Please donate now to help us ensure that every state adopts these national standards. 

For a historical overview of NAFC’s Standards initiative, please review the published journal article as well as original suggested test methods.  Please note that the test methodologies related to NAFC’s Performance Standards for Disposable Absorbent Products for Incontinence have since been defined, documented and published by INDA and appear in The Harmonized Test Methods of the Nonwovens and Related Industries, 2012 Edition, published by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and EDANA, International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries and The Harmonized Test Methods of the Nonwovens and Related Industries, 2015 Edition, published by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and EDANA, International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries. Click here for a list of current INDA test methods as related to NAFC’s Performance Standards for Disposable Absorbent Products for Incontinence.

Please Give To NAFC This Holiday Season

Dear Readers,

We’ve often quoted that incontinence affects over 37 million Americans.  And while this number may not mean all that much to you on it’s own, consider this:

Incontinence is more prevalent than diabetes and asthma combined. And while it may not be life-threatening, it certainly has a sever impact on those that it touches. The rate of incontinence isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon – with our ever-increasing population, and the aging baby-boomers, it is more important than ever to ensure Americans have the resources they need to help deal with conditions like incontinence.

NAFC typically does not receive all that many donations from patients. Though we touch over 1,000,000 on this website, few give to us. However, if today, everyone who visited our site donated just $5, we would reach our goal of raising $15,000 this season.

We know there are many causes that are worthy of your donations. But, this giving season we hope that you will consider donating to NAFC. Your support is vital to ensuring that our organization is able to continue helping those who struggle with incontinence. And, as a thank you for your gift, you'll receive a free eBook that serves as a step-by-step guide to managing your incontinence. 

DONATE

Thank you for your support,  

Steven G. Gregg, Ph.D,  Executive Director, NAFC