What can you do to provide the best care?
Some practical tips for working with incontinent loved ones
We hope this resource can help you with caring for loved ones needing incontience care. Here you can find advice on how to approach the topic of incontinence with those you're caring for, guidelines on how to assess and treat their needs, tips and ideas on how to get the best routines in their daily life, and a resource of useful articles.
At home, TENA can be a good resource for tips and suggestions. Click to find out about 7 Tips to care for those who are incontinent.
Incontinence can be a difficult subject for anyone, not just those we're unfamiliar with. Here are some tips on how to handle it.
Some tips for incontinence care based on our experience
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How to tackle a tricky subject
Incontinence can be a difficult subject for all of us. Here are some tips on how to handle it.
Incontinence is not only uncomfortable to discuss and is often fells like it's signaling something dire. The associations of shame and guilt mean many can deny their situation in the hopes of sparing adding another level of need to someone already receiving care. You might feel it is too difficult a subject to tackle head-on.
But you can help them a great deal by removing the stigma of embarassment, making them feel less awkward and more ready to accept their situation. Here are some pointers:
Make it a routine issue
Treat incontinence as just another part of your discussion about the level of comfort you're providing them. There’s no reason to treat it in a special way – because bladder control problems are common and treatment is often available.
Keep talking about it
Bring up the subject regularly with your loved one. Incontinence can affect people of all ages, not just the frail elderly. Prostate conditions, pregnancy and menopause can all bring bladder weakness issues.
The condition is often treatable, but too many men and women believe it’s a natural sign of aging or simply can’t be cured. By telling them that the majority of incontinence cases can be significantly improved, it is far easier for them to face their condition and start discussing treatment.
It’s important to address the subject and start modifying routines as early as possible. All too often, hiding a condition can leave someone vulnerable to skin issues in an intimate area that can lead to some very uncomfortable conditions needing immediate treatment. We've put together some information on how TENA can help Managing care for perineal skin. By talking about it early and offering hope for the future through effective management, you can help drastically improve their comfort.
See the warning signs
Tell loved ones such as men with prostate problems, young mothers and menopausal women that incontinence might occur. Similarly, those with mobility difficulties can experience incontinence problems that can often be helped by making access to the bathroom easier. In any cases, an honest conversation about their level of leakage will go a long way to understanding their situation and adjusting routines.
Practical Incontinence Care and Support
Continence care is critical to maintaining a loved one's well-being. As such, it is one of the most important tasks you can add to your routine. But it is also one of the most time consuming and often one of the most physically demanding. With the right care, incontinence can be better managed so the loved ones have more comfort, dignity and independence.
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