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The Inconvenience of Incontinence
By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer
Wear loose or pull-on clothing for
easier wear and removal.
Pack a car bag with absorbent underwear/pads, hand
wipes, extra clothing, and disposable bags.
Increase bathroom accessibility with a bedside commode
and have a plan for bathroom visits while away from
Void urine every two hours and try to maintain this
routine throughout the day.
Keep skin clean and dry to avoid skin breakdowns and
Maintain privacy and dignity during caregiving. Show
patience and offer support when accidents do occur.
Consider hiring help at home to ease the stress of daily
caregiving and to focus on your own needs for rest and
Physicians and other health care professionals are great
resources for information about incontinent care.
Disease-specific support groups are also excellent
places to obtain useful information and receive mutual
understanding. Thanks to the Internet, there are now
opportunities for education and research as well as
numerous resources available to caregivers at the touch
of a button. Experts can answer questions and caregivers
can find support in online chat rooms.
Web sites to consider are:
Caregiver Support at www.caregiver.com
National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org
National Association for Continence at nafc.org
Yes, incontinence is inconvenient, yet support and
treatments are readily available. Today, more than ever,
society openly recognizes this personal challenge and
even the media addresses the issue of “human plumbing”
problems. It is a fact of life and does not have to lead
to feelings of shame and embarrassment. Managing bladder
health issues is possible and staying at home no longer
has to be the solution.