If you a carer looking after someone with incontinence, it can have its challenges. Keeping this in mind we have developed continence care tips to help you look after those with urinary incontinence.
1. Make sure that the person requiring care has a healthy lifestyle
Nutrition is vital factor for your overall health. Quitting smoking reduces greatly your chances of developing cancers. We also recommend drinking plenty of water and cut down on alcohol and caffeine, which decrease the bladders capacity. Visit a Physiotherapist who can demonstrate the correct pelvic floor exercises.
2. Choose the right products for your continence care
Using the correct incontinence aids will help lessen the clean-up required when giving incontinence care. If the person is incontinent they should not use feminine hygiene products as they do not have the absorbent capacity for the amount of fluid that they need to absorb. Ensure you use specifically designed incontinence aids, for night-time we recommend a product that has maximum absorption and is also breathable. This will help the user get a sound night’s sleep.
There are many choices when it comes to incontinence products selection and it can be confusing. If you require any support or help choosing the correct iD product contact us on 1300 788 872 or go to our website www.ontexhealthcare.com.au
3. Look after your own wellbeing as a carer
As a carer, it is vital you take care of your own wellbeing. Your role is demanding providing continence care, especially if you are caring for loved ones. Take time to distress, eat a healthy balanced diet and seek out support groups for carers.
4. Practice safe hygiene
Wear personal protective equipment this includes gloves. Gloves should be worn when dealing with used incontinence aids and practice the five moments of hand hygiene. This is especially important today with the Covid pandemic. Please ensure you dispose of the incontinence aids and gloves appropriately (in sanitary bins, do not flush them down the toilet).
5. Continence Care – Help is at hand
It is not unusual for people to be resistant to receiving help about their incontinence issues. People with incontinence can feel embarrassed so it is important be mindful of this. Ensure they are using the correct product for their needs. iD have a range of products suitable for all level of incontinence from light to heavy which are all dermatologically tested. Click here to view the iD full range and enhance the continence care for your patient.
iD also provides free samples which can be delivered to you in discreet packaging to your home or clinic. Click here to order free online samples. Carers or Health Care Professionals can order on behalf of their clients.