Whether you are a professional or a family caregiver, taking care of someone with incontinence is a demanding job. From the physical tasks to the psychological nurturing, you will be pushed and pulled in a lot of different directions. Yet, your service is invaluable. Taking care of another person shows strength, compassion, and tremendous amounts of character.
As a caregiver, as well as for the care receiver, if you can make incontinence care as natural as possible you minimize stress on both of you. Below are a few tips provided by non-profits NAFC and Simon Foundation to help make caregiving a bit less stressful.
- Check with your loved one’s health care provider to get a physical examination to see if the cause is treatable then follow their advice.
- Always be prepared by packing a small bag with supplies.
- Help them pick out clothes that are easy to get on and off. Hygiene is important as it provides confidence and self-assurance for loved ones.
- Watch your loved one’s diet.
- Be empathetic.
- Adopt a matter-of-fact approach which will help overcome patient’s shyness or embarrassment.
- Try different products to find the best one that works.
- Accept help.
- Remember, you are not alone.