Andrea Lord of the New Zealand Continence Association talks on a range of topics relating to bowel and bladder incontinence.
The series covers assessment, choosing products, managing bowel continence at home, skin care, preventing infections, managing urodomes and catheters, and continence issues for people suffering from Alzheimers or Dementia.
Managing continence at home is easier if you use the right bedding.
Changing a wet bed in the middle of the night can almost be the last straw. Fortunately, there are many bedding products to help you manage continence problems, tummy bugs, sweat, spilt drinks, and other catastrophes.
The best option is an absorbent bed pad and a waterproof mattress protector. Additional options are waterproof pillow and duvet protectors and some form of floor protection, as spills can spread a long way.
It's not always easy, but persevering to help your disabled child self-manage in the loo is a lifetime gift.
By Louise Inglis
A holiday wish
Managing one’s own toileting is a life skill most of us take for granted. Our youngest son Kevin, now eight and a half years old, is profoundly affected by autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy. He is completely nonverbal. I desperately want him to have the dignity of caring for his own toileting needs. Join me as I share with you our toilet training journey.
This article is a great place to start if you're managing your own or someone else’s continence needs at home. It explains the basics including causes, treatments, continence assessments, tips for managing bowel and bladder issues at home and where to go for help.
Incontinence is a loss of bladder or bowel control that may result in involuntary leakage of urine or faeces. Urgency (needing to get the toilet in a hurry) and frequency (wanting to go to the toilet often) are also common bladder control problems, though they are not necessarily associated with leakage.
If you or someone you support needs a handy or accessible bathroom while you're out and about, it pays to know where to go! When planning a trip, have a look at the national Toilet Map website, so you can plot your stops in advance.