Handling a Loved One’s Incontinence: 3 Tips for Caregivers
Follow these easy steps for caring for your loved one and the skin they’re in.
If you’ve found yourself in the role of caregiver, it’s totally normal to feel a bit overwhelmed. You want to make sure you’re doing the best you can for your loved one, while also juggling your own needs. But you know what doesn’t have to be a struggle? Incontinence. Follow these steps and make handling incontinence just another part of life.
Step 1: Choose easy-to-change absorbent products.
No one wants to sit in wet underthings, which makes stretchy, breathable briefs with leak protection an absolute must-have. It’s also key to choose a style that’s easy to remove, whether that means comfy pull-up underwear or a stay-in-place fit with tabs. For nighttime, look for products with extra protection to keep your loved one dry and odour-free all night long. There are disposable products specifically design for nighttime use which offer a higher level of absorption and a fit that help ensure your loved one won’t have leaks during sleep.
Step 2: Make clean-up quick and simple.
Incontinence may cause skin irritation and chafing, but having a good care routine will help. That said, cleansers that contain alcohol or harsh disinfectants can lead to soreness and even rashes, while washing with water multiple times a day can cause the skin to dry out. A gentle cleansing cream is a great solution for daily cleaning because there’s no rinsing necessary. Pre-moistened cleansing wipes with soothing ingredients like aloe and chamomile are also great on the go. The result? A fresh feeling whether your loved one is out for a stroll, playing with their grandkids or reading a book in their favourite armchair.
Step 3: Protect delicate skin for comfort all day and night.
There’s another comfort component for delicate skin: barrier cream. Applying a protective, fragrance-free cream that absorbs easily can add a layer to skin that safeguards it against moisture, especially if garments can’t be changed immediately every time.
Being a caregiver isn’t easy, but the right tools used at the right time can make everything a little less complicated. For more information about TENA’s range of intimate products including absorbent briefs, cleansing cream, wipes and barrier cream (plus plenty of tips for caregivers!), visit tenacaregiver.ca.