Dianna Malkowski
Physician Assistant
The embarrassment attached to incontinence leads many individuals to stop being social as they worry about having an episode in public. With incontinence it is common for it to strike at any time and without warning. These products will allow you to maintain your dignity and to enjoy going out in public once again as you have protection from urine loss that may occur for no reason.

Caregivers often become frustrated with their elderly loved ones that suffer from incontinence as they do not understand why they are unable to make it to the bathroom on time. Toileting a senior can be challenging and incredibly frustrating. If your loved one is aware of their incontinence problem you can make toileting easier for them by setting a timer to remind them to go to the bathroom. Getting them to frequently release their bowels can make it easier to reduce their incontinent episodes. You may also try setting up a small potty in their bedroom to use at nighttime if they are unable to make it to the bathroom in time. Make a clear path to the bathroom so they don’t trip and fall on their way and be sure to include lights and other things that will make it easier for them to find the restroom.

Incontinence is embarrassing to many people and it is a condition that not too many people really want to talk about. Here you will be able to find useful information on how to manage incontinence but also great information on how to help a loved one that may be suffering from incontinence.

Studies show that toileting a loved one that has incontinence will take a huge stress burden on the caregiver. It is the number one reason why individuals choose to place their loved ones into nursing homes or senior care facilities as they are unable to deal with the issues related to incontinence and just cannot deal with the frustration that it can cause them.

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One of the best things you can do is to meet with a doctor to talk about your loved ones struggle with incontinence. You need to find out what may be causing them to have incontinence problems. In some cases your loved one could have a serious medical condition like an enlarged prostate or diabetes. Meeting with a doctor is a good way to find out what type of treatments are available and also to help you understand how to provide the best care to your loved one that is suffering from incontinence. The doctor may have great suggestions on how to help with toileting so you are not as stressed about it and they can also make your loved one feel comfortable talking about their condition with you.

Toileting is one of the most frustrating aspects of being a caregiver. Since it is challenging for you to deal with, you need to remember to take time out for yourself. You want to give your loved one the best care you possibly can but this can be impossible to do if you are always on edge and stressed out because you aren’t getting enough rest or having some “me” time.

To help with toileting your elderly loved one purchase some additional incontinence products that can make it easier for them to use the toilet. Using a raised toilet seat is a great option. You might also consider installing some safety bars in the bathroom so you do not need to be in charge of lifting them off the toilet seat all the time. Try to help your loved one become as self-reliant as possible. This will restore their confidence and will make them feel better as they won’t feel like they are a burden to you.

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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.


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