Difficult Conversations: How to Talk to Someone About Incontinence

Talking about Incontinence
Caregivers often have the responsibility of telling their loved ones uncomfortable information and having the conversation about adult diapers can be one of the things that you dread. A loved one that suffers from incontinence will need incontinence supplies in order to help them maintain their dignity and it helps caregivers to manage their condition effectively. Without using incontinence products your loved one may end up dealing with the embarrassment of incontinence but also other issues as well like urinary tract infections and skin rashes. It is important to teach them about incontinence products and how helpful they can be.

How do you have the conversation about incontinence with your loved one?  It is important to approach them gently and you need to make sure you are very empathetic to their needs. This is a very embarrassing condition for them and it’s hard to talk about. Most elderly individuals do not want to talk about it because it is not only embarrassing for them but it is a very frustrating condition as well. If you do not approach your loved one correctly about urinary incontinence they may become hostile to you and may be awkward about the subject. To help you with your conversation it is a wise idea to come to the conversation with some product samples: http://caregiverpartnership.com/landing/samples/. Having some incontinence products for them to try may make it easier for your loved one to understand how convenient and easy these products are to use.

There are different incontinence products for men than there are incontinence products for women. Buying the right products will help you to manage the condition properly as having the right fit for adult diapers prevent odors, leaks, and can also help your loved one to maintain their dignity once again. Others will not be able to know that they are even wearing adult diapers as the new products do not make that plastic sound as the older products that were a one size fits all adult diaper. Purchasing the right urinary incontinence products will make the transition to adult diapers and this phase in life much easier.

Many caregivers find that it is hard to talk to their loved ones about incontinence and the best way to do so is by taking them to their doctor. The doctor can help them to understand the importance of properly managing urinary incontinence. They may also help you to understand incontinence better so you know how to offer them better care: http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/landing/incontinence/. There may be other helpful things you can do or the doctor can do to aid in helping with incontinence. Having an evaluation will rule out other concerns that need to be discussed such as weak pelvic floor muscles. The doctor will also be able to help you loved one learn about things that can make incontinence worse like drinking sodas or eating things that end up irritating the bladder and can make managing incontinence harder.

In some cases incontinence pads may fit your loved ones situation better than adult diapers. The adult pads can be work with traditional underwear and can be changed out easily. You may also consider using incontinence underwear that is washable but will also allow for the incontinence pads to be placed inside. This helps to provide better protection and the underwear is very comfortable and feels just like their normal underwear so they will not feel as awkward about wearing them.

Be gentle when you approach your loved one with incontinence products. Having empathy to their needs and situation will make it much easier for you to have the conversation and to come up with a solution that will benefit you both. To learn more about incontinence and how to shop for quality incontinence products visit: http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/incontinence-product-finder/.

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 http://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.


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