How to provide emotional support to someone with incontinence

No one wants to experience incontinence or have to deal with the effects of it. Before approaching anyone about incontinence, consider how you would want to be approached.

Incontinence

Compassion is key

  • No one wants to experience incontinence or have to deal with the effects of it. Before approaching anyone about incontinence, consider how you would want to be approached. 

The “Why”... perspective.

  • Remember that what you are doing is to benefit the long term wellness of yourself or the person you help. Changing clothing and helping someone stay dry has many short and long term benefits. 
  • Maintaining open, honest communication can help to avoid problems in the short and long term. 

Communicate expectations

  • Ensure everyone has the same expectations before giving care. This can help to prevent falls, skin problems, and infection among others. 

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