Tips to reduce the stress of incontinence caregiving

If you care for someone with incontinence, you may find it stressful or frustrating. You are not alone--in fact, many caregivers share your feelings. Incontinence can be a source of stress and embarrassment for the person receiving care as well.

Incontinence

If you care for someone with incontinence, you may find it stressful or frustrating. You are not alone--in fact, many caregivers share your feelings. Incontinence can be a source of stress and embarrassment for the person receiving care as well.  


To address the stress of this condition:
  • Do not suffer alone. Make sure the care team is aware of this right away. 
  • Keep hygiene items close by, or in areas where they are most likely to be needed, to avoid the additional pressure or stress of going and getting them. 
  • Consider using covers on chairs and beds to make clean up easier. Be sure to change these frequently as well and check to make sure they aren’t causing skin irritation.
  • Seek out support groups to discuss the emotions that come up during caregiving
  • Ask for help from another caregiver or consider respite caregivers so that you can have a break.


And lastly, be sure to let your care team know about incontinence as it may be a sign of a new or worsening condition, some of which can be very serious.  Sometimes treatment can alleviate or improve incontinence.

Sources:

Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults | American Journal of Nursing

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing NYU Family Caregiving

Video Gallery : AJN The American Journal of Nursing

Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults | American Journal of Nursing

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing NYU Family Caregiving

Video Gallery : AJN The American Journal of Nursing

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