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Eight Tips for Managing Incontinence for Family and Friends

December 11, 2018

Eight Tips for Managing Incontinence for Family and Friends

Eight Tips for Managing Incontinence for Family and Friends

Incontinence affects approximately 25 million Americans; that means that most of us probably know someone who is currently suffering.  Living with this condition can be frustrating; it often seems to take control of the lives of those affected. Below we have shared eight tips so family and friends can help support their loved ones.

    1. Limit Certain Types of Beverages:  Alcohol and caffeine increase the production of urine, causing those who indulge to have to use the restroom more frequently (thus the potential for incontinence).  Avoiding or minimizing these types of liquids may decrease the chances of incontinence. (Find alternatives to a “coffee date” or “grabbing a glass of wine”.)
    2. Manage Liquid Intake: Drinking regularly throughout the day is healthy (not drinking does NOT mean your body will not produce urine; in fact incontinence and the urge to urinate may even be greater).  That said, if your friend or family member suffers from leakage at night, limit liquids after 4:00pm. (Plan to attend an evening movie together instead of a late night dinner.)
    3. Suggest Creating a Bathroom Schedule: Empty bladders cannot leak.  Those who suffer should plan to use the restroom BEFORE he or she actually feels the need.  For example, if your family member usually has to urinate every 3.5 hours; visit the restroom every three hours.  (Be patient and plan on that extra bathroom stop.)
    4. Reinforce the Need for an Emergency Plan: Let’s face it, accidents happen.  Support your friends by encouraging them to carry a change of underwear and clothing in case something happens.  Simply having an extra pair of pants can alleviate stress.
    5. Reinforce the Practice of Pelvic Floor Exercises:  Known as “kegels”, this exercise helps strengthen the pelvic floor.  By engaging in them, individuals build strength and lessen instances of leakage.
    6. Share the Benefit of Dark Clothing: Dark colored clothing, made of heavier material, is camouflaging and can provide the opportunity to hide an accident until a clothing change can be made.
    7. Help Identify Restroom Locations:  Always know the location of the nearest restroom.  This minimizes the searching time one needs in an emergency. (When visiting new places, make it a point to locate the restroom and share that information.)
    8. Advocate for Using Medical and Emotional Support Systems: While family and friends can be caring and understanding; support from others experiencing similar issues can be invaluable.  Visit the National Association for Continence (www.NAFC.org) for information and guidance.  Additionally, incontinence is a medical condition.  Those experiencing it should share their symptoms with their physician.  (Encourage your family and friends to visit their doctor for help in identifying the underlying cause of their issues.)

At LIQUAGUARD®  we are proud of the ongoing support we provide our clients who suffer from incontinence.  Our products are designed to help them manage this condition and lead a less stressful, worry-free life.  Please visit our website, www.liquaguard.com  or contact us directly at info@liquaguard.com or (888) 251-4378.






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