ARE YOU THE CAREGIVER?
It takes someone special to be a caregiver – someone caring, responsible, and selfless. Someone willing to take on the daily demands that caregiving can bring. We understand that this situation is challenging both physically and emotionally both for your loved one and for you. While there may be no limit to the care you want to give your loved one, it is important to look after yourself as well. If you don't take time out for yourself and look after your own needs, you will find that the job of caregiving becomes harder and more tiring and eventually the very person you are caring for will suffer too. Looking after you is all part of being a good caregiver. We salute you for your efforts and your dedication.
If you are caring for a loved one who suffers from incontinence, Woodbury can help make caregiving a little easier. Since 1980 we have supported and helped thousands of family members and caregivers reduce their stress, lessen the challenges and simplify the process of caring for loved ones who struggle with incontinence. Our expert advisors are always available to solve your problems, give advice, and share their learning from almost 35 years of specialized focus in this arena. You should feel confident to call us at (800) 777-1111.
SIGNS OF INCONTINENCE(Courtesy of Tena)
There are several signs of incontinence. Among the most common signs are:
SLIPPING & FALLING: AN IMPORTANT RISK NOT OFTEN CONSIDERED 1
The incidence of slips-and-falls caused by incontinence leakage is real, especially with a more aged population. The ramifications and complications from falls are dramatically increased with this group.
Urinary incontinence can contribute to fall risk in several ways:
Factors contributing to increased risk of falling include:
HOW TO TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT INCONTINENCE(Courtesy of Tena)
No one wants to be incontinent and this may be one of the most difficult discussions you have with a loved one. You may be the one who must start the conversation. It is important to be patient, sympathetic and informed.
At first your loved one may deny being incontinent and try to hide the fact. Stress the importance of honesty and willingness to seek help. You need to be supportive of the loved one's feelings and express your willingness to help.
You may want to introduce the fact of how common incontinence is today and how many people have successfully maintained and enjoyed their lifestyle while coping with incontinence.
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT COSTS?(Courtesy of Tena)
Cost-effective care isn't just about the price of a particular product; it means choosing the right size and absorbency and design of product for the individual you are caring for, and making sure it is put on correctly for their comfort and security so you and your loved one are emotionally, physically and economically better off.
The most important part of good incontinence care is to ensure both the physical and emotional comfort of your loved one. The key to this is using the products that provide maximum care and prevent the negative side effects that incontinence can cause. Things like leaks, slips and falls, waking to a damp mattress or skin irritation have physical, emotional and economic consequences.
You can't put a price on the care you give your loved one, but you can make choices about incontinence care that impact both the quality and the economics of that care.
Because we have evaluated virtually every incontinence product in the market almost 35 years, we have found over and over that our clients that use quality products that fit properly:
Contact an expert Woodbury Personal Advisor at (800) 777-1111
ADDITIONAL CAREGIVER RESOURCES
Other resources that may be helpful (citations courtesy of Attends):
Alliance for Aging Research Alzheimer's Association American Self-Help Clearinghouse The Caregiver Partnership Exceptional Parent Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)1 http://www.seekwellness.com/incontinence/fall_risk.htm