Urinary incontinence is a challenge for many, but can become a struggle for those who act as carers for people with incontinence.
Are you struggling to cope looking after someone with urinary and/or faecal incontinence? Do the pads leak at all? Is their skin sore?
If you are in the following areas in Johannesburg – Sandton (including Rivonia, Morningside, Gallo Manor, Sunninghill and Bryanston), Fourways, Randburg or Rosebank - a personalised home visit from our TENA Nurse Advisor (at no cost to yourself) may help identify “easy to solve” problems.
She may also be able to advise on any incontinence related skin care issues and will provide free samples for you to try.
If the individual is currently using more than 3 incontinence products in 24 hours and you feel they could benefit from advice and support, then please email Sebrena Sodalay.
Home visits will be conducted on Friday, 26 August, Monday, 29 August, Tuesday, 30 August and Thursday, 01 September.
Booking is essential to secure an appointment. Caring for someone with incontinence can be difficult and fraught with emotions. Many carers find their own health suffers as a result of having to lift and change their loved ones, or that their own activities are curtailed because they need to be there to assist.
Aware of these and other challenges, TENA has compiled six strategies to help:
1. Remember that choosing the right product is important, because there are products – like TENA Flex or TENA Lady Pants - that incontinence sufferers can put on themselves. This gives them more control of their life, increases their dignity and makes life easier for you.
Using the right product can mean fewer changes and less products used.
2. When choosing incontinence products, remember that the cheapest brand may not be the most economical – one caregiver of a stroke patient saved R5 000 a month, because at the outset, their loved one was bedridden and needed a night nurse.
With rehab and reassessing the incontinence needs, they no longer need a night nurse and changed from using TENA Slip to TENA Flex.
3. Ask for help! Other family members could help with household chores and so doesn’t need to be directly related to the person you’re caring for. It could be grocery shopping, cleaning the house or mowing the lawn.
4. The person you are caring for may become frustrated with themselves and take it out on you. If you can, remember their anger is not directed at you; they are in a very difficult, challenging place.
5. Look after yourself because you can’t take care of someone else if you’re not in good health yourself. Eat regularly and healthily, take some time to exercise, and get enough sleep.
6. Get in touch with other caregivers, because even if there are no formal support groups, you do need support – and you need it from people who know exactly what you are going through. In addition, you can share ideas and advice from your own experience, and help each other with the practicalities of caregiving.
For further information visit TENA.