3 Caregiving Tips for Incontinence

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Caring for someone with incontinence is a sensitive task. Having the right attitude and hygiene regimen may help prevent more serious problems.

Caregiving is tough. Not only are there larger medical care concerns to worry about, but there are small day-to-day things that need to be taken care of. When a care receiver is struggling with incontinence, this can be a difficult issue. Here are some tips on caring for this sensitive problem.

1. Having empathy

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s always important to remember the emotional side. Good care is all about communication. Maintain a good bedside manner by keeping your conversation light and natural. Take a matter-of-fact attitude to help minimize feelings of embarrassment.

2. Knowing the health risks

It’s important to be aware that incontinence can cause additional health problems, too, like dermatitis. Incontinence-associated dermatitis is a painful red inflammation of the skin surrounding areas of incontinence. Not only can IAD cause additional discomfort to someone who’s already in a painful situation, it can lead to more serious problems, like pressure injury, or bedsores.1

One study found that incontinence increased the risk of developing a pressure injury by 22 times. When incontinence was combined with immobility, there was a 37.5 times greater risk.2 Staying on top of the smaller problems can prevent more serious health impacts down the line that can be painful, time-consuming and expensive to treat.

3. Being prepared

Having the right materials on hand at all times is crucial. Simply cleaning and moisturizing skin after an incontinent episode may not be enough to address many serious skin issues. Exposure to moisture can lead to IAD and painful skin breakdown, so applying a barrier is crucial.

To help treat incontinence episodes, Comfort Shield Barrier Cream Cloths from Sage Products may be used to clean, treat, and protect the skin. This can help keep your care regimen organized and help you follow medical guidelines, such as those issued by the institute for Healthcare Improvement, recommending the use of a pre-moistened, disposable barrier wipe to help clean, moisturize and deodorize the skin to help protect against IAD.3

  1. Gray M, et al., J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. Jan-Feb 2007
  2. Maklebust J, Magnan MA, Adv Wound Care. Nov 1994
  3. Protecting 5 Million Lives from Harm Campaign, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dec 2006.

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