Managing every day life when you or the person you are caring for is affected by incontinence can be challenging, but with forward planning (and a little bit of trial and error), most people find a routine that allows them to live their life to the fullest.
If you have just been diagnosed with incontinence, you're probably feeling anxious and overwhelmed about how to manage those occassional accidents. The Continence Foundation of Australia recommends working with a continence health professional to explore different options to suit your needs, and come up with a tailored plan that supports your lifestyle.
Finding a routine can often take time, and involve a lot of trial and error, which may make you feel frustrated at times, but it is important to persist, as advances in new treatments and products mean that there are many options available to you.
When planning for every day life with incontinence it may be worth considering the following scenarios / situations:
How you plan for each of these scenarios / situations may be different, but some simple strategies to consider include:
For a confidential discussion with a continence nurse advisor, including tips for everyday living, or the details of local continence health professional or continence product supplier, contact the National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66.
If you are caring for someone with bladder or bowel problems, practical tips and advice are available to assist you with your care. Read more on caring with someone with incontinence.