According to the NHS, one in four people experience bladder control problems at some point in their lives, so it’s only natural that continence care forms part of the daily routine for most carers.
Whilst providing proper care for incontinence is essential, it can also be very time-consuming, leaving carers with little time to address an individual’s other needs.
Small improvements such as having the right products available can help reduce the amount of time spent on managing incontinence, so you can spend more quality time supporting the physical and emotional wellbeing of those in your care.
To help you get started, we’ve put together our top five tips for providing efficient and compassionate continence care.
It’s not always easy to find time to assess a person’s individual needs, but person-centred continence care could save you time in the long run. The idea of a person-centred approach is to develop a complete understanding of the individual you care for, as well as what causes their incontinence. By getting to grips with the route cause, you may be able to find ways to reduce the problems they experience. For more information, take a look at our blog post on person-centred continence care.
One of the most effective ways to save time on continence care is to make sure the incontinence products you use are properly suited to the unique needs of each individual. You’ll need to consider a range of factors, including whether they need incontinence pads or pants, which size would be best for them, and what absorbency level is required. Finding the best products for their needs could involve some trial and error, but it’s certainly worth it, as getting this right can help keep accidental leaks and the number of changes required to a minimum.
If the person you care for experiences incontinence at night, bed pads could be a great option. Since they minimise the amount of leakage onto the bed itself, they can help to reduce the amount of time you spend on changing and laundering bedding. A variety of specialist incontinence bedding is available, including washable and disposable options, so you can find the solution which is most effective for you.
When using disposable incontinence products, time is often wasted on making frequent trips to outside bins. A simple and affordable solution is to use a sangenic bin. These specialist bins allow you to conveniently dispose of incontinence products indoors, whilst maintaining hygiene and keeping odour to a minimum.
These days, lack of sufficient funding can often mean that the individuals you care for, and their families, must pay for their own incontinence products. For home carers in particular, this can become difficult to manage, as every individual you care for can be using different products, some of which you’ve never come across before.
Changing incontinence pads and pants is always easier when the products are familiar and you’ve had the training required to use them. To save time and help you provide the best care in the long run, it’s worth speaking to those responsible for purchasing the incontinence products, to recommend the products you feel would be best. You could also point family members towards our recent post on choosing incontinence products for a relative.
We hope you’ve found our continence care tips useful. At Care Shop, we provide a wide range of products to help with managing incontinence, including washable and disposable pants and pads, odour control solutions and even specialist incontinence skin care, so you can find everything you need to provide the very best care for every individual.