Choose the right product
Switching to products that incontinence sufferers are able to put on by themselves could give sufferers more control and ease the caregiver’s load.
Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to make their products more effective for those who have incontinence – and more practical, cost-effective and easy for caregivers to use. Using the right product can lead to less frequent changes and fewer products used.
Ask for help
You don’t have to do everything yourself, and you need some time off to ensure you don’t burn out. Family members could help with basic household chores – try drawing up a simple roster with a list of tasks. The help doesn’t need to be directly related to the person you’re caring for: it could cover simple tasks like grocery shopping, cleaning the house or mowing the lawn.
Share your experience
Remember that there are highs and lows in caring for a loved one with incontinence. Sharing your experiences – good and bad – will help and encourage others in a similar situation, and enable you to retain a sense of balance.
The person you are caring for may become frustrated with themselves and take it out on you. If that happens, remember that it’s not about you at all – they are in a very difficult and challenging situation.
Take care of yourself
Put your own health first, because you can’t take care of someone else if you’re not in good health yourself. Eat regular, healthy meals, take time to exercise and make sure you get enough sleep.
Join or start a support group
Get in touch with other caregivers. You need support – and you need it from people who know exactly what you are going through. In addition, you can share ideas and advice, and help each other with the practicalities of caregiving.
Get the right advice
Ask a clinic nurse for help with finding the most suitable product. Tena has trained the sisters at Dis-Chem and PnP Pharmacies to give you the right advice. The full range of Tena products for light and heavy bladder weakness is available at leading retailers. For advice on choosing the right product call 0860 673 377. For more information or to order a free sample, visit www.tena.co.za. To purchase Tena products online, visit www.tenashop.co.za.