How To Handle Awkward Incontinence Incidents

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With the number of humiliating situations it can cause, the word ‘incontinence' is practically synonymous with the word embarrassment.

Here are three awkward incontinence incidents and how to handle them:

  1. Bedwetting- Wetting the bed is a common problem for people with urinary incontinence. Investing in a waterproof or absorbent mattress or sheet cover will make cleaning up after an incident faster and more efficient.
  2. Public Leakage- Accidents happen. Even if a person is wearing an adult diaper, their clothing may still get wet. If you plan on venturing out in public with an elder who is incontinent, make sure that you bring a change of clothes for them. If you don't want to carry around a bulky bag of clothes, often just a fresh pair of pants and underwear will suffice.
  3. Changing an Adult Diaper in a Public Bathroom- If you are taking an elderly person for a long car ride or on an extended day trip you may be faced with the task of changing an adult diaper in a public bathroom. The first thing you want to do is secure the handicapped stall or family bathroom. This will give you the maximum amount of room and privacy. The majority of bathrooms do not have changing tables large enough for an adult, so you may have to lay an elderly person down on the floor to change them. If you have to do this, make sure you have a large towel or blanket to place on the floor underneath them. You can also experiment with removable diaper liners to avoid a complete change. These can be easily removed as they become soiled and do not require the total removal of the diaper.
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Good heavens, laying an adult on the floor? You'd never get them up! Who writes these things anyway?
Thanks PD for confirming my astonishment on this one....problem is, I have a father and I would go into the family restroom and hopefully there is one! If not...hmmm.
OMG really? Lay my Mom on a filthy public restroom floor? I would no more do that than lay my child - or myself - on one. Who writes this stuff????

If Mom or dad is able to lay down on a hard bathrrom floor - and then get up from their - they are certainly able to sit on a toilet!
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If there is a 'little' accident, and you'll be home shortly, tie a sweater or jacket around their bum - It's fashionable, expedient, and one should always have a sweter or jacket along anyway with the elderly when going out - some places are simply too cold.