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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