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Talking To Someone About Incontinence

by Kunal Joshi content writing

You can hardly ignore incontinence in a close family member or relative for, one has to face that it also brings with it the mess, the odour, and the cleanup. However, since the loss of bodily control is usually associated with complicated emotions, this issue is often treated in a hush-hush manner. Due to feelings of embarrassment and frustration, the person may go through a phase of denial. Top it all, the awkwardness around harping on this topic, since urination and elimination are intensely personal topics, can make the person feel all the more helpless. As a caregiver, you need to keep in mind that the first step to talking about incontinence is careful thinking:

  1. Figure out who should approach the conversation: if you share a close relationship with the person concerned, or are the one who already takes care of doctor visits, probably you would be the right pick. However, you should also take into consideration if the person might be more comfortable talking about intimate issues with another person.

  2. Take into account the person’s conflict style: we all have different responses to situations involving negotiation. Try to picture the person’s reaction and operate accoridngly. To provide an example, if the person is more likely to react to your suggestions with anger, because he/she feels that you are being controlling, be extra cautious about not getting angry yourself, since that would mar the purpose of the conversation.

  3. Choose a pleasant time: try to pick a time when the person is engaged in something they enjoy, be it any hobby, or activities such as walking or driving. This will help them in opening up.

  4. Practise the tone of your voice: the tone of your voice should be casual, empathetic, and matter-of-fact. Do not feel that you will end up shaming them by broaching this topic; on the contrary, maintain a straightforward approach in order to have a constructive conversation. Your discomfort will only end up making the other person feel more uncomfortable.

The health care industry of contemporary times thankfully offers a host of incontinence products, with the choices only rising. A number of brands offer a wide range of adult incontinence diapers, with great absorbency. They have facilitated a vast range of people coping with hesitation of appearing in social groups as well as workplaces, thanks to the stigma associated with incontinence. The person concerned will not have to stay confined to home, but can travel, stay overnight anywhere, and also have sound sleep. The bed will remain dry and clean, thanks to these elderly diapers, and thus you can bid adieu to embarrassing situations. 


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Created on Oct 22nd 2019 02:13. Viewed 175 times.

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