Caring for the Incontinent
Every caregiving situation is unique and every individual has different care needs. Providing sensitive assistance gives your loved one their sense of self, which is so important for maintaining self esteem.
Handling daily needs
Here are some quick tips to make life easier. The focus is on personal hygiene, mealtime, proper transferring and encouraging self-care.
Just as you are adjusting to the caregiver role, it is also difficult to make the adjustment to being the person requiring care. Basic functions such as taking a bath, eating, and toileting used to be so easy, but now need someone else’s help. You can smooth the transition. Help the person feel that their life has importance. Give them a chance to talk about their feelings and encourage involvement in meaningful activities. It is not always easy, but try to be patient when helping your loved one with daily needs. Mutual respect will help you gain or maintain a positive relationship.
For more information, download our Carer’s Kit.