Functional incontinence occurs not from bladder problems, but rather from the physical problems of getting to the toilet in time. Functional incontinence is therefore more a condition of circumstance than a problem with the bladder. It occurs when someone has difficulty in reaching the toilet or being able to remove clothing or transfer from a mobility device in a timely manner.
While functional incontinence occurs mainly in people who have mobility impairments, it can also be compounded when the restrooms aren’t disability friendly or accessible.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect against Functional Incontinence that can mean the difference between having accidents and staying dry.
There are many possible causes of Functional Incontinence, the most commonly reported problems are that a person:
Some causes of Functional Incontinence include:
Functional incontinence is best treated by first addressing the conditions that have contributed to the problem, to see if there are any modifications that can be made. Look within your environment - ask yourself if you can improve accessibility to the bathroom. The second option is to plan toilet breaks according to your usual bladder and bowel patterns. If you know you or the person you are caring for opens their bowel just after breakfast or urinates 30-minutes after lunch or dinner, you can then plan just beforehand to go to the toilet.
If you suffer from a medical condition that is causing Functional Incontinence, speak to your GP or specialist about possible treatments that may improve or restore your ability, to give you more timely access to the bathroom.
The key of course, is preventing episodes of Functional Incontinence occurring in the first place. Here are a few management techniques and tips to help you reduce the risk and perhaps avoid accidents both at home and when you’re out.
Also consider these handy tips that could further help prevent Functional Incontinence
Depend® has a range of incontinence aids for both men and women specifically designed to absorb bladder leakage and give you confidence when out or when you’re with family and friends.