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Emotional and Physical Challenges of Carers Dealing with Incontinence

Posted Nov 10 2009 10:00pm

Looking after a patient with incontinence can have a significant emotional impact in on caregiver’s life, taking care of loved ones with incontinence is a strenuous job, 70% of caregivers are uncertain how to help make the situation better and in some cases, they find it even harder to talk about it.

According to survey released by, the American equivalent to carers UK, in association with SCA and the makers of TENA Incontinence Products. The survey reveals that one in three carers prefer to avoid the conversation altogether.

The study found that incontinence can have a negative effect on a caregiver’s emotional wellbeing and influence home care and nursing decisions:

– 42% report dealing with their loved one’s incontinence sometimes leads to depression;

– 32% find it emotionally difficult to change their loved one’s incontinence products;

– 27% report incontinence has a negative impact on the relationship they have with their loved one;

– 31% are unable to go on holiday because of their loved one’ incontinence issues, and

– 18% have considered moving, or have moved their parent to a care facility or nursing home because of incontinence.

Despite the fact that this article reflects the problems faced by American carers, the aim of this article is to show UK carers that they are not alone and it is not un-natural to feel one or some of the above, other carers around the globe are facing the same problems when taking care of loved ones with incontinence.

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