It is very gratifying to take care of a loved one, but when this loved one is experiencing incontinence, life changes and it can become more demanding and stressful. It can be extremely difficult for the person with incontinence to accept his or her situation since this can greatly affect how they perceive themselves. Providing the best care to an incontinent person requires a lot of responsibility and understanding. There will be moments when frustration and despair might arise. But there are many things to follow that are both doable and effective, in order to improve the quality of life for both: the incontinent loved one and the caregiver.
Fundamental rules to keep in mind are:
- Relatives or people who are responsible of taking good care of those experiencing this condition, can greatly help them to counteract negative emotions like shame and depression. This can be done by being empathetic and providing encouraging words that will make the loved one feel supported and loved, regardless of the situation they are going through.
Help your loved ones recover their confidence. This condition can seriously affect the general well-being of those living with incontinence. Most times, these people cannot even perform regular physical activities or spend quality time with their families. Incontinence has a great impact even on normal daily activities and many sufferers tend to develop fear of going out of the house. The caregiver can significantly change the way they feel by walking together to different places, so they can feel that they are not alone in this situation. Gradually, they will start to feel secure and eventually going outside will become more bearable and less frustrating.
Being patient and understanding plays a fundamental part during this difficult phase in their lives. Time will certainly help sufferers regain confidence and feel less afraid and insecure. The caregiver’s appropriate way of handling this situation will transmit confidence and assurance to them. Even though it might take a long time for them to feel fully confident, it is not entirely impossible. And, with love and patience, positive results can be obtained.
If these measures are applied, incontinence sufferers and caregivers can improve their quality of life and feel much better, both emotionally and physically.