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18 Fearless Years


Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefBoard of Directors’ Meeting: Incontinence

As Thanksgiving approaches, it is time to embark on the third in the series of Caregiver Board of Directors’ Communiques. Please pay attention. This is a vitally important topic, yet it can be kind of a delicate one.

The Caregiver Board of Directors’ Meetings, of course, refer to us being able to take advantage of the time we will be with our fellow adult family members throughout the holidays to conduct meaningful meetings about important topics pertaining to our loved one’s care.  It only makes sense that if you are the CEO of Caring for My Loved One, Inc., your family members who are not involved with the day-to-day details of caring for your shared loved one are, in effect, your Board of Directors (for better or for worse).


Think of incontinence as simply another health issue that your loved one is experiencing.  It may be temporary (as result of a recent operation or medication) or permanent, but it is a natural part of your loved one’s healthcare situation and should be discussed in the same way you would discuss any other health topic.

Talk with your family members about the products that are needed by your loved one living with incontinence.  Develop and share a budget detailing the necessary supplies, including undergarments, liners and pads. Create a cooperate fund so your fellow family members can help with these expenses.

It is not necessary for your family members to discuss your loved one’s incontinence with him/her unless they bring it up first. Tell your family members that actually some light and appropriate humor might help overcome any awkward feelings dealing with the subject.

Creating a relationship with an online incontinence management products supplier will help you discover the appropriate products and overcome any potentially embarrassing trips to the drugstore. It also allows you to develop a relationship with an experienced advisor who can help you chose the most appropriate products for your loved one’s comfort and fit.

If your loved one’s incontinence is unexpected or had not been discussed by the doctor as a possible side effect of their medical condition, make an appointment to meet with their physician as soon as possible.

Share with your family that incontinence is nothing about which your loved one needs to be embarrassed. In fact, they are far from alone, since incontinence affects at least 25 million Americans and over 200 million people worldwide.

The good news: now that you’ve been able to openly discuss incontinence causes, support, and supplies, the rest should be a piece of cake. Or (befitting the season) a slice of pumpkin pie.


  Gary Barg
Today's Caregiver magazine
Monday November 19, 2012


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