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Welcome to Let's Talk About It.  In this special section we will feature the question/topic of the month and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to participate, just follow the link provided at the end of the question/topic and add your comments and thoughts.

Question/Topic for July-August  2011

What is the best advice you have for caregivers with loved ones living with incontinence?

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Name: Staci
Location: St paul, MN
Date: 10/18/2011
Time: 09:53 PM


Hello anyone out there. I need advice how to get my mother to wear the pull up to avoid smelling urine on her clothes. Every times when she used the bathroom she does not wipe herself so the urine wet little each time to her pant then it smell all over their apt. Every time I explain and remind her to wipe after using bathroom but we always got into argument. Any suggestion will help. Thanks

Name: Karen
Location: Grand Rapids,MI
Date: 10/11/2011
Time: 08:51 AM


My Dad was getting urine all over the house. He'd be peeing on the way to the bathroom then walk thru the puddles and track it all over. I put him in the disposable underware and it has helped a lot. He says they're comfortable and they wear just like regular underware. They even come in colors now. No more puddles and mopping the florr 4-5 times a day makes my life a lot easier and him more comfortable.

Name: Ann Elliott
Location: Sandy Springs, GA
Date: 09/29/2011
Time: 12:46 PM


Patience & asking your urologist for suggestions.

Name: lauri fischer
Location: frankfort ill and jensen beach florida
Date: 09/03/2011
Time: 06:55 PM


We were having problems with intermittent explosive bowel movement a real mess. we tried immodium which i think made it worse. finally based on my urologists advice regarding my own over active bladder, we started having our family member go to the bathroom 30-45 minutes after every mean, with or without the urge to go. After that we insisted with a lot of protest to have him go to the bathroom every hour or two, with an urge or not. therefore, the bowel was never overly full, we also cut down on sugar and gave rice and a banana a day. we have had no explosive episodes since. As mentioned it also works with my over active bladder in addition to taking vesicare. Hope this helps

Name: Diana Meni
Location: Oconto, WI
Date: 08/21/2011
Time: 12:00 PM


Remember that it is not their fault. I take care of my boyfriend who is in the end stages of type 1 diabetes. He can not always tell when he has to go. He always says that he is sorry. I always tell hime that it is not his fault. I feel bad for him, he is only 52. Just remember that you have got to keep the people you take care of clean.

Name: Dorothy
Location: Philadelpha, PA
Date: 08/11/2011
Time: 01:49 PM


Disposal underwear is a Godsend for caregivers and patients. Some are like diapers but they also have paper underpants with elastic so my father was still able to use the urinal but didn't have to worry about leakage or accidents.

Name: Donnie Nair
Location: CAlifornia
Date: 08/02/2011
Time: 10:42 PM


If it's just a leaky bladder get your doctor to prescribe one of the new drugs for that and use a pad made for that. Also see that the patient uses the bathroom every two hours.

Name: Marge
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: 07/22/2011
Time: 09:17 AM


I have been a Companion working with the elderly for over 10 years. I have learned that once a person wears Depends, they become very comfortable with them and they are thrilled that they don't need to worry about soiling their clothes. Main thing is to change them often, as necessary. Wonderful Invention!

Name: patricia morgan
Location: gibsonia,pa
Date: 07/21/2011
Time: 07:37 AM


Keep the person clean and dry for comfort and so the skin does not break down... reassurance that all is well helps, we might be that person one day. If the person served in the military, check with the VA for free supplies. This is all a natural part of lifes journey, be well, be happy.

Name: Luci
Location: Boca Raton
Date: 07/14/2011
Time: 08:36 AM


When my husband started showing signs of being incontinent I was reluctant to use the paper underwear because I was trying to preserve his dignity. Little did I realize it was more embarrassing to him that I need to flush and scrub his personal items. He feels more in control of being able to change the paper underwear more often whenever he chooses. Thank God for the Veterans Administration and their generosity supplying them. If your loved one is a veteran please contact your local VA clinic. They have been a temendous support.



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