Incontinence is the loss of bladder or bowel control, and – believe it or not – it can happen to anyone. According to the Continence Foundation of Australia, over 5 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems at some stage in their life – though it’s most commonly experienced by people who are older, have a chronic health condition or recently had a baby.
If you’re caring for a loved one who has limited mobility in addition to bladder or bowel control issues, managing day-to-day life can be even more challenging. Incontinence is unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared with the right products and equipment to help. Here’s a quick list of necessities that can help to make a difference when taking care of someone with mobility and incontinence issues:
1. Fitted Mattress Covers
Protective bed covers are essential for mattress hygiene and personal comfort throughout the night. Fitted mattress covers are soft, discrete and can also help keep laundry costs down. The Kylie Range of Fitted Mattress Covers are not only waterproof, but the material is treated with an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent to prevent unwanted odours and the growth of bacteria.
2. Chair Pads
Chair pads absorb fluid, protecting your furniture, electric lift recliner, wheelchair and car seats from accidental leakage throughout the day. Buddies Char Pads are super-absorbent, waterproof and reusable. The multi-layered design locks away moisture between the surface and centre, so that the user remains as dry and comfortable as possible. They also come in a range of colours and patterns for extra discretion.
3. Raised Toilet Seat
If you or someone you’re caring for is unable to bend or lower themselves down properly, or fully relies on others to move from room-to-room, a Raised Toilet Seat could make going to the bathroom much easier and safer.
While the arms are designed for additional support and a seamless transfer, the adjustable height can save the expense of raising the entire toilet or installing a new one.
4. Reusable Briefs
Reusable briefs are more expensive to buy, but less costly over time. They are most suitable for people with small-to-medium urine loss problems. While disposable products can be helpful, they can also be less comfortable to wear. Reusable briefs are more comfortable than using pads or diapers, and help people feel more confident as they resemble typical underwear made out of similar materials. Check out the Buddies Briefs for both men and women.
Portable urinals are a great toilet alterative or toilet assistance for both men and women who have difficulty getting up and down from a chair or bed. They are particularly useful during the night so people can get enough rest without having to go all the way to the bathroom. For extra convenience, the Non-Spill Male Urinal also features a one-way valve that allows urine to flow in, but stops it from flowing out again.
At Life Mobility we aim to empower people living with a disability or limited mobility to lead active and independent lives. We understand that each person’s needs are unique and therefore require a customised solution.