If you have a friend or family member visiting who lives with urinary incontinence, the preparation for a meal or gathering can take up to twice as long.
Family reunions and meals should not be avoided due to a guest having incontinence. There are certain things you can do to ensure your guest has a pleasant time regardless of their condition. Here are some tips to ensure both you and your guests can have a relaxed evening:
1) Be prepared with useful products and supplies
If a loved one is staying over for a night after a meal or event, it is useful to plan ahead and have extra bedding and towels that are clean and easily accessible. It is extremely useful to have some supplies handy in the guest bathroom, such as flushable wipes, extra soap and air fresheners. The last thing you want to do is leave your guest without any supplies if they do have an accident. If you feel it is necessary, you can invest in furniture protectors for your beds and seats. This is particularly useful if guests are suffering from a health problem that may decrease affect their reaction speed or mobility such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Bed protection is available from a range of manufacturers. Products are made from an absorbent material and will soak up leakages to the ISO absorption level of the product. Whether your guests have bladder or bowel incontinence, pads and covers can provide protection for your bedding and furniture.
The following products can keep your furniture protected and ensure guests stay comfortable:
Under pads are the easiest option for chairs and car seats in particular. Suitable for all levels of incontinence, chair pads can offer protection for those with light, moderate, heavy and severe levels of incontinence. Depending on the manufacturer the pads are either square or rectangle in shape. The ISO absorption level will depend on the degree of protection you feel is necessary for your guest.
Under pads are available in two styles, washable and disposable. The pads are versatile and will fit any size and style of chair. As a bonus, chair pads are also suitable for other kinds of furniture that you can sit on. Whether you need protection for a sofa or soft or hard furnishings in your home they will offer excellent protection from leakage.
You can shop through our collection of under pads for chairs and seats here.
Primacare luxury chair pads
Mattress Covers are comfortable, 100% waterproof covers designed to protect your mattress. The product has high durability and is easy to fit and clean. The cover is flame retardant and is designed to ensure it will not harden or crack.
Shop through our range of waterproof mattress protectors and pillow protectors here.
Super absorbent protective bed pads feature a stay-dry top surface, ensuring individuals are fully protected against any leakages at night time. The pads are easy to wash in all types of laundry equipment and feature a blue barrier bottom surface, providing extra absorption.
The majority of bed pads on the market are highly durable and cost-effective.
Primacare washable bed pad
You can receive more guidance on making your home incontinence friendly in our blog.
2) Think carefully about food choices
In addition to providing a main meal, it may be beneficial to offer guests some healthy snacks that won’t aggravate their bladders right before bedtime. It is advisable for guests to avoid spicy foods, caffeine and citrus fruits and juices. To be even more accommodating, you can ask your guest if there is anything you can get for them before they arrive. Dr. Fourcroy recommends that sufferers tackle incontinence through making their diet as simple as possible. Since constipation can cause or exacerbate urinary incontinence, you should make sure guests are getting enough fibre by offering the following foods:
> Non-citrus fruits such as raspberries, apples and pears
> Foods containing grain such as bread, pasta and cereals
Doctors have identified that the following foods can irritate the bladder and should be avoided if possible:
> Caffeinated beverages and foods
> Spicy foods
> Citrus fruits and juices
> Carbonated beverages
> Milk and milk products
> Sugar or honey
> Artificial sweeteners
3) Ensure you show the guests where the bathrooms are
Taking the time to give guests a tour of the house can make all of the difference and ensure they feel confident and relaxed. You can also offer them use of your washing machines whenever needed. If possible, ensure the room they are staying in is one which is close to a bathroom and there are no major obstacles to them reaching a toilet quickly. Remove any objects lying around that could be in the way of an obvious route to the toilet.
4) Be discrete and handle the problem sensitively
Being discrete about incontinence can help to prevent a person from feeling embarrassed or ashamed of having the condition. It may be useful to ensure you have the correct supplies available if your guests need them, however avoid having a conversation about it with them in front of others. It is highly important to help them maintain dignity and feel comfortable in your home.
Find out how to respectively talk to someone about incontinence by reading our blog.