If your aging adult has been staying at home in order to avoid having embarrassing situations pop up due to incontinence, having a plan can help her to feel more comfortable. Here are some suggestions that can help.
Think Through Everything Your Aging Adult Needs
It can help to do this part on paper, but you’ll need a list of everything that your elderly family member might need to help her deal with incontinence while she’s out and about. Some of the items she might need could include:
- Incontinence pads or underwear
- Regular underwear
- A change of clothing
- Skin care products
- A plastic bag for used items
Some of the items your elderly family member might need could change over time, too. Periodically going over the list and swapping out items can help you stay prepared.
Gather the Gear and Stow It
Once you have a solid idea what you need, it’s easier to gather it all in one place. You might want to avoid choosing some of your aging adult’s favorite clothing, since it will be out of commission for a little bit in her travel bag. You’ll want a bag to stow everything in that is big enough to hold everything comfortably but small enough to be easy to manage.
Consider a “Go Bag” and a Bag in the Car
While you’re packing a bag with essentials, consider doing double duty and having a bag that you can keep in the car and a bag that you can grab if you’re using a different vehicle. This can be especially helpful for elderly homecare providers and family members who help your elderly family member when you can’t be there.
Talk to Some Experts
If you’re not sure entirely what to keep in the bag, talk to your elderly family member’s doctor or to homecare providers. They’ve helped other caregivers just like you figure out how to handle this kind of situation and their advice will be invaluable. Another source of tips and tricks could be a support group for caregivers, which is another reason to join one and to attend meetings when you can.
Make sure to check your provisions regularly to swap out clothing and replenish supplies.
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Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
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