Managing everyday life when you or the person you are caring for is affected by incontinence can be challenging, however with planning, most people fi nd they, or the person they are caring for, can live their life to the fullest.
When planning for everyday life with incontinence it may be worth considering the following scenarios/situations:
- home life
- work life
- social outings
- exercise and sport
How you plan for each of these scenarios/situations may be different, however some simple strategies to consider include:
- Knowing how long you will be away from home and making sure you have all the things you may need including continence pads or pants and a spare change of clothes in case of an accident
- Finding out where the closest toilets are and how accessible these are to you. Refer to useful links for the National Public Toilet Map
- Altering your diet and fluid intake if these impact your symptoms, and
- Testing any new incontinence management strategies at home, so that you don’t get caught out in a social situation.