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Help for those caring for someone who is incontinent

Video Series: Managing Bladder + Bowel Needs at Home

Andrea Lord of the New Zealand Continence Association talks on a range of topics relating to bowel and bladder incontinence.

The series covers assessment, choosing products, managing bowel continence at home, skin care, preventing infections, managing urodomes and catheters, and continence issues for people suffering from Alzheimers or Dementia.

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Continence: Dry Nights = Happy Nights!

By Andrea Lord

Managing continence at home is easier if you use the right bedding.

Changing a wet bed in the middle of the night can almost be the last straw. Fortunately, there are many bedding products to help you manage continence problems, tummy bugs, sweat, spilt drinks, and other catastrophes.

The best option is an absorbent bed pad and a waterproof mattress protector. Additional options are waterproof pillow and duvet protectors and some form of floor protection, as spills can spread a long way.

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Reader Story: Catheter Self-Management

New Plymouth Family Care reader Frank Gaze shares his trials and tribulations of catheter self-management.

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Continence: Equipment

AccessibleToiletIf someone in your family has continence needs, equipment is available to help you at home, or when you are out and about. 

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Continence: Bathroom Independence for Disabled Children

It's not always easy, but persevering to help your disabled child self-manage in the loo is a lifetime gift.

By Louise Inglis

A holiday wish

Managing one’s own toileting is a life skill most of us take for granted. Our youngest son Kevin, now eight and a half years old, is profoundly affected by autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy. He is completely nonverbal. I desperately want him to have the dignity of caring for his own toileting needs. Join me as I share with you our toilet training journey.

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An Introduction to Managing Continence Needs at Home

This article is a great place to start if you're managing your own or someone else’s continence needs at home.  It explains the basics including causes, treatments, continence assessments, tips for managing bowel and bladder issues at home and where to go for help.

Incontinence is a loss of bladder or bowel control that may result in involuntary leakage of urine or faeces. Urgency (needing to get the toilet in a hurry) and frequency (wanting to go to the toilet often) are also common bladder control problems, though they are not necessarily associated with leakage.

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Advice: Continence Assessments

ToiletContinenceIf you are experiencing bowel or bladder incontinence, don't assume it's due to ageing. Ask for a continence assessment to discover what's causing the problem. Perhaps it can be fixed! 

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Learn About Dementia and Continence Online!


Anyone can access learning and assessment about continence and dementia for free at ilearn, the online learning site of Industry Training Organisation Careerforce.

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Continence: Helping Those with Dementia Find the Toilet at Night

FindingToiletContinence nurse, Andrea Lord, gives practical tips and ideas to help those experiencing confusion find the toilet in the wee hours!

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Continence: Hand Hygiene


Frequent hand washing is the best way to control infection risks. Continence Advisor Andrea Lord provides helpful tips about hand hygiene!

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Continence: A Proactive Choice to Have a Colostomy

RhettBrownFollowing his serious injury, Rhett Brown made the proactive decision to have a colostomy to manage his bowel care. The following extract has been taken from Rhett’s inspiring book, This Way Up.

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National Toilet Map

If you or someone you support needs a handy or accessible bathroom while you're out and about, it pays to know where to go! When planning a trip, have a look at the national Toilet Map website, so you can plot your stops in advance.

You'll find the site here!

The map was developed by Crohn's and Colitis NZ for people who have Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, for whom finding the nearest available toilet can often be an urgent situation.

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How Carers NZ can help

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