Incontinence Carers The story of Angela

The story of Angela

I've always done this job, and I've learned that every patient is different.

"I have been a nurse in a nursing home for almost 20 years, and my goal is to take care of patients both physically and psychologically."

What I love about my job is that I know I can help out at a time when people are more fragile and during which families also need practical and psychological support.

Over the years I have acquired an increasing awareness and I have learned that the first step is to observe and listen to patients: because everyone has different needs depending on his/her age and the seriousness of the problem he/she is facing.

So, first of all, I try to help them accept and deal with a change of lifestyle: because there is never a single solution to incontinence, but many small actions which, if implemented on a daily basis, can lead to concrete improvements.

Starting from the diet, often underestimated, but also paying great attention to a correct intimate hygiene, because it is essential to prevent redness and bad smells forming, caused by dampness and the presence of germs and bacteria. For this reason too, it is essential to dry the skin perfectly before wearing (or ensuring somebody wears) incontinence aids.

Another crucial aspect is the choice of the incontinence aid best suited to the specific needs of those I have before me: the condition of the person, the family situation and his/her social and house habits are all variables to be taken into consideration in order to identify the best solution. For example, I prefer to avoid using pull up diaper panties if my patient is able to go, even if accompanied, to the bathroom. Rather, I make sure that the route is short and that there are no obstacles, so that it can be reached more easily, and I use incontinence products which can be put on in the bathroom, such as underwear, for example pants: this little trick helps, because it allows a greater independence to the person.

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