Bringing Comfort to Those Suffering from Incontinence – There are many things that I have had to research over time for my own and my family’s needs and requirements, which I have found very much a learning curve for all. Starting from babies to infants, to teenagers to adults, at times it has been one long rollercoaster. However, with elderly parents, I have now delved into a new area regarding disability and incontinence. They do say life is a full circle and totally agree when it comes to taking care of others.
Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of control over urinary or bowel functions. It is a condition characterised by the inability to control the release of urine or faeces from the body, resulting in unwanted leakage. Incontinence can vary in severity, ranging from occasional mild leaks to complete loss of control.
When faced with the responsibility of buying online the Complete Care Shop, which has been a supplier of daily living aids since 2007 has been a blessing in disguise. Not only carrying a range of disability equipment but you can also buy incontinence aids too, all from one convenient portal.
There are different types of incontinence:
Urinary incontinence: This is the most common type and refers to the involuntary loss of urine. It can be categorised into several subtypes:
Stress incontinence: Leakage of urine occurs during activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or physical exertion.
Urge incontinence: A sudden, strong urge to urinate is followed by an involuntary loss of urine.
Overflow incontinence: The bladder doesn’t empty properly, leading to constant dribbling or frequent leakage.
Functional incontinence: Physical or cognitive impairments prevent an individual from reaching the bathroom in time.
Faecal incontinence: This refers to the loss of control over bowel movements, resulting in the accidental passage of stool. It can be caused by factors such as muscle or nerve damage, diarrhoea, or constipation.
Incontinence can occur to anyone of any age and can be due to various underlying factors, these may include weakened pelvic floor muscles, damage to the nerves controlling bladder or bowel function, hormonal changes, certain medical conditions (such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, or neurological disorders), medications, or lifestyle factors (such as obesity, smoking, or excessive caffeine consumption).
It is good to know that daily living aids and mobility equipment needed to live more independently for longer are available to help in these inconvenient life situations. The Complete Care Shop also have access to a network of Occupational Therapists, providing a wealth of guidance and support on their website.
They also recognise that incontinence poverty (not unlike period poverty), is a real issue facing many of their customers and others due to the cost of living seriously hitting household finances.
On average incontinence products cost individuals £1800 per year so, through their partners, the Complete Care Shop has secured £150k worth of incontinence products to help anyone who is living with, or caring for someone with incontinence and are struggling to pay for products.