Bladder and bowel for carers
Caring for someone with a bladder or bowel problem can be hard. Find out what you can do to manage the problem and what support services are available for you and the person you care for.
You are not alone
Caring for someone with a bladder or bowel problem can be difficult. Problems like incontinence can be unpredictable, increase your workload and cost a lot.
In 2015 there were 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia. As a carer you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated and angry at times. However, you are not alone. There are services available to help you and the person you are caring for.
Some things you can do to help the person you are caring for include:
- try to be calm and patient – talk openly together about the situation
- try to accept that it may be embarrassing or uncomfortable at times
- understand that accidents may happen from time to time
- look after yourself too – plan regular breaks
Some practical suggestions for managing bladder and bowel issues are:
- use continence products
- plan your journey or activities using the toilet map
- use support services
- see a doctor or health professional if you have any concerns about the person you are caring for
There are a number of helpful support services and resources to help you and the person you are caring for:
- National Continence Helpline
- free carers booklet
- My Health Record
- Continence Foundation of Australia
- respite centres
- Dementia Australia or the National Dementia Helpline
You can also access support groups and community services through the Carer Information Support Service through Carers Australia.