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How you care for someone with incontinence will depend on their level of physical mobility and mental state.

You may be helping someone who is in a reasonably good state of physical and mental health but would appreciate some information and advice. Or you may be caring for someone with a severe physical disability such as paralysis, with a mental disorder such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, or someone with both mental and physical disabilities.

In this section, we have gathered together advice from healthcare professionals and experienced home carers to provide 4 main scenarios of caring for a loved one with incontinence at home.

Please select the descriptor which best fits your own situation for practical tips and advice on caring for your loved one:

  • The person I care for can wash and dress themselves. They just sometimes cannot control their bladder;

  • The person I care for is physically able, but due to mental illness cannot ensure accidents don’t happen;

  • The person I care for is mentally alert, but physically unable to wash, dress or manage the toilet for themselves;

  • My loved one has mental illness and is physically unable to wash, dress or manage the toilet for themselves.