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Caring for a Loved One

The first step in caring for someone with bladder or bowel control issues is to acknowledge the problem. This can be the most difficult step. Some may have hidden the condition from family members and healthcare providers because of embarrassment or fear that they will be scolded or criticized. Many people think that there are no feasible treatment options and that they "just have to live with it."

Caregivers should be sensitive to their loved one's feelings surrounding incontinence and always maintain the strictest confidentiality when sharing information.

While some of this advice might seem obvious, when you are in the middle of an emotionally trying moment, try to remember some of these useful thoughts: