It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already in full swing! This is a wonderful time of year, but it can also bring stress when you have loved ones coming to stay with you. If you have a family member visiting who lives with urinary incontinence, the holiday stress could easily multiply for everyone involved.
Here are four simple steps to help your houseguests feel as comfortable as possible!
1) Be Prepared
To help loved ones feel less embarrassed about their bladder leakage and more relaxed, plan ahead and have extra bedding and towels clean and accessible. Also have some supplies handy in the guest bathroom, like flushable wipes, extra soap and air fresheners. And, be sure to stock up on some healthy snacks that won’t aggravate their bladders right before bedtime. It’s best they avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and citrus fruits and juices. To be even more accommodating, ask your guest if there is anything you can get for them before they arrive.
2) Give Your Guests a Tour
If this is the first time your loved ones with incontinence are staying with you, take the time to give them a tour of your home as soon as they arrive. Most importantly, show them where all of the bathrooms are in the house as well as offer them use of your laundry machines. If possible, set them up in a bedroom close to a bathroom so they have easy access.
3) Leak-Proof Their Bed
Know that urinary leaks and accidents might happen while your family members with incontinence are staying at your home. Supply your guest bedroom with an absorbent and washable bed pad like our Wearever Quilted Plaid Incontinence Pad. With the added protection of a reusable mattress cover, your loved ones can sleep soundly and so can you knowing an unexpected accident won’t cause damage.
4) Be Discrete
Loved ones and family members who live with incontinence will appreciate your efforts more than you know. Although it’s a sensitive issue, they shouldn’t feel alone. A quarter to a third of men and women in the United States live with incontinence. That being said, being discrete about it is so important in helping them maintain dignity and feel comfortable in your home. By showing your mom, dad, grandparent or loved one that you understand and respect their privacy, you are ensuring a happy and stress-free visit.
With these four things in mind, you should be well equipped to host everyone for the holidays this year!