Stock up on supplies. Adult incontinence undergarments are usually a must for these trips, so smart caregivers pack plenty of these. Some people have particular brands that they favor, so it’s especially advisable to load up on brand-name favorites if going to a different town or city. It’s possible the local stores may not carry the preferred brand.
Practice in advance. Talk with the senior about doing Kegel exercises in advance to help strengthen bladder control. (Anyone battling incontinence should be doing these anyway.) Also work to establish the habit of using the bathroom whenever the opportunity arises rather than only when the urge strikes. Since bathroom breaks can be unpredictable on a long trip, this habit can come in very handy.
Plan in advance. When plotting out the route, make note of likely bathroom options along the way, and make plans to stop at several that are not too far apart.
Bring a waterproof pad. Accidents do happen, so it’s advisable to let the individual with incontinence sit on a waterproof pad.
Have clothes handy. In the event of an accident, make sure changes of clothes are handy rather than packed away in that suitcase at the very bottom of the pile in the trunk.
Watch out for triggers. Caregivers need to be aware of “triggers” that are likely to make bladder control more difficult (such as drinking coffee rather than water), and take steps to avoid these triggers.
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