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Caring for someone with incontinence

Many family members and friends find caring for a person with incontinence to be one of the most difficult aspects of caring. Incontinence can be unpredictable, add dramatically to your workload and be very costly. Many carers report feeling angry, frustrated, lonely, and not coping as they try to manage alone. It is not always easy to care for a person with incontinence, but the right advice and support from a health professional may make it more manageable for you. This page will offer practical information and referrals to assist you in your care.

Carers can be of any age, who provide unpaid care and support to family members or friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.

If you have a question or cannot find the information you need, ring the freecall National Continence Helpline on 1800 33 00 66 or ask a nurse online.

FEATURED VIDEO: Skin care and incontinence

Wound nurse consultant Jan Rice discusses why skin problems occur with incontinence and in ageing skin; and why good skin care is important.


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