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Managing Incontinence

While incontinence is not commonly discussed, research shows it is a significant health issue.

About 4.8 million Australians are affected by incontinence, a number predicted to grow to 6.5 million by 2030.

The good news is research shows that for the majority of older adults, incontinence can be 'cured', or at least better managed.

Continence products, such as pads catheters, can assist people affected by incontinence to lead a normal life.

This does not replace the need to seek professional advice from a health professional which should be the first step in learning to manage your incontinence.

Finding the right product

There are many continence products on the market that can assist you to stay dry and comfortable.

These range from disposable or re-usable pads and pants, protectors for mattresses and chairs, condom drainage for men, and catheters.

Pads and pants can be purchased at pharmacies, supermarkets or wholesalers.

A continence nurse advisor can discuss your needs with you and help you choose the correct products to suit your needs.

Continence nurse advisors teach clients and carers how to use and care for products and keep you updated about new products at follow-up appointments.

Your local continence clinic can provide you with information about continence products, suppliers of continence products, as well as information about subsidy schemes for which you may be eligible.

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