Taking care of yourself while taking care of someone else can be challenging. However, looking after yourself is very important – this not only allows you to continue being a support for your loved one but, crucially, allows you to be well too. This includes looking after your physical and mental wellbeing, being able to take a break, and understanding what you can expect from your employer if you are supporting someone else. 

Resources for carers and family members: 

For mental health support you can contact your GP or organisations such as MIND. If you are in crisis, you can call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time for free or text SHOUT to 85258.

Incontinence can have a significant impact on both the individual experiencing it and for their family members. Despite wide-held beliefs that it is inevitable, many causes of incontinence can be successfully treated, or the impact reduced. Support is available. Many areas in the UK have specialist bladder and bowel services for adults and for children and teenagers. Therefore, it is important to discuss the problems with a healthcare professional, who should be able to make suggestions or refer the person for assessment and treatment.  

The impact of incontinence on families and support networks

This article is part of our ‘Impact of incontinence campaign’, supported by Attends. You can also read more about incontinence in our information library on our website here.

We are on a mission to shine a light on the impact of incontinence on families and support networks. Hearing from you would help us better understand the challenges people face when supporting someone with incontinence, and what would help the most.

You can fill out our anonymous survey here to share your experiences.

Find more information about the campaign on the impact of incontinence on families on the campaign hub page here.


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