What I love about my job is that I know I can help out at a time when people are more fragile and when families also need practical and psychological support.
Over the years I have gained more and more awareness and I have learned that the first step is to observe and listen to patients: because everyone, in addition to the age and severity of the problem they are facing, has different needs.
So, first of all, I try to help them accept and face a change of lifestyle: because there is never a single solution to incontinence but many small actions that, implemented daily, can lead to concrete improvements .
Starting from nutrition, often underestimated, but also with the utmost attention to proper intimate hygiene, because it is essential to prevent redness and the formation of bad smells caused by humidity and the presence of germs and bacteria. For this reason too, it is essential to dry the skin perfectly before wearing (or having it worn) absorbent aids.
Another crucial aspect is the choice of absorbent aid that best suits the specific needs of those in front of me: the condition of the person, the family situation and his social and housing activities are all variables to be taken into consideration in order to find the best solution. For example, I prefer to avoid using panties if my patient is able to go to the bathroom, albeit accompanied. Rather, I worry that the path is short and there are no obstacles, so that I can reach it more easily, and I use wearable absorbent devices in the bathroom such as linen, for example pants: this little trick helps, because it leaves the person more autonomy.