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Bowel Incontinence Care: Page 4

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There's an abundance of products for incontinence, and some distributors even make house calls. To figure out what products would best serve his needs, see our checklist. Whatever you and your family member choose, make sure that he cleans up after a bowel movement. If he needs your assistance, wear protective gloves (if you're allergic to latex, drugstores often have latex-free choices)

If your family member is ill and bed-bound, family caregiver consultant Jones suggests ordering a pressure-reducing mattress, which will help prevent pressure sores. Anyone who is bed-bound needs to be repositioned every couple of hours to avoid bedsores or pressure sores.

If he uses a wheelchair, he should also be repositioned frequently and have cushions to prevent the development of pressure sores on his bottom. With age, skin becomes more fragile and can break down more easily. And feces can cause skin to break down if someone isn't cleaned properly after each bowel movement. To protect his skin, try using cleansers that don't contain soap (soap can strip the oil from an older person's skin and make it more prone to breaking down). If you're changing him in bed, put down a disposable mattress pad to protect the bed. And if the budget permits, use soft cloths and no-rinse cleanser followed by a moisture barrier. For recommended supplies, see our checklist.