Managing incontinence issues

Incontinence affects a large number of men and women and many people never request help because of embarrassment.

NHS Choices have a document online titled 'Getting help for incontinence'. This provides information on who can provide assistance with the issue of incontinence, and how to access this assistance. If not, discuss with your GP.

Pelvic floor muscle exercises can be helpful for men and women. You can get advice from a specialist continence chartered physiotherapist or a continence advisor.1

Products that may help with continence management

They are reusable, washable or have wipe clean properties. Many of the absorbent pads and drawsheets are used with another waterproof bedding item. There are a range of ways the bedding is secured to the bed and some are suitable for beds that are non-standard sizes. New softer materials now available have replaced the thicker, noisier plastic sheets, and many are now vapour permeable or 'breathable' to reduce perspiration which may make them more comfortable.

You may also like to view telecare enabled enuresis alarms. These can alert yourself or a carer via a pager.

Further advice and information

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation is a UK charity providing information and support for people with bladder and bowel disorders, their carers, families and health care professionals. Services provided include educational booklets, information & product factsheets, a magazine, online forum and helpline 0845 345 0165. They also maintain the UK independent Directory of Continence Products which includes bedding, pads, pants, catheters and penile sheaths.

B&BF Just Can't Wait toilet card

You might find that you have to rush to the toilet as soon as you feel the need to urinate and may 'leak' if you do not get to a toilet in time. This is called 'urge incontinence' and can be a particular problem when you are out and about and suddenly require a toilet that you can use. The Bowel and Bladder Foundation have produced the Just Can't Wait toilet card. You can show this card when you are out shopping or socialising and it may help you gain access to a toilet. The card states that the card holder has a medical condition which requires the urgent need of a toilet. Although the card does not guarantee you access to a toilet many places will be willing to help.

For more information visit the Bowel and Bladder Foundation Just cant Wait Toilet Card Page

NHS Choices
NHS Choices have a document online titled 'Getting help for incontinence'. This provides information on who can provide assistance with the issue of incontinence, and how to access this assistance.

PromoCon, Promoting continence and product awareness

PromoCon seeks to improve the life of all people with bladder or bowel problems by offering product information, advice and practical solutions to both professionals and the general public. They have a helpline 0161 834 2001 (Mon - Fri 10 to 3).


RADAR is the UK's largest disability campaigning network. RADAR has a mission to 'enable individuals, networks and policy-makers to do things differently'.

The RADAR National Key Scheme (NKS) offers key holders access to around 8,000 locked accessible public toilets around the country. Although RADAR would prefer that providers of accessible toilets keep their toilets unlocked if possible the NKS may be necessary if the provider concerned has to keep the toilets locked to stop vandalism and misuse. For more information about the key scheme visit the RADAR National key scheme website or to view suppliers of the key (from £ 3.50 excluding VAT in 2010) click on the key pictured below. RADAR publish the national key scheme guide with listings of all RADAR Key Scheme toilets around the UK.

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