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September is Dementia Awareness Month, an annual event held in September and organised by Alzheimer’s Australia with support from the Australian Government.
Although most Australian's know very little about dementia, which causes a progressive decline in ones cognitive ability including memory, physical functioning, social skills and rationality, it affects 413,000 people of varying ages as well as their families, friends and carers.
Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s cognitive ability. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning.
Some statistics, as stated in Alzheimer's Australia's Dementia Awareness Month Media and Communications Toolkit.
If you, a family member or someone you are caring for has dementia, remember you are not alone.
Alzheimer’s Australia is there to help with information, support and advice and can be contact on 1800 100 500. www.fightdementia.org.au
For those providing care to those with dementia, managing continence can be complicated. There are practical difficulties as the person with dementia may have problems holding on, finding the toilet, or even being aware they need to pass urine or empty their bowels.
A helpful fact sheet from Alzheimer’s Australia can be found here
The Continence Foundation also has a number of resources that aim to help family members and carers manage bladder and bowel control problems of people affected by dementia.
National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66) or www.continence.org.au
Our range of waterproof, soft and comfortable mattress protectors ensure that for someone with continence they can sleep easier knowing their bed is protected. If accidents occur regularly we also recommend layering two on the bed or using a bed pad or linen protector in conjunction with the mattress protector. If an accident occurs the mattress protector or linen protector on top can easily be removed and one can get back to sleep quickly and with little fuss.
Our sister company, Buddies® is also a valuable resource for people living with continence as well as family, friends, and professional carers.
Assisting with independence, providing support, comfort and most importantly, peace of mind Buddies® offer a range of Australian Made re-usable continence underwear, clothing protectors, chair and bed pads.
With Buddies® and Protect-A-Bed's Registered Nurse® , you can also rest assured our information and advice on continence care comes from a qualified source.
To talk to our nurse or find out more about our range of products contact us today on 1300 857 123 or go to buddies-australia.com.au