Question: Seeking Bedding Solutions and Ways to Maintain Dignity for My Father with an Ostomy

My father, an admirable and resilient man, now has an ostomy. We are using tarps for bedding and leak pads on furniture. He also uses adult diapers, and I am arranging a sheep fur mat for his chair. However, I seek advice on bedding solutions to protect from leakage and ways to help him maintain dignity and prevent accidents.

Response: Bedding and Dignity Solutions for Ostomy Patients

Your concern for your father’s dignity and comfort is commendable. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Bedding Solutions: Invest in high-quality, waterproof, washable bed covers. These create a discreet and comfortable barrier, protecting the mattress from any leakage. Smaller, portable barrier pads are also available, useful for travel.
  2. Ostomy Support Groups: Connecting with a local ostomy support group can provide emotional support and practical advice. Groups often have healthcare professionals who can offer guidance on managing an ostomy. Find your local group at Ostomy Canada Society.
  3. Consulting a Specialist: For ongoing leakage issues, consult a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (NSWOC). They can provide tailored advice on fitting ostomy equipment. Find a professional near you at NSWOC.
  4. Comfortable Seating: The sheep fur mat is a thoughtful addition. Ensure it is easy to clean and maintain.
  5. Maintaining Dignity: Focus on normalizing the situation and affirming his value and strength. Encourage participation in activities he enjoys and discuss his feelings openly.
  6. Product Experimentation: If leakage is an issue, experiment with different products from ostomy manufacturers. Many offer free samples and can suggest alternatives that might work better.
  7. Skin Care: Address any skin issues caused by leakage. Skin should be kept clean and dry, and appropriate products used to protect and heal the skin.

Remember, your father’s situation is not uncommon, and there are many resources and products available to help manage his ostomy effectively while maintaining his dignity.

Jo-Ann L. Tremblay
THE OSTOMY FACTOR Blog – joannltremblay.wordpress.com
Ostomy Lifestyle Expert Member of Ostomy Canada Society
Medical Lifestyle Advisory Committee Member
Ostomy Canada
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