Spouses and Significant Others

Spouses and Significant Others: Navigating the Ostomy Journey Together


In the Demographics section, we turn our attention to the critical role played by spouses and significant others in the lives of individuals with ostomy. This guide is crafted to provide comprehensive support, insights, and resources for partners who play an integral role in the ostomy journey. From understanding the intricacies of ostomy care to fostering emotional resilience and strengthening relationships, this content is tailored to empower spouses and significant others on the path of unwavering support.

Understanding Ostomy Care: A Collaborative Approach for Partners

  1. Comprehensive Ostomy Education:
    • Equip spouses and significant others with a thorough understanding of ostomy, including types, care routines, and potential challenges.
    • Foster open communication with healthcare professionals to enhance knowledge and skills in ostomy care.

  2. Shared Responsibility in Daily Routines:
    • Collaborate with the partner to seamlessly integrate ostomy care into daily routines.
    • Utilize adaptive tools and technologies to enhance efficiency and comfort in shared responsibilities.

  3. Nutritional and Dietary Support:
    • Collaborate with healthcare providers to create balanced diets that align with the nutritional needs of the partner with ostomy.
    • Provide guidance and support in making dietary choices that support overall well-being.

Emotional Resilience: Nurturing Relationships and Supporting Each Other

  1. Addressing Emotional Challenges:
    • Acknowledge the emotional challenges that both partners may face in the ostomy journey.
    • Foster open communication, empathy, and mutual support.

  2. Building a Supportive Network:
    • Connect with couples’ support groups to share experiences and resources.
    • Foster relationships with healthcare professionals experienced in supporting partners in the ostomy journey.

  3. Coping with Changes in Intimacy and Relationships:
    • Navigate changes in intimacy with open communication and understanding.
    • Explore adaptive solutions and seek professional guidance if needed.

Advocacy and Empowerment: Partners in Health and Wellness

  1. Advocating for Partner’s Well-Being:
    • Advocate for the healthcare needs, preferences, and rights of the partner with ostomy.
    • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to ensure personalized and compassionate care.

  2. Facilitating Inclusive Social Environments:
    • Advocate for inclusive spaces and social environments that support individuals with ostomy.
    • Foster understanding and empathy within broader social circles.

  3. Celebrating Achievements and Milestones:
    • Acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and milestones in the ostomy journey, promoting a positive and uplifting atmosphere.

Conclusion: A Journey of Unwavering Support and Growth Together

As partners navigate the complexities of the ostomy journey, this guide stands as a companion in their pursuit of understanding, resilience, and empowerment. From comprehending ostomy care fundamentals to fostering emotional resilience and advocating for well-being, the journey is a shared one. Together, let’s celebrate the strength, dedication, and growth that define partners supporting individuals with ostomy. Explore the resources, support networks, and knowledge tailored to the unique needs of partners, and stride confidently into a future of unwavering support and thriving relationships.

Sign Petition

Ostomy Canada is petitioning the Ontario Government to: "Respect the ADP mandate to cover 75% of the average cost of ostomy supplies and would like your help by adding your name. Once we have a sufficient # of signatures, the petition will be brought to the Ontario Legislature by The NDP Health Critic.