Joy, celebration, relaxation, and moments well-spent with family and friends: these are the things we hope to experience during the holiday season. But when caregiving is part of our current reality, our expectations of past holidays—including our traditions, rituals, and routines—must shift. Unwelcome changes to these steadfast traditions (and the grief that goes with it) can make the holidays challenging for all involved.
For caregivers who are managing a loved one’s incontinence needs, stress and anxiety is heightened during the holidays more than any other time of the year—especially since many families receive more visitors between Thanksgiving and Christmas. More people in the house for longer periods of time can be disruptive for the incontinence caregiver as she struggles to discretely manage sensitive incontinence needs—and maintain her loved one’s regular toileting schedule.
In addition to extended stay visitors, the holiday season also creates an uptick in festive social and community outings: a tree-lighting ceremony in town, a Christmas choral concert, or a day scheduled for holiday shopping that is simply part of the holiday routine and can’t be missed. But crowds and chaotic schedules, traffic and travel, long lines in public restrooms—and long walks to them—just adds more stress and worry, and many opt to stay home instead.
A person living with incontinence—and his caregiver—are constantly considering the what ifs, especially during the busy holiday season:
- What if I don’t get to the bathroom in time?
- What if my supply doesn’t discreetly fit in my purse?
- What if there isn’t a bathroom available?
EGOSAN (one of our Caregiving Advice sponsors) hopes to eliminate the what ifs for you and your loved one now—and all year round.
The company’s innovative incontinence products, designed in and imported from Italy, provide a high-quality, high-comfort alternative to what’s been available on the market thus far. Extended absorption lessens the need for frequent changes, and the overall design—rooted in comfort, independence, and dignity with eco-friendly and moisture-wicking qualities—ensures coverage and confidence anyone living with incontinence.
With the caregiver’s always hectic schedule in mind, EGOSAN makes supply management easier too: providing the ability to order products 24-hours a day through Amazon (no more late night trips to the pharmacy or grocery store, or asking a spouse to stop by on the way home).
On Thanksgiving and even Christmas day, EGOSAN continues to receive and ship orders so there is no lapse in coverage. Amazon also offers automatic refills of orders, so if you’re a long-distance caregiver wanting to support your family from afar, why not gift a subscription?
Let the holidays be a time of joy, celebration, and time well-spent with family and friends, minus the worries of incontinence care.