Living with Disabilities
Respecting dignity and independence
When working with people with disabilities, or interacting with people with disabilities in your daily life, it is important that you are able to communicate, assist and address in a way that respects their dignity and independence.
March of Dimes Canada provides a wide range of services to people with physical disabilities throughout the country which includes some suggestions for how you can make certain the delivery of accessible and inclusive services and support are appropriate.
Ways you can support people unable to wash, dress or manage the bathroom themselves:
- Provide superior incontinence protection with effective absorption and odor protection disposable products like Tranquility, Abena, Aniva, Molicare and Prevail.
- Many who can stand up while being changed prefer incontinence underwear products that pull up like regular underwear.
- For people who need to be changed while reclining, there are excellent incontinence products to help make that process easier. They include options like stretchy sides or tabs for better fit offered by Aniva, Prevail and Tranquility that are quick, easy and less strenuous on the caregiver's back.
- For dependent or non-autonomous people alike, increase the "staying power" of incontinence products with Tranquility Booster Pads used with any disposable brief or undergarment to provide extra absorption.
- Always keep fresh protective products within easy reach of the bed or toilet. Underwear products that tear at the sides provide convenient and clean removal for an individual who can be changed while assisted standing. A trash can with a lid in the bathroom or bedroom for used product makes for a more pleasant atmosphere.
- Superior incontinence products designed to quickly draw moisture away from the skin help reduce the risk of skin irritation. The best available, large sized wet wipes by Prevail can prove easier and gentler on the skin than regular toilet paper, particularly when removing feces.