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Looking good and feeling good: clothes to help promote continence

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VOL: 97, ISSUE: 20, PAGE NO: 60

Helen White, RGN, RHV, is director, PromoCon 2001, Manchester

Debra Holland was clothing adviser at the Style Centre, Disabled Living, Manchester, at the time of writing

The value of well-chosen clothing for children and adults with bladder or bowel-control problems must never be underestimated. Anyone with functional impairment - difficulties with dexterity, balance or mobility - is at risk of continence problems. Such people often endure unnecessary difficulties that could be alleviated by making simple adaptations to their everyday clothes.

The value of well-chosen clothing for children and adults with bladder or bowel-control problems must never be underestimated. Anyone with functional impairment - difficulties with dexterity, balance or mobility - is at risk of continence problems. Such people often endure unnecessary difficulties that could be alleviated by making simple adaptations to their everyday clothes.

Clothing is often directly related to self-esteem. By shopping around and choosing easy-to-manage styles; or making small, discreet changes to their own clothes, the management of continence becomes simpler, the person feels more confident and his or her self-esteem is boosted.

When choosing clothes it is worth bearing in mind that man-made fabrics tend to hold odours and begin to smell more quickly than natural fibres. Cotton or silk underwear is preferable to polyester or nylon.

Clothes do not have to be made specially for the management of continence. Details of services that will carry out alterations to clothing can be found in local telephone directories. Alternatively, the Style Centre at Disabled Living can offer advice on practical clothing that looks goods too.

USEFUL ADDRESSES
Style Centre

Disabled Living

St Chad's Street

Manchester M8 8QA

Tel 0161 832 3678

Fax 0161 835 3591

Email stylecentre@disabledliving.co.uk

www.disabledliving.co.uk

PromoCon 2001

Redbank House

St Chad's Street

Manchester M8 8QA

Tel 0161 834 2001

Fax 0161 839 1066

Email Promocon2001@disabledliving.co.uk

www.promocon2001.co.uk

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