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Attesting to the fact that it is a VERY helpful thread as bowel incontinence is quickly becoming the new reality for my mom.
So far at least, those "pretty" Always Discreet pants have proven invaluable for both urine AND bowel incontinence. Pricey but worth every penny. She's only had a few instances where anything has escaped and it's been very little.
The Huggies toddler wipes don't seem to irritate her as much. For cleanup, I start with paper towels and a tiny bit of antibacterial soap to get the initial casualties and then turn to those wipes. If it's too bad, and I can get her to do it, I bundle her into the shower and use the handheld showerhead. If you don't have one, GET ONE. They help a lot. And to think I almost had mine taken out (came with house I bought last year).
When her skin does look like it's getting irritated, I use a cream called Recticare. If I start using it immediately, the irritation clears up fast. If it gets kind of bad, it will take 2-3 days to get the job done. It's kind of pricey ($25/tube at Walmart) but it does work.
Hardest parts: keeping her from "digging in the garden" and subsequently spreading the "dirt" onto fixtures, TP, clothing, etc.
If you've gone through/are going through this, too, what has worked for you, including helping to minimize the aftermath?
At the suggestion of a long term care giver at the MC unit my DW has been in for 7 months, I went to Wallmart and purchased a "warmer" for those baby wipes. It brings up the warmth on those other wise cold wet wipes. It is not the cold shock when wiping up BM's. Helps keep her from jumping off the floor when touched.
Also they use the tear off "diapers", to hold down the clean up area..
As a side note, any time a diaper is changed it goes into a plastic bag, and is removed from the bathroom when finished. That way the "nursing home smell" is not there. One of the reasons we picked this place,as it passed the smell test.
When my mother would have the bm accidents I would also use the hand held shower for easier clean up and, once she was dry I would apply a small layer of the cream. The Desitin seemed to form a water barrier and kept her skin dryer. Same as it does for babies. Not sure what the Preparation H was for but the combo seemed to work pretty good.
When my mom was still at home we were giving her a very small glass of prune juice (maybe half a cup) with breakfast instead of ducaloax or a laxative to keep her regular.
And similar to the other responses, we had her on a bathroom break schedule and kept track of bowel movements.