YOU’RE NOT ALONE
IT’S MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK
WHAT IS INCONTINENCE?
Incontinence is a term that describes any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or involuntary bowel motion, faeces or wind from the bowel (faecal or bowel incontinence).
Incontinence is a widespread condition that ranges in severity from a few drops of urine to complete loss of bladder or bowel control.
RISK FACTORS FOR INCONTINENCE
Parity, pregnancy and mode of delivery
Ethnicity and race
Menopausal replacement therapy
LUTS and infections
of people say that incontinence is a taboo subject in their country⁴
of people say they’ve never talked to their friends about their incontinence⁴
of people say they’ve never talked to their family about their incontinence⁴
of people say they had never talked to their partner about their incontinence⁴
say they wish society was more open about urinary incontinence⁴
7/10 of people say that more education is needed on urinary incontinence⁴
IMPACT ON OVERALL LIFE
of people said it has a negative impact on emotional wellbeing⁴
of people said incontinence has a negative impact on their self esteem⁴
say incontinence has a negative impact on overall life⁴
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
In the UK it is estimated that 1 in 5 people of all ages are living with bladder problems
That’s roughly equal to all the people aged over 60 in the UK
The NHS estimates that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence.⁵
In the UK,
24% of older people
are affected by urinary incontinence. Of those older people in institutional care, 30-60% are affected by urinary incontinence, and 25% by bowel incontinence.⁵
A study in 2002 found that 32% of women in the UK, 34% in Germany, 32% in France and 15% in Spain had symptoms of urinary incontinence in the previous 30 days.⁵
Men, on the other hand, are more likely to have urinary retention due to prostate gland enlargement as they age.⁵
In 2002 the American-based International Federation for Gastrointestinal Disorders surveyed people who live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and found that 25% of respondents with IBS reported loss of bowel control.⁵
Women are more likely to suffer from stress urinary incontinence than the effects of childbirth and the menopause.⁵
Half the female population will experience urinary incontinence at some time in their lives.⁵
6% of women between 15 to 44 experience continence issues.⁵
Over 10% of men over 65 have urinary incontinence to some degree.⁵
Faecal incontinence occurs in up to 6% of those under 40 and 15% of older people worldwide³
Combined faecal and urinary incontinence affects 10% of women worldwide and 6-10% of men living in the community, increasing to almost 50% in nursing home residents³
Bladder problems affect more than 200m people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.⁵
If UI (Urinary Incontinence) were a country, it would be the third-largest country in the world.³
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GEOGRAPHY AND URINARY INCONTINENCE⁶
HOW TO MANAGE INCONTINENCE
HARTMANN DIRECT IS HERE FOR YOU
WHO ARE WE?
HARTMANN Direct are leading suppliers of incontinence products, providing quality supplies to customers across the UK and to the NHS for nearly 30 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products, our discreet delivery service, customer service and reliability.
The values that HARTMANN Direct uphold are consistent across the HARTMANN brand. Our primary mission is to improve the healthcare experience for our customers, and our wide team of healthcare professionals and incontinence experts make this possible. HARTMANN Direct aim to provide more than just incontinence products to our customers. We also strive to provide expert advice and knowledge.
WHY TRUST HARTMANN DIRECT?
The HARTMANN family brand has been established since 1818, going further for healthcare each step of the way. Our customers come back to us time and time again for the quality of our products and service rating us 4.7 out of 5 on Feefo.
WHAT DO OUR CUSTOMERS THINK?
Providing excellent service to our customers is a priority. Our products are not just a necessary medical supply, they are often a factor in maintaining a good quality of life. See below how HARTMANN Direct products helped Adrienne’s husband Jeff regain confidence and normality in his day-to-day life after he was diagnosed with Dementia.
Incontinence is not the first thing you think of being associated with Dementia, but since my husband, Jeff, was officially diagnosed 4 years ago we’ve found out that its quite common. Jeff’s problem is not remembering quickly enough that he needs to go to the toilet during the day and thus having frequent accidents during the night. We tried to manage it ourselves to begin with by looking out for signs he needed the toilet and setting the alarm during the night to take him to the toilet. However, this became increasingly challenging especially at night as he was frequently soiling the bed.
This was upsetting and confusing for him and meant that I had to strip the bed, which resulted in very broken sleep for me as it always took me a while to fall back to sleep as I was waiting for the next accident. As a carer, I was exhausted and had lots of additional washing to do in the morning. I didn’t really know where to look, so tried some pads and pants from the supermarket. These are bulky to carry home and didn’t really manage the urine- it was a bit better but not great.
My son helped me look online and found HARTMANN Direct, we talked to the helpline to find some options to trythey were helpful and understanding.The MoliCare® pull up pants are much better for Jeff as they look like normal underwear, so he doesn’t get upset wearing them. He can still pull them up and down like normal pants, which helps him maintain his dignity.
We want him to keep his independence for as long as possible and minimise what is already a confusing world for him. MoliCare® pull up pants and HARTMANN Direct service has helped us enormously to regain some normality in our lives
Adrienne, October 2019