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DMD and Self-Managing Toileting

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and Self-Managing Toileting
DMD
Part 1   Urinals
Perceptions of maturity flow from going out independently into the community. As upper body strength deteriorates, adjusting clothing and using a standard urinal can be daunting. Privacy, independence and self-determination can all be prolonged by managing toileting for as long as practicable.
The Problem
CHOICE
Urinals come in all shapes, sizes and preferences. But they become increasingly heavy and require the ability to use  a toilet with disabled access.
URINALS
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Try sliding one foot from the footplate onto a toilet seat, chair or bed. Using your joystick, lower the wheelchair seat for better access up the shorts leg.
URIBAG
A UriBag is a hard plastic cylinder with a rubber bladder folded inside. UriBags are small, light, discrete and easily tucked out of sight in a pocket or within reach. Cost AUD$ 25 approx.
HYGIENE
All urinals should be rinsed after use and disinfected regularly. Extra life can be given a UriBag by rinsing in warm soapy water. Leave to dry and sprinkle rubber bladder with talcum powder.
Don’t deny yourself fluids to avoid asking for help or to avoid accidents. Dehydration is detrimental to your body, including ...
CELLS
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
LUNGS
MENTAL FOCUS
     Further Reading:       http://tinyurl.com/toiletingbooklet
At some point, assistance with urinals is required.  When even a UriBag becomes problematic, you can progress to using a sheath and leg bag to remain independent.
DMD and Self-Managing Toileting by Deborah Robins                               is licensed under a Creative Commons                                             Attribution-NonCommercial                                 4.0 International License.  2015                NB Not to be construed as medical advice
     http://tinyurl.com/legbagtips