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Continence and Personal Care backing to protect the bed or seat. “They can be used alone or in “A specialised device like a to a stop valve. Drainage bags can condom (also called a urodome) fits be secured to the leg under clothing addition to pads and pants. These over the penis, sticking to the skin during the day or to a night bag, protectors can be disposable or with a self-adhesive material. The which holds larger volumes of urine, reusable and are designed to draw the device connects to a small capacity and hung on the bedside overnight. A urine away from the body,” she said. drainage bag which collects the urine catheter is used only if necessary and and is strapped onto the man’s leg. is prescribed by a doctor or specialist. “They are often used at night to help with a good night’s sleep, A larger drainage bag can be used undisturbed by a wet bed. These overnight,” she said. pads are not designed for faecal “As some men prefer a condom Funding for continence aids "There are a number of funding incontinence, so a disposable pad drainage system to an incontinence schemes available for continence should always be worn as well where pad, it is often worth trialling the products funded by the Australian faecal incontinence may occur. product. Condom drainage comes in Government," Mrs Cockerell said. Waterproof options of mattresses, a variety of sizes and lengths and it is "It is important to note that the doonas and pillows are also available.” important to seek professional advice person you care for may be eligible for the correct fit.” to apply for government funding Urodome drainage for men through various schemes and your Some men prefer to use a condom Catheters local continence clinic or the National drainage system for containment of A catheter is a hollow tube which Continence Helpline can provide urinary incontinence, according to Mrs drains urine directly from the bladder information." Cockerell. into a drainage bag or is connected linkonline.com.au www.continence.org.au continence and personal care 49