Do you have a “Wee” problem?
Do you find, as you get older, that the number of “comfort breaks” you need to take throughout the day are gradually increasing?
Not quite what you would call incontinence at this stage, but more of an inconvenience?
Have you begun to avoid visiting certain locations, when you are not sure whether rest rooms will be available when you get there?
Are you now an expert on the location and condition of bathrooms in your local area, establishing the best way-points to get you through your weekly shop?
If so, this post is for you!
Are you busting?
Yes, I’m talking toilets once again. But please bear with me because I’m sure you will find the information in this post valuable.
If not right now, in the future.
Even a little bit of incontinence isn’t fun. But on the positive side I am grateful that we do have public toilets available in many locations here in Australia.
Even so, finding a toilet in a hurry and getting there “in time” can be a huge challenge!
And once found, the cleanliness may not always meet our own standards. According to my blogger friend Aunt Beulah, now that technology is showing up in some conveniences, they can be something of a mental test as well.
Not to mention the physical difficulties presented to we more mature individuals, which I will leave to my friend Grandma Williams to describe in greater detail.
The cutting edge of incontinence
It was news to me that here in Australia we have a National Continence Management Strategy. This, as well as Information and advice on how to manage incontinence, is available HERE.
Our National Public Toilet map, started in 2001, is proof positive that Australia has been at the cutting edge of the provision of toilet information online – for the public at large and for the “weak of bladder” senior citizen in particular. They don’t call us “The lucky country” for nothing . . .
Here are 10 tips for pee-planning your day that will give you the confidence to really enjoy it.
If you are planning a day trip to unfamiliar locations, you need to do your research and pee planning beforehand, based on the capacity of your bladder, and that of your companion if you are lucky enough to have one.
“Go” before you leave. We’ve been telling our kids this for years, but don’t forget to do it yourself. And after you’re done, give it another try!
Don’t make your incontinence worse by drinking too much alcohol, tea or coffee before your trip. Drink water instead to keep yourself hydrated.
Know your “pee interval” – how often do you usually need to “go”? Plan for a shorter interval.
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For the ladies, use a panty-liner in case of worst case scenario accidents. Carry a spare pair of underpants in a plastic bag so you can use it if anything gets wet. Take along a dark colored sarong or a spare jacket so that you could, if needed, cover any telltale signs of leakage by tying it around your waist. If you think you might be better off with incontinence pads, get your free samples from TENA before you go.
Carry a pack of moist towelettes or put a wet wash-cloth into a plastic bag in your purse, in case you need to clean up.
Plan your route and your day. Which places will you visit at approximately what time, and where will you stop? Use Google maps to estimate times and distances. Turn on traffic on the day to find out about any bottlenecks. Get your free check-list HERE. And don’t forget to fill up on gas!
Find out where the toilets along your route are. The toilet maps in the below links might help, depending on your location, but search online for more.
Check that the public toilets will be open at the time you need them. If you are wanting to extend your trip to the evening hours or week-ends, you may find yourself locked out. In this situation, look for accessible rest rooms in shopping malls, restaurants, bars, cinema complexes or petrol stations. Give them a call beforehand if you want to be sure.
If you’re travelling by car, will you be able to park near the public toilets and will you have enough coins handy for any meters? Use Parkopedia to find parking spots. This map is especially useful because you can filter for disability spaces. It is getting harder and harder to find a free one these days. The parking map will tell you the distance from a parking space to your destination, as well as the cost and the opening times.
Finally, add the toilet finder and parking app to your smartphone*.
Thank you for visiting Maddy at Home. Now you can forget all about that weak bladder and have a great trip! Be sure to let me know how you get on, in the comments.
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*If you don’t have a smart phone, make sure you put one on your Christmas list right now. I know some of you said “I don’t need a smart phone”. They can be pricey I know.
But why don’t you ask a youngster to remember you when they upgrade to a new phone? (They do it all the time!) You will be helping the environment by using a phone that would otherwise be discarded.
And you will be able to use your pre-loved smartphone to find out where your nearest toilet is. Just ask that teenager to download the apps before they gift you the phone. They will be delighted to show off their superior know-how. If you can’t find a teenager, try your local library. Here is what they will need to know . . .
For an iPhone, search iTunes, and for Android phones search Google Play. Most of the toilet finders can be found on either site. Flush! is at the top of my list because it’s very easy to use and sometimes it even tells you if there is a fee, or if you need to collect a key. But you could also try Toilet Finder, Bathroom Scout or many others.
. . . and while they are about it, get your geek to give you the Parkopedia as well so that it will be right there on your phone when you need it.