If the person you're caring for is not able to leave their bed to go to the bathroom, they may need to use a urinal. A urinal is a container used to collect urine. It is shaped to fit either a man or a woman. But some women might find it easier to use a bedpan.
If you are helping someone with a urinal, try to be relaxed. Helping with a urinal can be embarrassing for both of you. This may be especially true if you are caring for someone of the opposite sex. If you are calm and don't seem embarrassed, the person may feel more comfortable.
Start by gathering supplies. You will need a urinal, gloves, and toilet paper or wet wipes. Make sure you have a place to set the urinal aside while you help with wiping or getting dressed.
Wash and dry your hands well, and put on gloves. Have the person you're caring for take down their pants and underwear if they are female, or unzip their pants if they are male. Offer help if needed.
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Current as of: October 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Gayle E. Stauffer, RN - Registered Nurse & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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