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Carers UK Forum • Catheter help
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Catheter help

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:29 am
by Karen_21021
I feel like I'm being selfish, I care for my mam who i live with, she has been learning to walk after covid she caught in December, she has been home since March. I've had a weekend, one night away booked for over a year, I'm desperately in need of a break, I haven't had time away from home in 2 years my mam has a foley catheter and wears a night bag to bed which is upstairs. She's fine going up with me holding her nightbag but worried she might fall if she tries to carry it herself. I feel awful leaving her, but want to get away for my sanity. Does anyone have any advice for carrying a long tube nightbag upstairs please?
I'm considering not going away which will cause problems for others. It's just a short distance from where I live. Thanks

Re: Catheter help

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 12:45 pm
by Ayjay
Does she use a leg bag during the day, or just a flip/flow valve?

If she uses a leg bag, leave it attached and then let her attach the night bag directly to the leg bag once she's upstairs. This is better that substituting the night bag for a leg bag anway as there is less risk of introducing infection, every time a bag is detached from the catheter it's a risk.

Alternatively, if you get elastic straps with the bags, use a long one to strap the night bag around her waist whilst she goes up the stairs.

Re: Catheter help

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 2:38 pm
by Karen_21021
Thanks Ajay unfortunately she can't put the nightbag on herself, either myself or the carers have to do it. Strapping it up may be a possibility

Re: Catheter help

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2021 6:42 pm
by bowlingbun
The carers need to be timed to coincide with going upstairs.

Re: Catheter help

Posted: Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:38 am
by Karen_21021
bowlingbun wrote:
Thu Sep 30, 2021 6:42 pm
The carers need to be timed to coincide with going upstairs.
Unfortunately the carers finish around 8, she refuses to go to bed before 11.00 as she doesn't well