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Products Available at Allanda

31.07.2008 | Posted in: Allanda, Incontinence, Products | Author: Samantha Hall

If you are experiencing incontinence then Allanda can supply just about every product, you need to make managing incontinence that bit easier.

Allanda’s product range includes disposable products, washable products, bed protection, skin care and disposal units.

As well as this we also supply accessories and hygiene products to help you manage incontinence.

To make it even easier for you we even have a separate category for Men and Women on the Allanda website, how handy is that!

If all this isn’t enough, then we also provide sample packs so that you can find the right products for you.

Visit our website today to buy online or request a catalogue.

Carer Meets Prime Minister to Discuss New Government Carer’ Strategy

30.07.2008 | Posted in: Allanda, Carers, News | Author: Samantha Hall

Vice- chairwoman of the Exeter branch of Carers UK and a trustee of the organisation, Rosemary Whitehurst, met the Prime Minister when he unveiled his plan for carers.

The strategy covers training for GPs, health and social care professionals to help them understand carers’ needs better, pilots for annual health checks for carers and an awareness campaign among employers to ensure they understood carers’ rights to request flexible working.

Ms Whitehurst said: ‘There is much here that has the potential to bring about real changes for the better in carers’ lives, but what is missing?’

‘Carers will be very disappointed there is no announcement of changes to the Carers’ Allowance, especially since carers have repeatedly told the Government that this was their number one priority.’

‘It is Carers UK’s belief that carers are still discriminated against in employment and other aspects of daily living and this is something, along with carers’ benefits, that they will continue to campaign on.’

The strategy plans to spend an extra £150m over two years on carers’ breaks. The county portion will be given to Devon Primary Care Trust.

Ms Whitehurst said it had been an experience to visit 10 Downing St. ‘We had to go through stringent security checks.’

‘Gordon Brown gave a warm and appreciative speech about carers and the work they do and invited us to have a look round the house including the cabinet room.’

The Different Types of Incontinence

25.07.2008 | Posted in: Advice, Allanda, Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Stress Incontinence
This is the most common type of incontinence and is common in women after childbirth or menopause. Usually only a small amount of urine leaks out but this can be enough to cause embarrassment or concern. This often happens due to physical exertion.

Urge Incontinence
Urge is the second most common type of incontinence. It is also known as an overactive bladder. With this type of bladder weakness, the bladder contracts involuntarily, leading to the release of large amounts of urine.

Overflow Incontinence
This is common in older men, the urine outflow tube passes through the middle of the prostate, and any enlargement of this gland presses on the urethra (urine tube). This makes it difficult for the bladder to empty and fill up completely, and a pool of urine constantly remains in the bladder

Reflex Incontinence
Having no control over their bladder at all is called reflex bladder. Some people have it all their lives or it can develop after injury or illness.

Mixed Incontinence
The experience of mixed symptoms at the same time.

Faecal Incontinence
Faecal incontinence is the involuntary leakage of faecal material from the back passage. This type of incontinence may occur only occasionally or it may be a persistent problem of many years’ duration.

Whichever type of incontinence you may have, Allanda can provide the right best protection to suit you and your lifestyle.

Advice on Managing Incontinence

23.07.2008 | Posted in: Advice, Allanda, Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

In many cases bladder weakness can be cured. It depends on what has caused your bladder weakness in the first place. A toilet habit training programme, change in diet or regular exercise may be all you need in order to regain control and your confidence.

Allanda always recommend you see your GP or local continence advisor so that they can recommend the best course of action. There are also different kinds of medication they may consider to help minimize or manage your condition.

If you are using disposable or re-usable pads or underwear then making sure it is comfortable and fits closely to your body is important to minimize any chance of leaks and ensure you feel confident to get on with life. It is a good idea to make sure that getting to the toilet in a hurry is easy and that no obstacles stand in your way.

Whatever you do, it is a good idea is to discuss your bladder weakness with your partner. Openly discussing your situation with them will be rewarded by a greater, mutual understanding and, probably a strong sense of relief.

The most common types of incontinence are Stress and Urge incontinence.

Allanda provides incontinence products to suit you and your specific needs.

For more help and advice on incontinence please click here.

Carers' Landmark Win on Employment Rights

18.07.2008 | Posted in: Carers, News | Author: Samantha Hall

There was a landmark victory yesterday for Britain’s six million carers, when the European Court of Justice upheld the right of a woman who was refused time off work to look after her disabled son.

Sharon Coleman, who worked as a legal secretary in south London, fought her case for three years.

She said yesterday: ‘All I was ever asking for was an equal playing field with the same flexibility afforded to my colleagues without disabled children.’

‘This has been a long, hard battle and it is not over yet, but I am thrilled that the European court has ruled in my favour. This decision will mean so much too so many people.’

Her case will now return to an employment tribunal in London which will rule on the facts, and consider how British law needs amending.

Coleman described in evidence how she was picked on by managers after giving birth in 2002. Her son Oliver suffered from the start from deafness and respiratory problems. She claimed that her requests for time off were treated differently from colleagues who asked for time for hospital visits or other tasks involving their children.

The key passage of the court ruling says: ‘Where an employer treats an employee who is not himself disabled less favourably than another employee in a comparable situation, and it is established that the less favourable treatment of that employee is based on the disability of his child, whose care is provided primarily by that employee, such treatment is contrary to the prohibition of direct discrimination laid down by the directive.’

Ground Breaking Incontinence Treatment for Women

16.07.2008 | Posted in: News | Author: Samantha Hall

A new ground breaking incontinence treatment is starting to be used by doctors in the UK. This new incontinence treatment consists of jab in the ankle to stimulate a nerve that helps control muscles in the bladder.

According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence:

More than five million women in England and Wales suffer from urinary incontinence.

The condition affects nearly three times as many women as men, mainly because childbirth is one of the leading causes of some types of incontinence.

A very small needle is inserted a few centimetres above either ankle till it reaches the tibial nerve. The tibial nerve runs from the bottom of the spine to the sole of the foot and is connected to a group of nerves, these nerves are known as the sacral nerves and these nerves control the bladder.

Once the needle is in place, it is connected to a small generator that produces low level electric impulses down the needle along the tibial nerve and then to the sacral nerves in the bladder. The process last for 30 minutes and has to be done only once a week for 12 weeks.

Stimulating the tibial nerve to restore bladder problems is well known technique amongst many urologists but till now the only way to reach the tibial nerve was by operation and implanting a small device that was wired to end of the nerves.

This new incontinence treat is much lower risk  and has proven to be very effective.

Incontinence and bed wetting amongst Teens – Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies

14.07.2008 | Posted in: News | Author: Colin

The makers of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies contacted us this morning. Following the success of the series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ in April, they have now been commissioned to make 4 prime-time specials focusing on teenagers which will be broadcast across a week in a high profile health season on Channel 4. Each of these one hour specials will focus on a theme and is designed to both educate and entertain through informative awareness campaigns and character-led stories focusing on individual patients with related conditions.

They are keen to talk to as many teenagers as possible for research and also with a view to them potentially taking part. They are especially keen to explore bed wetting in teens as they are aware that this is extremely common and if not treated early this may cause further problems in adult life. They are particularly interested in brave teens that would be willing to act as a case study to help educate others who may live with a similar condition.

If you have a child between the ages of 13-19 and you are worried about their health they would like to hear from you. In fact if you or your child is anxious about any medical problem and want to find out more then they are keen for you to get in touch! The team can be contacted via email at s.carty@mavericktv.co.uk or by telephone on 0207 874 6672.

If selected, your child’s condition will be treated by professionals and you will receive top quality surgery (if appropriate) and treatment. Your involvement will raise awareness about your child’s condition, helping others experiencing the same issues to seek the treatment they need.

Daily Mirror seeks someone with experience of Stress Incontinence

10.07.2008 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Samantha Hall

We’ve been contacted by Ruth Tierney who is writing an article for the Daily Mirror on Stress Incontinence. As part of the article they are looking for a lady under 50 who has experienced stress incontinence at some point in their life. If you would like the opportunity to share your experiences of this condition with others then please contact Ruth at tierneyruth@aol.com or contact us and we will pass on your details. The article is due to feature soon so please contact Ruth or ourselves before 14th July.

Pelvic Exercises Alleviate Stress Incontinence

10.07.2008 | Posted in: Allanda, Incontinence, Products, Urinary Incontinence | Author: Samantha Hall

Pelvic exercises can be the answer to some kinds of womens incontinence, many women have experienced benefits from this exercises. Pelvic floor muscles are like any other muscle in the human body, so it can get bigger and stronger if exercised. Around 25% of stress incontinence is cured by pelvic exercises.

Before jumping to conclusions it’s advisable to see a doctor and let him or her give a more precise diagnosis of your incontinence problem.

Specialists can help patients see how well they are doing with their pelvic exercises by inserting an electrode into the patient’s vagina before squeezing the muscle, the electrode has a micro-camera so patients will see their muscle activity on a TV screen. This helps the patient understand how tight they need to squeeze in order to prevent stress incontinence.

There are two types of pelvic exercises, both proven to increase strength of the pelvic floor muscles. One is called ‘slow pull ups’ and the other is called ‘fast pull ups’, both are very simple, you can choose whether to be standing, sitting or lying, for the slow pull ups you need to tighten and pull the pelvic muscle as hard as they can, hold it for at least five seconds and repeat it five times. For the fast pull ups stay on the same position and pull the muscle quickly and tightly and relax immediately, also repeat it five times.

As any other exercise they need to be done regularly, most Doctors recommend doing them at least 10 times a day for greater results against incontinence. For more help and advise in managing your incontinence please contact us at Allanda

Carers Still Require More Help

08.07.2008 | Posted in: Carers, News | Author: Samantha Hall

The standing commission on carers has met for the first time since the government’s launch of its Carers’ Strategy last month. The strategy was set up for carers to have the opportunity to be valued for their contribution to society.

However, serious questions remain about whether resources will be available to achieve what the strategy is promising. And unsurprisingly, disappointment was voiced over the failure to give carers an immediate financial rise of the current £50.55 per week carer’s allowance.

On the positive side it is thought that within 10 years, carers should finally be recognised as expert partners in care, have a life of their own and not be forced into financial hardship by their role.

Director-general for social care David Behan, has presented the commission with some of the background information and figures on why the UK needs a new care and support system.

The role of the standing commission is to ensure the government remains committed to the carers’ strategy aims, but also that carers are integral to next year’s planned green paper and their financial wellbeing taken into account in the next government spending review.