What is Coloplast® Care?

Coloplast Care is a support programme open to anyone* with a stoma or due to have ostomy surgery.

Coloplast Care is a personal support program that offers support and advice when you need it. You will get access to inspirational stories by real ostomates, as well as information and tips on everyday life with a stoma. You will also get access to the Ostomy Check - a tool to help identify any issues you are having with your stoma - as well as access to our dedicated team of advisors and specialists. We’re here to help you live a better life by helping you do more of the things you like to do.

 

*Coloplast Care is open to anyone - no matter what brand of product you use or wherever you get it from.

Support & advice for all ostomates

Over the next few months we will be launching a new and improved Care programme to help support your life with a stoma. With the new programme, you will receive access to:

  • The Ostomy Check: Your way to assess your stoma for common issues
  • Information and advice on living with a stoma
  • Our team of specialised Coloplast Care advisors for product information & further support

Once the new Care programme is ready, we will be in touch again. In the meantime, if you have any challenges with your stoma that we can help you with, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Examples of Coloplast Care

Whether you are expecting to go through stoma surgery in the future or have years of experience, the advice you get through Coloplast Care can help you do more of the things you like to do.

Food & drink Food & drink Learn how to adjust your diet and drinking habits to accommodate your stoma Read more about food & drink with a stoma
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Food & drink with a stoma

Enjoying a meal at a restaurant is one of life's great joys - and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be able to do that after your surgery, assuming your doctor has given the green light to resume a normal diet. You might have already tried dining out again, but it is completely understandable if you do not feel quite ready yet.

Choose a familiar place

No matter what, a good strategy is to start with a familiar restaurant and keep it simple when ordering. There is no need to be overly cautious, just be sensible. In the beginning, however, you may want to order a type of food that you have already tried at home first so you know how you will be likely to react. As you gradually expand your diet, you will feel more confident when eating out as well.

Show restraint when drinking

Even if you are used to having a drink at home, it could well be best to 'start small'. For example, drink a small beer rather than a large one. This will help your body build up your tolerance to alcohol again and help lessen – or completely avoid - any reactions.



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Sport & exercise Sport & exercise Learn why sport and exercise are good for both you and your stoma. Read more about sport & exercise with a stoma
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Sport & exercise with a stoma

Exercising makes your everyday life easier to manage. Especially in the months after your surgery, where it can really help speed up the recovery, as the physical activity gives you more energy and makes you stronger and better equipped to cope with illnesses. Furthermore, exercise can prevent complications that may otherwise occur from sitting or lying down too long.

Being fit can make your pouch fit even better

A great side effect of exercising – and for many people the main reason for exercise in the first place – is weight-loss or weight-maintenance. Depending on the shape of your stoma a firmer, flatter abdomen could make it easier to get a tight fit from your ostomy appliance, thereby minimizing leakage risks. So by exercising and losing weight there is a good chance you can reduce some of the problems you might have otherwise had.



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Social life Social life From going out on the town to staying home with friends, this is where you’ll find tips on rebuilding your social life with a stoma. Read more about socialising
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Socialising

Don't let your stoma keep you at home

Though most things are easier in the comfort of home, it is really important to get back to doing all the things that you were doing before your surgery. That includes going out.

Will it be awkward?

It is only natural to be concerned about having to explain yourself to new people, but remember that you do not owe them an explanation of your condition.

Have a short explanation ready

Sometimes, preparing a short and confident explanation will help put your mind at ease for the rest of the evening. For instance, you could explain that you've been unwell, and because of that you've had major surgery and now wear an ostomy pouch. Avoid being too technical, and be open to questions - without over-sharing. Never feel you have to explain details of your surgery to everyone who asks.

 


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