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


We're still making final tweaks to to the Care programme. 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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The One Week Diet Plan

Monday

Breakfast: Porridge made with milk. Add a grated apple & a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra flavour.
Lunch: Tuna, chicken or cheese salad
Dinner: Parmesan chicken with vegetables

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Monday recipes

Porridge

Porridge made with milk.

Add a grated apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra flavour

For lower fibre choose Ready brek and skin the apple before grating.

For weight loss, choose skimmed milk or water to make the porridge.

A “super” salad

Take some finely chopped spinach, grated carrot, sweet peppers, sweetcorn, sugar snap peas, cooked beetroot and spring onion.

 Add in:

Grated cheese, a can of tuna, roast chicken or quorn pieces, 2 boiled eggs or ham

Make a dressing made from:

2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of garlic salt and ground black pepper with a dash of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of dried oregano.

 For lower fibre, microwave the grated carrot for a few seconds or immerse it into boiling water and chill, use flame grilled peppers which you can buy in jars, swap the sweetcorn for avocado and the sugar snap peas for blanched asparagus.

Parmesan chicken with vegetables

Prepare the parmesan crust for the chicken by using a food processor to make breadcrumbs from one slice of bread or mix shop bought breadcrumbs with about 30g of finely grated parmesan and finely chopped parsley.

Using a rolling pin, flatten a chicken breast by beating it a few times.

Put some flour and black pepper on a plate and use this to coat the chicken.

Dip the chicken breast in beaten egg then in the breadcrumb mix.

Heat about half a centimetre of oil in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and add the chicken. Allow it to brown evenly on both sides and check that it is cooked through before serving.

Serve with steamed carrots, broccoli and new potatoes.

For weight loss: skip the new potatoes and add another vegetable like cauliflower or green beans. 

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Tuesday

Breakfast: 2 x boiled eggs on toast
Lunch: Cous cous salad with flame-grilled peppers and feta
Dinner: Fish pie with green vegetables

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Tuesday recipes

Cous Cous Cous

Use a packet cous cous mix and prepare as per instructions.

Add flame grilled peppers or chopped fresh peppers, finely sliced tomato, sliced olives, shredded spinach and either feta, grilled halloumi, sliced chicken or quorn. 

Fish pie

Place about a pint of milk to a sauce pan with an onion cut into six pieces, a bay leaf (if you have one), and ground black pepper. Warm the milk and add a fish pie mix and a handful of prawns (if liked) and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Place a sieve over a bowl and drain the fish, reserving the milk for the sauce and discarding the onion.

In a sauce pan, melt a tablespoon of butter and add a heaped tablespoon of plain flour to make a paste or a roux. Cook the flour through by stirring the paste in the pan for about 3 minutes. Using a whisk, gradually add the milk that you used to poach the fish bit by bit, whisking in between, until you have a sauce. Don’t worry if there are a few lumps. If you haven’t had oily fish this week, add two skinned smoked mackerel fillets to the sauce and stir until the sauce is smooth again. Add the poached fish back into the sauce and add some chopped dill and a tablespoon of low fat crème fraiche.

Place in an oven dish and top with mashed potato and cheese.

Bake until the top is golden.

For weight loss, use skimmed milk and try mashed celeriac on top instead of potato. 

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Wednesday

Breakfast: 2 slices of wholegrain toast with peanut butter
Lunch: Thai butternut squash & cheese scone
Dinner: Homemade burger with salad and sweet potato fries

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Wednesday recipes

Home-made burger with salad and sweet potato fries

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.

For 2 people, take 2 medium sized sweet potatoes and slice them into thin(ish) chips – there is no need to peel them unless you prefer them peeled.

Drizzle them with oil, add salt, pepper and smoked paprika (about 1 teaspoon) and use your hands to make sure they are evenly coated. Add about 2 tablespoons of flour – rice flour works best but any flour will do. Again, use your hands to ensure they are evenly coated and add them to a preheated oven tray and put them in the oven. They will need turning after about 15 minutes but will probably need another 10 to crisp up a bit. If you turn them too much they will fall apart. If they are not colouring and getting crispy, turn your oven up to max and let them cook for another 8-10 minutes. 

Take 500g of lean mince and add 1 egg. Add seasoning of your choice – I like a teaspoon of smoked paprika or 2 teaspoons of jerk seasoning – add a pinch of salt and some black pepper. Take 1 slice of bread or an equivalent amount of any bread – I have resorted to using 5 oat cakes in the past – and make bread crumbs using a food processer. Add the bread crumbs to the mince and using your hands, combine all the ingredients until smooth. Form the mince into two or three balls (depending on how large you like your burger!) and then flatten. Heat a non-stick pan and place the burgers in, leaving for at least three-four minutes to allow one side to seal properly before you attempt to turn them. Remember colour is good so try not to worry about them burning! Flip your burgers and cook the other side. When you think they’re cooked through, add cheese and place under the grill to melt the cheese.

For weight loss:  Serve your burger with no bun but lots of salad, I like lambs lettuce with cucumber sliced into ribbons with a vegetable peeler and seasoned with salt and pepper.

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Thursday

Breakfast: Cereal  & milk
Lunch: Smoked mackerel pate with vegetable sticks
Dinner: Vegetable curry with rice

Friday

Breakfast: Fruit & yoghurt
Lunch: Savoury muffins and vegetable sticks
Dinner: Salmon nicoise salad

Saturday

Breakfast: Omelette & tomatoes
Lunch: Jacket potato with cottage cheese & salad
Dinner: Sausages & roasted root vegetables

Sunday

Breakfast: Bacon & tomatoes
Lunch: Baked frittata
Dinner: Mexican chicken with wholegrain wrap nachos

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