Comfort Keepers Believes in Helping Our Opelika Neighbors Develop an Incontinence Care Plan for Their Loved Ones
Here in the US, there are millions of adults who go through every day of their lives suffering from adult incontinence. Many consider it to be a "silent" problem simply because no one is willing to talk about it as they are too embarrassed by its symptoms. Yet, if more people were willing to discuss their concerns, it would be much easier to work with them to create an incontinence care plan that would allow them to work, go out with family and friends, and enjoy life.
You might be surprised at how many adults live with incontinence:
- The National Association for Continence reports that more than half of all adults in the US live with incontinence.
- At the same time, there are over 25 million adults over the age of 40 living with urinary or bowel incontinence, some live with both.
- In a recent report from Senior Living.org, it was noted that more than 50% of seniors in nursing homes across the nation live with urinary incontinence.
With over 25 million adults living with some level of incontinence, you would think there would be at least some level of conversation about this debilitating condition. Yet, because it causes so much embarrassment, most people do their best to keep it a secret rather than seek out an appropriate plan.
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Not One But Six Types of Incontinence
The average person tends to think of incontinence only in terms or either bowel or urinary incontinence. Yet in reality, before you can develop an incontinence care plan for your loved ones, you need to understand there are six different types of adult incontinence. They are:
1.Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both emotional and physical stress.
2.Functional Incontinence – the person doesn't realize it's time to go to the toilet.
3.Urge Incontinence – or an overactive bladder results from involuntary muscle spasms.
4.Stress Incontinence – caused by coughing, sneezing, or bending over.
5.Overflow Incontinence – a blockage in the person's urinary tract, prevents the flow of urine.
6.Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both stress and urge incontinence.
Adult Incontinence Affect More Than Seniors
When it comes to adult incontinence, most people tend to think of it as a condition limited to senior citizens. However, research shows that people as young as 40 can suffer from this affliction. According to a study published by the National Association for Continence, one-fifth of American adults over 40 live with adult incontinence and few seek out a plan that offers some level of relief. While it is true that to some extent age may play a role in adult incontinence, there are several other lifestyle factors that can also lead to incontinence, including:
- Irregular bathroom habits
- Medical Issues
Is There Anything I Can Do To Help My Loved One?
If you are like many of our clients' family caregivers, you want to help by working to find the best incontinence care plan for your loved one. The best place to start is by talking to their medical provider to see if there is an underlying medical condition causing their incontinence. If there isn't one, you can try:
- Making sure they exercise including doing Kegels.
- Creating a bathroom schedule and helping them to stick to it.
- Talking to their doctor and if necessary, making changes to their medication.
- Monitoring and adjusting their eating habits.
What Can a Comfort Keepers Caregiver Do to Help?
Here at Comfort Keepers, we have skilled professional caregivers who offer a range of personal care services that include putting together a plan when needed. The plan they work with you and your loved one to create may include:
- Teaching exercises that help such as Kegels.
- Connecting them with support groups.
- Helping to plan outings by locating restrooms along the way and at their destination
- Developing a bathroom schedule based on monitoring.
- Monitoring food and drink intake.
- Assisting with toileting.
When It's Time to Talk to Your Loved One?
At some point in time, you will have to talk to your loved one about their incontinence so that you can move forward with creating an incontinence care plan. When that time comes, be sure you:
Pick a place where you can talk to them in private and when they seem to be ready to talk. Remember, your loved one is likely to be embarrassed.
Be sure to take your time and don't try to rush the conversation. Instead, work with your loved one and let the conversation set its own pace.
This should be a "no pressure" type of conversation, your loved one will let you know when they are ready to discuss options.
To help you better understand adult incontinence, these websites are full of useful information you might find useful when you are ready to have that conversation:
To learn more about how one of our caregivers can help develop and manage your loved one's incontinence, contact Comfort Keepers of Opelika, AL at (334) 530-6293 and schedule your free care consultation with one of our Care Managers.