Comfort Keepers Offers Incontinence Care At Home in Jacksonville, FL
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Millions of Americans, including your family, friends, and neighbors spend the largest part of their adult lives dealing with adult incontinence. Not only is this unhealthy, but it can also have a major impact on every aspect of their lives from work to social events. The good news is that with the right incontinence care at home and products, it is possible to manage this condition and make it possible to enjoy life.
- There are over 25 million people over the age of 40who suffer from at least some type of incontinence.
- More than 50 percent of seniors living in nursing homes suffer from urinary incontinence.
- According to the National Association for Continence over 50 percent of senior adults suffer from urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, or both.
If millions of Americans suffer from adult incontinence, why isn't anyone talking about it? The simple answer is that most are too embarrassed by this condition and what its symptoms to consider help from Comfort Keepers.
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Adult Incontinence Comes in Six Forms
While adult incontinence covers both urinary and bowel incontinence, it is further divided into six sub-categories, each of which has its own causes. You need to know which one your loved one is suffering from in order to find the right course of treatment.
These are the six sub-categories into which adult incontinence are divided:
Overflow Incontinence –when a blocked urinary tract, prevents the proper flow of urine.
Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both stress and urge incontinence.
Stress Incontinence – caused by coughing, sneezing, or bending over
Functional Incontinence – the person doesn't realize it's time to go to the toilet.
Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both emotional and physical stress.
Urge Incontinence – or an overactive bladder results from involuntary muscle spasms.
Seniors Aren't the Only Ones with Adult Incontinence Issues
It's all too easy to think that the only people afflicted with adult incontinence are those over the age of 60. However, this condition can occur in adults as young as 40 and sometimes younger requiring incontinence care at home. In a recent report issued by the National Association for Continence, it was noted that out of every five adults in America, one admitted to living with some form of incontinence.
Before effective support can be developed, you need to have at least some idea of what is causing this problem. Talk to your loved one's doctor to see if there is a medical reason for their incontinence issues. If not, there may be other lifestyle behaviors behind it, including:
- Medical Issues
- Irregular bathroom habits
What Can Be Done to Reduce or Eliminate Adult Incontinence?
The first step is finding out what type of adult incontinence your loved one is dealing with. A quick trip to their doctor should help clear this up. Simple solutions like more exercise, a healthier diet, and establishing a schedule of when to go to the bathroom have been found to be quite effective. You may also want to talk to their doctor about any medications they are taking and whether incontinence is a side-effect.
How Can a Comfort Keepers Caregiver Help?
All our caregivers at Comfort Keepers have received adult incontinence training and offer extensive knowledge and experience in providing incontinence care at home. Among the many personal care services they provide, they also offer several that are specifically intended to help with this particular problem, including:
- Connecting them with support groups.
- Developing a bathroom schedule based on monitoring.
- Monitoring food and drink intake.
- Assisting with toileting.
- Teaching exercises that help such as Kegels.
- Helping to plan outings by locating restrooms along the way and at their destination
A Simple Conversation is the Best Way to Get Started
The best way to find out how you can help your loved one cope with adult incontinence and the problems it causes is to have a conversation about it with them. However, you should consider these guidelines intended to help keep things on track.
Start by finding a quiet private place where your loved one can talk without fear of your conversation being heard. It's an embarrassing topic and one that most seniors would prefer that not everyone knows about it.
Your conversation with your loved one should be had at a pace they can handle. If you try to go too fast or be pushy, your conversation may become extremely short and yield no solutions. Take your time and let your loved one set the pace; things will go far better if you do.
Below you will find three websites that are loaded with useful information about adult incontinence and how to provide incontinence care at home for someone who lives with it.
- The Different Types Of Incontinence
- Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults- The National Institute On Aging
- Tips When Visiting Your Doctor