Let Comfort Keepers of Annapolis, MD Help with Your Incontinence Care Plan
Aging is a natural process that comes with its own unique challenges, let us help with an incontinence care plan
Every day, millions of adults suffer from the embarrassment of incontinence. It affects their health, their self-confidence, their ability to hold a job, and keeps them at home instead of out having fun with their friends. The best way to deal with this issue is to develop an incontinence care plan.
- Did you know that there are over 25 million adults over the age of 40 in the U.S. living with adult incontinence?
- Did you know that over half the seniors living in nursing homes suffer from urinary incontinence?
- Did you know that according to the National Association for Continence, over half of all seniors in the U.S. suffer from bowel incontinence, urinary incontinence and often both?
When you look at numbers like this you would think it would be something adults talk about.
The only problem with this is that most adults are too embarrassed to discuss it with anyone, let alone work towards creating a plan to help them cope with it.
Give us a call at (855) 205-1382 to learn more!
Did You Know That Adult Incontinence Is Not the Same for Everyone?
While most of us tend to think of incontinence as either urinary or bowel, there are several different forms of this condition, each of which may require a different plan. The best way to determine which one your loved one is living with is to talk to their doctor or medical care team.
These are the different forms of adult incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence – caused by numerous physical activities such as bending over, sneezing, or coughing.
- Overflow Incontinence – occurs when something blocks the person's urinary tract, preventing the proper flow of urine.
- Urge Incontinence – also referred to as an overactive bladder, this type of incontinence is typically caused by involuntary muscle spasms.
- Functional Incontinence – where the person's urinary system and bowels are fully functional, but the person is unable to realize they need to go to the bathroom.
- Mixed Incontinence 1 –caused by a mix of both urge and stress incontinence.
- Mixed Incontinence 2 – caused by physical and emotional stress.
Adult Incontinence Is Not Just for Seniors
Many of us labor along under the mistaken idea that incontinence is something that only seniors suffer from. According to reports published by theNational Association for Continence, one out of every five people over the age of 40 lives with some level of urinary incontinence.
The reality is that while aging can be the cause of adult incontinence, there are several other reasons why that must to be taken into consideration when developing an incontinence care plan.
- Underlying medical issues
- Various medications
- A poor diet
- Too much stress
- An irregular bathroom schedule
What Can I Do About It?
Just as there are several different forms of adult incontinence, there are several ways to go about creating the proper incontinence care plan. Any plan should start with a conversation with your loved one's doctor. Some common ways to reduce incontinence include making sure your loved one gets on a regular toileting schedule, getting plenty of exercise, making changes in their diet, or in some cases a change in their medications. There is also a wide selection of adult incontinence products available.
How Can Comfort Keepers of Annapolis, MD Help?
Our caregivers are prepared to work with you, your loved one, and their doctor to develop a care plan that works. Our mission is to help your loved one control their incontinence so they can get back to enjoying their independence.
Our caregivers are ready to:
- Assist your loved one with toileting
- Monitor both food and drink intake
- Provide emotional support
- Connect them with support groups
- Teach your loved one exercises that help such as Kegels
- Monitor any leakage to help develop a bathroom schedule
- Develop an plan that allows them to go places, including determining where the nearest restrooms are.
It All Starts with You!
A significant part of developing an incontinence care plan hinges on both you and your loved one being able to talk about the issue. Most seniors are too embarrassed to do so. It is up to you to get the conversation started.
When and Where – if you are going to talk to your loved one about their incontinence be sure you choose somewhere you can do so in private when nothing will interrupt you.
Don't Dive In – adult incontinence is typically a hard topic for your loved one to talk about, take it slow. If you try to rush them, your loved one may simply choose not to discuss their problem.
Be Gentle – never try and"bully" or cajole your loved one, be gentle. Your part in their incontinence care is to be supportive.
Be Patient – with help from one of our caregivers, it is possible for your loved one to learn how best to cope with their incontinence and get back to enjoying the finer things in life.
Visit these websites to learn more about adult incontinence and the best ways to develop a plan for your loved one.
- The Different Types Of Incontinence
- Tips When Visiting Your Doctor
- Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults- The National Institute On Aging
To learn more about our caregivers and creating the right incontinence care plan for your loved one, contact Comfort Keepers of Annapolis, MD online or call us to schedule a free care consultation with one of our senior advisors today!