Personalize Incontinence Care Plans For Seniors in Cumberland, MD
Helping loved ones live life with confidence
While many incontinence sufferers may not admit it, there are millions of adults over the age of 40 who can't get a job, go out with friends, or simply enjoy life because they always need to be close to the bathroom. At Comfort Keepers of Cumberland, MD our caregivers are experts at providing incontinence care for the elderly.
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Before we get started, take a look at these statistics:
- The National Association for Continence reports that over half of the adults in America have problems with urinary or bowel incontinence.
- In the United States, there are over 25 million adults in the US live with one or more of the various forms of incontinence.
- Over half of all seniors living in nursing home live with urinary incontinence.
There Is More than One Type of Incontinence
One thing to keep in mind is there is more than one type of incontinence. Before you start looking for someone who can help with incontinence care for the elderly, you must know which of them your loved one is dealing with.
Here are the six most common forms of incontinence:
- Urge Incontinence – or an overactive bladder results from involuntary muscle spasms.
- Stress Incontinence – caused by coughing, sneezing, or bending over.
- Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both stress and urge incontinence.
- Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both emotional and physical stress.
- Overflow Incontinence – a blockage in the person's urinary tract, prevents the flow of urine.
- Functional Incontinence – the person doesn't realize it's time to go to the toilet.
Incontinence is More Widespread Than You Might Think
The average American sees incontinence as an "old person's" issue. While this might be true to a certain extent, this condition can strike those as young as 40. In fact, a study conducted by the National Association for Continence found that one out of every five adults in the US has some form of either urinary or bowel incontinence.
Many of those surveyed say that suffer from both at times. As part of developing a plan to deal with incontinence and providing the right incontinence care for the elderly, you must consider what may be causing it. A good place to start is by taking a close look at their current lifestyle. While age plays a significant role in incontinence, there are several lifestyle-related issues that can also lead to incontinence issues, including
- Medical Issues
- Irregular bathroom habits
Are There Any Solutions that Work?
As you start considering what type of support might be best for your loved one, it is vital that you know what you are dealing with. In certain instances, the type of incontinence can have a dramatic effect on which solutions you choose. Above all else, you first need to talk with their doctor or primary care provider, they should be able to tell you which one or ones your loved one is dealing with.
Once you have this information, it should be possible for your loved one to get a little relief. In most cases, the right incontinence care starts with a few lifestyle changes. But there are things you can do no matter what kind of incontinence they are living with. Consider implementing the following changes, you might be able to stop or at least slow down your loved one's incontinence:
- Monitoring and adjusting their eating habits.
- Making sure they exercise including doing Kegels.
- Creating a toileting schedule and sticking to it.
- Talking to their doctor and if necessary, making changes to their medication.
What Help Does a Comfort Keepers Caregiver Have to Offer?
Every one of our caregivers has been trained to provide many other extra services including:
- Monitor food and drink intake.
- Assist with toileting.
- Teach exercises that help such as Kegels.
- Connect them with support groups.
- Help plan outings by locating restrooms along the way and at their destination.
- Develop a bathroom schedule based on monitoring.
- Teach exercises that help such as Kegels.
The Way Forward Starts with a Conversation
No matter what type of support is right for your loved one, the way forward starts with a simple conversation. Before you jump in with both feet, consider these tips to make your conversation more successful:
- Incontinence is a very private matter, choose a time when no one else is around and you can talk at length in private.
- If you try to push the conversation along to quickly, your loved one may retreat inside, leaving no room for conversation.
- Use a gentle soothing voice, ask and answer questions using a gentle soothing tone. Trying to bully your loved into accepting incontinence care s only going to end in failure and hard feelings.
Here are a few very informative websites we thought might help:
- The Different Types Of Incontinence
- Tips When Visiting Your Doctor
- Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults- The National Institute On Aging
To learn more about incontinence care for the elderly and what services our skilled caregivers have to offer, contact Comfort Keepers of Cumberland, MD. We can schedule a free care consultation with one of our caring senior advisors to discuss your loved one's incontinence and what can be done to help.