Comfort Keepers of Burton, MI Can Help You Develop an Incontinence Care Plan at Home
For millions of Americans, daily life is filled with constant worry and embarrassment caused by their adult incontinence. This condition can affect virtually every aspect of their lives from being able to work to being able to leave their homes. With the right incontinence care plan at home, it is possible to manage incontinence allowing the person to enjoy life.
- 25 million adults over the age of 40 live with adult incontinence that affects their lives.
- Over 50 percent of seniors living in assisted living facilities suffer from urinary incontinence.
- The National Association for Continence reports that over 50 percent of American seniors live with urinary or bowel incontinence and that many suffer from both.
With so many people living with incontinence as part of their daily lives, you would think it would be a hot topic. You would also think more efforts were being made to develop an incontinence care plan at home that lets them cope with their incontinence.
There Are Many Types of Incontinence
Most people tend to think of incontinence in terms of urinary or bowel leakage. Adult incontinence can be broken down into six different categories. Knowing which of these your loved one is living with is the first step in creating an incontinence care plan at home. A conversation with your loved one's doctor is the first step, they can determine which of these, your loved one is living with.
- Stress Incontinence – resulting from things like coughing, sneezing, or bending over
- Functional Incontinence – in which the only reason for the incontinence is that the person doesn't realize it's time to go to the toilet.
- Overflow Incontinence – occurs when something blocks the person's urinary tract, preventing the proper flow of urine.
- Mixed Incontinence – a blend of stress and urge incontinence.
- Urge Incontinence – also referred to as an overactive bladder and is the result of involuntary muscle spasms.
- Mixed Incontinence – resulting from high levels of emotional and physical stress.
Not Just a Problem for Seniors
While many of us believe adult incontinence is something for seniors, one in five adults aged 40 and older suffer from this condition according to the National Association for Continence.
Part of developing an incontinence care plan at home lies in knowing what factors can cause it and then adjusting your loved one's lifestyle to help reduce or eliminate their incontinence.
Although age can lead to incontinence so too can:
- Irregular bathroom habits
- Medical Issues
Can Anything Be Done to Help?
Part of creating an adult incontinence care plan at home lies in knowing what you are dealing with. It should start with talking to your loved one's doctor and include things like the right exercises, changes in diet and eating habits, setting up a bathroom schedule for them, and possibly making changes to any medications they are taking.
Is There Anything Comfort Keepers Can Do to Help?
Here at Comfort Keepers, our caregivers can help you develop an incontinence care plan at home that allows them to:
- Monitor both food and drink intake
- Develop a bathroom schedule based on monitoring leakage
- Provide emotional support
- Connect them with support groups
- Assist your loved one with toileting
- Teach exercises that help such as Kegels
- Develop an incontinence care plan that includes determining where the nearest restrooms are so your loved one can get out and about.
The Right Care Plan Starts by Talking to Your Loved One
One of the best ways to work towards creating an incontinence care plan at home is by talking with your loved one. Your job is to find a way to get the conversation started as many seniors won't talk about their incontinence because they are embarrassed by it.
But if you find a quiet place to talk at a time when no one else is around, you might be able to get your loved one to engage in a conversation about their issue. Keep in mind you need to take things slowly if you try to be too pushy, it might cause your loved one to stop more stress and exacerbate their problem.
Here are a few websites filled with information you can use in developing your loved one's incontinence care at home plan.
- The Different Types Of Incontinence
- Tips When Visiting Your Doctor
- Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults- The National Institute On Aging
If you need help with developing an incontinence care plan at home, contact Comfort Keepers of Burton, MI, at (810) 207-3770. We can help you by providing a caregiver who will work with you and your loved one. Call today and schedule your free in-home consultation!