Helping Seniors Find the Best Personal Home Care Solutions For Incontinence in Clinton Township, MI
Don't let your loved one suffer in silience
All across the nation, there are millions of adults silently living with the "embarrassment" of adult incontinence. This condition can affect their ability to get out of the house, go to work, or simply enjoy life. With the right personal home care, most can get back to leading a "normal" life.
Facts About Incontinence
- According to the National Association for Continence, more than 50 percent of seniors in the U.S. suffer from either urinary or bowel incontinence, many suffer from both.
- Of adults in the U.S. over 40 years of age, there are 25 million who live with incontinence.
- More than 50 percent of senior adults living in nursing homes have been found to have issues with urinary incontinence.
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Adult Incontinence Comes in Many Forms
In order for you, your loved one, and their caregiver to look at the different incontinence solutions available and choose the right one, you need to know what form of either urinary or bowel incontinence you are dealing with. The different types of adult incontinence include:
- Stress Incontinence – caused by coughing, sneezing, or bending over
- Urge Incontinence – or an overactive bladder results from involuntary muscle spasms.
- Functional Incontinence – the person doesn't realize it's time to go to the toilet.
- Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both stress and urge incontinence.
- Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both emotional and physical stress.
- Overflow Incontinence – occurs when something blocks the person's urinary tract, preventing the proper flow of urine.
One In Five Adults
While most of tend to think of adult incontinence as being a problem that targets seniors, this is not the case. One in five adults over the age of 40 has been found by the National Association for Continence to be living with some type of incontinence. Knowing which of the many incontinence plans might be right for your loved one starts with examining their lifestyle. Age is not the only thing that can lead to adult incontinence, there are other factors you that must be considered, including:
- Medical Issues
- Irregular bathroom habits
What Can Be Done to Help?
One of the most important considerations when looking for the right personal home care for your loved one is knowing what form or forms of incontinence you are dealing with. The best way to get started involves taking your loved one to their doctor as they should be able to diagnose the cause. From here you can make a few lifestyle changes working with your loved one's caregiver including:
- Creating a toileting schedule and sticking to it.
- Making sure they exercise including doing Kegels.
- Talking to their doctor and if necessary, making changes to their medication.
- Monitoring and adjusting their eating habits.
What Assistance Can Their Caregiver Offer?
Your loved one's Comfort Keeper caregiver has been trained to assist in many ways, including:
- Provide emotional support.
- Connect them with support groups.
- Monitor both food and drink intake.
- Teach exercises that help such as Kegels.
- Develop a bathroom schedule based on monitoring leakage.
- Assist your loved one with toileting.
- Help plan outings by locating restrooms along the way and at their destination.
All Solutions Start with You
When it comes to finding the best personal home care solution for your loved one, it's up to you to start the conversation. Things to keep in mind:
- Choose a time and place where you can talk with them in private. Incontinence is an embarrassing issue that most seniors find very hard to talk about.
- You must never be in a hurry, if you try to press your loved one faster than they are ready to handle, things can go south quickly.
- Be gentle in the way you talk to your loved one and remember you are not talking to a child. While you might want to start applying the right plan immediately, your loved one may not be ready to move that fast.
We have found a few websites that offer lots of information on the subject of adult incontinence and finding the best solutions to meet your loved one's needs.
- The Different Types Of Incontinence
- Tips When Visiting Your Doctor
- Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults- The National Institute On Aging
If you are interested in working with a skilled caregiver to find the best personal home care options for your loved one, please contact Comfort Keepers of Clinton Township, MI at (586) 200-6712. Our agents can schedule a free care consultation to discuss your loved one's incontinence with one of our senior advisors.