What is Incontinence?
The definition of urinary incontinence, according to the Mayo Clinic, is “the loss of bladder control. It is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong you don't get to a toilet in time.”
“Though it occurs more often as people get older, urinary incontinence isn't an inevitable consequence of aging. If urinary incontinence affects your daily activities, don't hesitate to see your doctor. For most people, simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease discomfort or stop urinary incontinence.”
Handling an Embarrassing Problem Easily
Incontinence can be a difficult issue for a senior to discuss. Although it is very common among the elderly, most would rather not have to admit to having this issue. If the senior or a loved one is not willing to ask for help, hygiene issues can arise and may compound over time.
At Comfort Keepers, we can provide a senior incontinence care plan and help with daily hygiene. By building a trusted relationship, our caregivers can help your loved ones in the comfort of home. A big part of dealing with incontinence care is simply remaining clean and comfortable.
Possible Side Effects
Incontinence in seniors is often a side effect of medication to manage other conditions. Incontinence may be listed as a potential side effect, or the issue may begin unexpectedly after starting the new medicine.
Ongoing incontinence could be a sign of a more significant issue, and the senior could be losing more fluids than is healthy because of the issues. With a caregiver helping to handle the situation, records can be kept, and a doctor can be contacted if there are concerns about the overall health.
Part of a Bigger Picture
A private, in-home caregiver to assist with incontinence can be a great relief to a senior. However, a senior living at home is likely to need more help than just incontinence care. With Comfort Keepers, we can design an all-around plan to incorporate the various services necessary to make your senior loved one's life as comfortable, safe, and enjoyable as possible. Needs vary dramatically from person to person, so we always customize our care to make sure it is a perfect fit for the individual in question.
Living with Pride
Staying at home is something many seniors take pride in being able to do, even as they move well into their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. If your senior loved one is proud to live at home but needs some help at home, contact Comfort Keepers to learn more about our services. From managing incontinence issues to tending to basic chores, offering mobility assistance, and more, you can trust our team of caregivers.