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Comfort Keepers Can Help Those Living with Adult Incontinence in King of Prussia, PA

Although you might not realize it, millions of Americans live with adult incontinence as a part of their daily lives. Why wouldn't you notice it, simply because most have become either very good at hiding it or they hide themselves from the world. Being incontinent can make it hard to work, interact with others, even do things like run to the grocery store.

By the numbers, incontinence looks like this:

  • A National Association for Continence survey found that well over 50 percent of senior adults in the US suffer from either bowel or urinary incontinence and a portion of this number live with both.
  • There are 25 million adults aged 40 and up who live with incontinence.
  • A recent survey at Senior found that at least half of seniors living in nursing homes have a problem with urinary incontinence.

With so many people living with incontinence issues, you would think the problem should be big news. Unfortunately, incontinence is an embarrassing topic that no one really wants to talk about, even with family members or professional caregivers.

Give us a call at (484) 306-3083 to learn more!

Did You Know There Are More Than Two Types of Incontinence?

Most people tend to think of incontinence as either bowel or urinary. However, adult incontinence can be split into six different categories, including:

  1. Urge Incontinence – or an overactive bladder results from involuntary muscle spasms.
  2. Stress Incontinence – caused by coughing, sneezing, or bending over
  3. Overflow Incontinence – occurs when something blocks the person's urinary tract, preventing the proper flow of urine.
  4. Functional Incontinence – the person doesn't realize it's time to go to the toilet.
  5. Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both stress and urge incontinence.
  6. Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both emotional and physical stress.

Age is Only One Part of the Equation

Many Americans are under the impression that incontinence is something that only affects seniors. But, according to a recent study conducted by the National Association for Continence, one out of every five adults in America over the age of 40 suffers from some level of incontinence. While age does play a role in developing incontinence, there are several other causes you should know about, including:

  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Medical Issues
  • Irregular bathroom habits

Is There Anything You Can Do to Help Your Loved One?

The first step in helping your loved one manage their adult incontinence is to talk to their doctor. It is very important that you know there isn't an underlying medical condition responsible for their incontinence. From here you can start looking at other potential causes such as their lifestyle and start helping them make changes that will have a positive impact. Among the changes you can help with are:

  • Monitoring and adjusting their eating/drinking habits.
  • Making sure they exercise regularly including doing Kegels.
  • Monitoring and adjusting their eating/drinking habits.
  • Creating a toileting schedule and sticking to it.
  • Working with their doctor to make any necessary changes in their medication.

What Assistance Can I Expect from My Loved One's Caregiver?

When your loved one has a Comfort Keepers caregiver come to their home, they offer a wide range of both homemaking and personal care services. They will also work with you and your loved one to create an incontinence care plan by:

  • Monitoring food and drink intake
  • Developing a bathroom schedule based on monitoring leakage
  • Assisting your loved one with toileting
  • Teaching exercises that help such as Kegels
  • Providing emotional support
  • Connecting them with support groups
  • Developing an incontinence care plan including finding restrooms are so your loved one can get out and about.

It's Up to You to Get the Ball Rolling

Just as any journey starts with the first step, if you want to have a conversation about adult incontinence with your loved one, you must take the first step.

However, choosing the right time and place is very important, if you want your loved one to open up and talk about what to them is a very embarrassing topic.

Start out by taking baby steps in the conversation, if possible once the subject has been broached let your loved one set the pace.

Nothing is going to happen overnight it will take time for your loved one to be willing to not only talk about their incontinence but also to work with you and their caregiver to seek a solution.

To help gain a better understanding of incontinence, we recommend reading the information offered on these websites:

If you need help with your loved one's adult incontinence, it's only a phone call away. Contact Comfort Keepers of King of Prussia at (484) 306-3083 and let us schedule a free care consultation with one of our Care Managers to discuss your loved one's needs and create a working care plan designed to help.

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