Comfort Keepers Offers Incontinence Care Services for Our Elderly Neighbors in Oreland, PA
While there are many ailments most seniors are happy to talk about, incontinence is not one of them. Why? Because they are too embarrassed by the fact they can no longer avoid having "accidents" and are afraid of how their family and friends will react. With the right incontinence care, it is possible to control adult incontinence, making it possible for your loved one to enjoy life.
Adult Incontinence Facts:
- At least half of all seniors living in nursing homes have urinary incontinence issues.
- There are more than 25 million Americans who spend every day of their lives dealing with adult incontinence.
- At least half of Americans over the age of 40 suffer from at least one form of incontinence.
If you take a moment to let these numbers sink in, you can't help but wonder why no one seems to be talking about incontinence. The reality is simple because people become embarrassed when talking about this ailment, no one wants to break the silence.
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Urinary and Bowel Incontinence Are Umbrella Terms
When you get right down to it, urinary and bowel incontinence are basic umbrella terms covering adult incontinence and have little to do with developing an appropriate incontinence care plan. To create a care plan that works for your loved one, you need to know which of the six different forms of adult incontinence your loved one is dealing with. Your choices are:
1.Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both stress and urge incontinence.
2.Stress Incontinence – caused by coughing, sneezing, or bending over.
3.Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both emotional and physical stress.
4.Overflow Incontinence – a blockage in the person's urinary tract, prevents the flow of urine.
5.Functional Incontinence – the person doesn't realize it's time to go to the toilet.
6.Urge Incontinence – or an overactive bladder results from involuntary muscle spasms.
Some Need Incontinence Care as Early as 40
It might be hard to imagine a 40-year-old needing toileting assistance, yet one in five Americans aged 40 and up suffer from some level of this affliction. Some have one or the other type of incontinence and a small percentage live with both according to a report from the National Association for Continence.
Age does play a role in adult incontinence in as much as more seniors live with it than younger adults. Frequently there are causes other than underlying medical conditions such as:
- Irregular bathroom habits
- Medical Issues
What Can You Do for Your Loved One?
The first thing you should do for your loved one is to talk to their physician to see if there is an underlying medical condition responsible for their incontinence. Their doctor can also determine the type of adult incontinence your loved one is living with. After gathering this information, you will be in a much better position to provide the incontinence care they need. Some simple things you can try include:
- 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.
- Creating a bathroom schedule and helping them to stick to it.
Is There Anything Their Caregiver Can Do to Help?
Our entire team of caregivers has been trained to provide a full range of personal care services for your loved one: They can help by:
- Helping to plan outings by locating restrooms along the way and at their destination
- Teaching exercises that help such as Kegels.
- Assisting with toileting.
- Monitoring food and drink intake.
- Developing a bathroom schedule based on monitoring.
- Connecting them with support groups.
Getting the Conversation Started
The hardest part of finding the right incontinence care for your loved one is talking to them about this embarrassing problem without causing them to become embarrassed. We suggest you try the following:
- Keep the conversation private; pick the right time and place for it.
- Take your time, this is not a topic about which you need to rush.
- Start with short conversations that won't embarrass or upset your loved one.
If you visit these websites, you will find them filled with useful information:
- Tips When Visiting Your Doctor
- Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults- The National Institute On Aging
- The Different Types Of Incontinence
If you need help providing your loved one with care, contact Comfort Keepers of Oreland, PA at (267) 293-7434 and let us schedule your free care consultation with one of our Care Managers to discuss your loved one's needs and develop a personalized care plan.