Comfort Keepers of Pittsford, NY Is Proud to Help Provide Our Neighbors with Incontinence Care for the Elderly
While seniors never seem to be very shy about sharing their experiences with others, there is one experience they would prefer that no one knows about. This is the fact they suffer from adult incontinence, an "embarrassing" ailment that often keeps them for interacting with family and friend out of fear their problem will be discovered. Finding incontinence care for the elderly that works can make a world of difference in their lives.
Did You Know?
- 50 percent of seniors who live in a nursing home have urinary incontinence.
- 25 million adults in America live with incontinence every day of their lives.
- 50 percent of adults over 40 have at least one form of incontinence.
You might think that with such a prevalent condition and one that can stop many people in their tracks, everyone would be talking about it and helping to find incontinence care for the elderly that works. But, because most seniors are too embarrassed by their condition, very few are willing to talk about it.
Did You Know Adult Incontinence Comes in Six Different Forms?
While you might think of adult incontinence in terms of either urinary or bowel issues, there is a little more to it than that. In fact, there are six different forms of this condition to which any adult over the age of 40 might succumb. These are:
1.Overflow Incontinence – a blockage in the person's urinary tract, prevents the flow of urine.
2.Urge Incontinence – or an overactive bladder results from involuntary muscle spasms.
3.Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both stress and urge incontinence.
4.Stress Incontinence – caused by coughing, sneezing, or bending over.
5.Mixed Incontinence – a mixture of both emotional and physical stress.
6.Functional Incontinence – the person doesn't realize it's time to go to the toilet.
Adult Incontinence Is Not Just for Seniors
It's all too easy to say that the only people living with adult incontinence are seniors over the age of 60. It might be easy, but this is not correct. Adults as young as 40 can also suffer from incontinence that can rob them of their ability to work along with many other things they enjoy doing. Twenty percent of Americans over the age of 40 are known to be living with adult incontinence.
Since we are talking about creating a working incontinence care plan for the elderly, you first need to determine which form of adult incontinence they are living with. Although age can play a significant role in who does or does not have incontinence, there are several other contributing factors that can cause this ailment, including:
- Irregular bathroom habits
- Medical Issues
What Can Be Done to Help?
The most important step in finding the right incontinence care for the elderly is to talk to their primary care physician. They can tell you if your loved one's incontinence is a side effect of any medications they are taking. If not, here a few things you should be doing to help your one overcome this condition:
- Monitoring and adjusting their eating habits.
- Making sure they exercise including doing Kegels.
- Talking to their doctor and if necessary, making changes to their medication.
- Creating a bathroom schedule and helping them to stick to it.
Is There Anything a Comfort Keepers Caregiver Can Do to Help?
Before our caregivers are expected to provide those entrusted to their care with a variety of personal care service, they are trained to provide incontinence care for the elderly that includes:
- Assisting with toileting.
- Developing a bathroom schedule based on monitoring.
- Monitoring food and drink intake.
- Helping to plan outings by locating restrooms along the way and at their destination
- Teaching exercises that help such as Kegels.
- Connecting them with support groups.
At Some Point, a Conversation Must Be Had
There is going to come a time when you will need to sit down with your loved one and talk about their ailment and finding the best incontinence care for the elderly available.
- Be sure you choose a time and place where you and your loved one can talk privately.
- Be sure you don't harass your loved one about their incontinence, it will only make things worse.
- Be sure you take your time during the conversation and let them feel as though they are in charge.
We recommend taking some time to review the information contained within these websites first as they contain a wealth of knowledge.
- The Different Types Of Incontinence
- Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults- The National Institute On Aging
- Tips When Visiting Your Doctor
If you need help developing a plan of incontinence care for the elderly for your loved one, feel free to contact Comfort Keepers of Pittsford, NY at (585) 204-6067 and let's get started by making their life a little better. Call us today to set up an appointment for your free in-home consultation with a Care Manager.
A member of our staff will be in contact with you as soon as possible.