Bladder control can become more and more difficult to handle as we age. Incontinence is the inability to control bowel and bladder functions. This can be very stressful on the family member or caretaker. There are several causes of incontinence but there are also many ways to help manage it while staying as stress free as possible.
Many factors such as medical conditions, medications and diuretics, and even the environment can cause incontinence. Conditions such as: Urinary Tract Infections, diabetes, stroke, muscular disorders, and even physical disabilities can prevent the person from reaching the bathroom in time. Sleeping pills and anxiety-reducing drugs can cause the bladder to relax and make it hard to control the urge to use the bathroom. This is why making sure that there is a clear path to the bathroom is very beneficial.
Caring for a loved one who is incontinent can be very difficult and stressful. It is important to recognize the best way to approach and respond to someone who deals with incontinence. Being supportive and respecting their need for privacy reassures the person to reduce any feelings of embarrassment or shame.
Although it may seem reasonable to withhold fluids to help reduce the number of accidents, for this can be dangerous. Withholding fluids can cause dehydration which could lead to even more problems such as increased incontinence and agitated behavior. However, you may want to limit the amount of fluids before bed time, to prevent any accidents at night.
Don’t let your loved ones fear of having an “accident” prevent them from living day to day life and going out. Keeping them active and maintaining a social life is vital and still give them a sense of self worth and joy. When going on outtings, be prepared, take a small bag with supplies such as pads or incontinence briefs, wipes, and a change of clothes.
Incontinence can cause stress on the caretaker and their loved one. Always remain patient and calm so that it does not make matters worse. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed because of your loved ones incontinence, we here at Home Loving Senior Care have properly trained staff that can help ease your stress level and provide exceptional care to your family member. Call today to learn more about how we can help with your loved ones needs at 33-993-1600.