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Dealing With Incontinence In Seniors

May 28, 2021 Category:
Skilled Nursing Facilities

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Your senior loved one can feel embarrassed by their incontinence, and avoid scheduling a doctor’s appointment. They might be using protective underwear or adult diapers, but incontinence is something that can be treated with proper medical help. They may also avoid medical appointments as they are unsure of the kind of doctor to see. Some of the options are a geriatrician, urinary specialist, or primary care doctor. If your senior loved one is comfortable with their primary care doctor, it will be a good idea to start there. Men can also visit a urologist and women a urogynecologist.

At the medical appointment, the senior will likely have:

  • A urinalysis to detect infections or blood-traces in the urine.
  • Blood tests to find glucose and calcium levels and to check the function of the kidneys.
  • Discussion of medical history
  • Complete physical exam

The senior may also be asked to keep a bladder diary that the medical professional might record, the types of drinks consumed by the senior, frequency, quantity of urination, frequency of accidents, etc.

Care Tips For Incontinence In Seniors 

It is important to have self-care if your senior loved one is suffering from urinary incontinence. Proper self-care can help avoid problems like skin rashes, odors, and accidents. The tips shared by care staff in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living homes can help families care for seniors suffering from urinary incontinence.

Cleaning

For cleaning the person a mild soap can be used. In addition, cocoa butter or petroleum jelly can be used to protect the skin. Ensure to pat dry the skin at all times.

Incontinence Care Products 

It is important to have the right products handy in urgent moments and this can offer peace of mind to you and your loved one. It also aids in easing the stress linked with incontinence care. Some of the common incontinence care products are waterproof briefs, absorbent briefs, disposable wipes, washable bed pads, and absorbent bed pads.

Avoid Falls 

If your senior loved one frequently runs to the toilet, slip and fall accidents can happen. The best way to elude this is by making the bathroom accessible. Also, use protective garments, pads, and washable underwear until the problem is cured successfully.

Seek Help 

If incontinence is keeping your senior loved one isolated and making it difficult for them to enjoy their favorite pastimes, discuss with them the various treatment options available, and support them to visit a doctor. With proper treatment, your senior loved one will be able to enjoy their life again.

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