Strategies to Follow for Elderly Incontinence

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Weak bladder muscles frequently cause incontinence. In human urination, the bladder plays a key role. Imagine a sponge that stores urine as your bladder. Visiting a toilet is similar to wet sponge squeezing. The tightened bladder muscles force the urine to go out of the body into a tube called the urethra. For elderly people, muscles are weak and often do not work as well or even as long ago as years ago. When the muscles of the bladder fail, the urine can leak out, usually without notice. Incontinence occurs more often in women, although both sexes are susceptible.

Other risk factors for incontinence:

Physically inactive

Chronic medical issues

Gall bladder removal surgery

Smoking

Here are a few strategies described that you can follow while taking care of seniors. Call our home care service anytime in OKC for support.  

Consult a Doctor

Incontinence is often caused by medical conditions but not because of a normal part of aging. When you see signs of incontinence, your doctor will check them for infections (such as UTI) or for other conditions that might cause the problem.

Monitor Fluid and Food Intake

Were you aware incontinence can be caused by numerous common foods and drinks? We never would have suspected a lot of items on the list. Some items were surprising indeed, such as too little water intake, chocolate, tomatoes, sugar and artificial sweeteners, and fruits.

Have plenty of water for fewer accidents and reduce having mentioned food and drinks.

Visit the Toilet before Leaving Home

Family caregivers can make sure incontinent elderly people visit the bathroom before any journey. Our anytime home care assistants in OKC can help them remember important times to go to the bathroom.

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It may also be a good idea to locate the closest bathroom(s) before leaving. Is there a stairway up or down the public bathroom? Seniors can always find the stairs difficult. If the caregiver tries to hurry a senior up or down the stairs, the person can fall, and it may be harmful.

Wear Comfortable and Easy-to-clean Clothes

If clothes that are difficult to get in and out or cause accidents or make it difficult to clean clothes afterward, consider updating the wardrobe. Elastic slacks can be easier to pull down so an older adult can quickly reach the toilet, helping prevent an accident. It's also easier for you to help dress them.

Handy Incontinence Kit

Incontinence doesn't mean that you can't leave the house with your older loved one. Pack an essential tote bag so that you are ready for any mishap. Include additional pads for incontinence, personal cleansing wipes and clothes and socks.

Make a bathroom schedule

Routine is excellent for older adults, especially Alzheimer's or dementia patients. It's also a great way to get physical exercise at certain times. Get in the habit of asking your elderly loved one to use the bathroom every 45 minutes or 2 hours, for example. Try to figure out the right time, then adhere to it. Soon, their body is going to get used to it, and fewer accidents will occur.

If an elderly person in your home is incontinent and no one is there to take care of him, call our anytime home care in OKC.