How to Help My Elderly Loved One with Incontinence
Caring for an elderly loved one with incontinence can be challenging, for both you and the patient. Common causes of persistent incontinence include pregnancy and childbirth, aging, bladder stones, cancer, obstructions, and neurological disorders including, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Due to social norms, incontinence can be a very depressing affliction to live with. For many, it means the loss of independence and can bring about feelings of insecurity. There are many ways that you can help your loved one feel less embarrassed or ashamed after an accident, and encourage independence in dealing with incontinence.
Keep them dry with either disposable or reusable incontinence products, such as absorbent underwear and liners, or underpads to help protect furniture and bedding for less to clean up. Encourage patients who are physically able to participate in as much of their own care as they can. This will allow them some control and the ability to continue to go places they enjoy and do the activities they love to do without worrying about an accident.
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