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How to Help an Elderly Loved One to Deal with Incontinence

By Michael Hagman, RN, BSN

Elder Care in Butte MT

If your elderly loved one has never had to deal with incontinence before, having to suddenly deal with it can be really intimidating. There are the emotional effects, of course, but then physically managing the condition can add another layer of frustration.

Talk to Her Doctor First

For some elderly loved ones, incontinence may not be a big deal all the time. Certain health conditions can worsen or even trigger incontinence. If you're not sure whether your elderly loved one is dealing with another health condition, the first place to start is with her doctor. He can run tests to determine whether your loved one needs additional treatment for another condition.

Try Out Different Incontinence Supplies to Find the Right Mix

There are a lot of different supplies out there for people who suffer from incontinence. Pads, underwear, creams, and wipes can all make dealing with the condition so much easier. Not all products work the same for everyone, though, so you might have to help your elderly loved one to experiment a bit to find the right combination for her needs.

Don't Assign Blame

Incontinence can be really frustrating, both for you and for your elderly loved one. There's no blame to be had, though, so if either you or your elderly loved one feel tempted to blame anyone, it's a good idea to rethink that. Your loved one isn't doing any of this deliberately, so reassure her that everything is fine. It's also not your fault. You're not a bad family caregiver if your loved one occasionally has an accident.

Get Help from Elder Care Providers

Some family caregivers find dealing with incontinence much too difficult for them to manage on a daily basis, particularly if they aren't able to be there all day long. In that situation, you might want to look into the idea of having someone with your loved one during the day, whether that is other family members or even elder care providers who have experience with incontinence. They can help your loved one to cope much more effectively with the situation.

As you and your elderly loved one get into a rhythm, it will become easier to manage her incontinence.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care in Butte, MT, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (406) 438 - 2231.