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What Kinds of Incontinence Could Your Loved One Be Facing?

By Erin Carll

Elderly Care in Gibsonia PA

Experiencing incontinence is embarrassing for your elderly loved one and it can also be embarrassing to you. If your loved one is experiencing incontinence, it's important to talk with her doctor about it. Your loved one's doctor can figure out what type of incontinence your loved one is dealing with and determine the best manner of treatment. It's possible that your loved one is experiencing more than one type, too.

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence refers to the physical stress of certain types of movements on the bladder itself. It can also happen due to surgeries, excess weight, or as a side effect of giving birth. Some people with stress incontinence find that they might experience leakage when they laugh, cough, or sneeze as well as during situations such as getting up from a seated position.

Functional Incontinence

Functional incontinence refers to the fact that your loved one still has control of her bladder but, for one reason or another, just can't make it to the bathroom in time. This can happen if your loved one has dementia and forgets to go to the bathroom, for example. Your loved one might not always have a problem with incontinence in this type of instance; it's more of a situational problem.

Overflow Incontinence

When your loved one is dealing with overflow incontinence, her bladder may never feel as though it empties. There could be physical problems that cause this situation or your loved one might be experiencing side effects from medications. This is also a common type of incontinence for men to have, especially if they have an enlarged prostate gland.

Urge Incontinence

Urge incontinence can happen when your loved one suddenly experiences the urge to go to the bathroom and feels that she can't get to the bathroom in time. Urge incontinence might be accompanied by the feeling that your loved one's bladder is spasming or seems to fill up very quickly. Your loved one might even constantly head to the bathroom, only to find that she still experiences episodes of leakage. This type of incontinence can be a result of certain other health conditions.

Work with your loved one's home care providers and doctors to develop a plan for your loved one's incontinence issues.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Gibsonia, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.