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Caring for an Elder with Incontinence Problems

By Ketan Shah

Senior Care in Cupertino CA

Incontinence is a common problem among older adults and can happen for a number of reasons. It could have something to do with the elder’s weakened bladder muscles or possibly the result of a far more severe health concern. Whatever the reason your loved one is suffering from bladder problems, it is important they get the proper treatment as soon as possible.

If the elder lives alone, you may want to consider hiring a senior care provider to watch over them and assist them with their bathroom needs as a way to help prevent accidents from happening. The following techniques can also help strengthen the elder’s bladder muscles and give them more control over their incontinence issues.

  • Bladder control training. This type of training is used to help older adults regain control over their bladder. For more information on bladder control training, talk to your loved one’s doctor.
  • Pelvic muscle exercises. The muscles that are used to help someone stop urinating are strengthened with these types of exercises. These exercises help older adults hold in urine for longer periods of time without the constant leaking when their bladder begins to get full. There are several pelvic muscle exercises to choose from, but the most popular ones are Kegel exercises.
  • Biofeedback. Biofeedback helps seniors become more aware of the signals their bodies are trying to send that tells them when they need to urinate. This will help the elder get more control over the bladder and urethra, while also being able to teach pelvic muscle exercises.
  • Lifestyle changes. Along with training the muscles how to become stronger and hold urine for longer stretches of time, older adults should also be watching the foods and drinks they consume. Caffeine and alcohol can actually cause incontinence to happen, so your loved one should cut back on drinking these beverages. Drinking too many fluids within two hours of bedtime, even if it is water, could also cause incontinence. Foods and drinks that are spicy, highly acidic, and carbonated should also be cut from the senior’s diet.
  • Drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice can actually help older adults take back control of their bladder function, so drink up.

Source
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/incontinence/Pages/10waystostoptheleaks.aspx
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/urinary-incontinence

Incontinence can be an embarrassing and inconvenient condition to live with. Fortunately, these tips will reduce your loved one’s uncontrollable bladder. For more tips and techniques, talk to the elder’s doctor or physical therapist. There may be medications or other treatment options that will work for the type of incontinence your loved one has.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Cupertino, CA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers today (408) 259-5930.