Incontinence is a medical condition which renders an individual unable to control bladder and bowel movements. Though incontinence is not a direct result of aging, it is associated with and often a byproduct of other medical conditions that result from aging (like Alzheimer's and Dementia). Though incontinence can be embarrassing, frustrating, and difficult to manage, most forms of incontinence are manageable and easily treated once the source of incontinence is diagnosed.
Incontinence care and management involves compassion, understanding, and a mixture of proactive and reactive measures implemented in attempt to minimize and regulate the condition. Proactive measures include making sure restrooms are readily available and accessible in a given environment, using products like incontinence pads to control an accident should an accident occur, monitoring the the intake and types of fluids consumed, providing small reminders to an individual to make sure he or she goes regularly, and making sure the environment is free of obstacles that would prevent an individual from reaching the restroom.
Reactive measures include identifying when accidents occur, and making sure the person uses the restroom prior to that time, setting a schedule for toilet use, choosing clothing that is easily removed, and minimizing triggers that may induce an individual to have an accident. Further measures include making sure that if there is an accident, the area is carefully and completely cleaned and sanitized of all excrement, that the individual is properly bathed and dressed, and that the individual's clothes are washed.
We understand incontinence issues are out of the individual's control. A person with incontinence issues should not treated any differently, made to feel embarrassed, or forced to feel guilty about their condition. Our caregivers have years upon years of experience identifying, managing, and assisting those dealing with incontinence issues. If you are experiencing incontinence symptoms, or have questions about caring for somebody having difficulty with an incontinence issue, contact us, or call us today.