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How to Help a Senior Loved One with Incontinence

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As a person ages, changes can occur to the body that cause incontinence. Though many families are unsure how to address this caregiving issue, these strategies may make it easier to provide your elderly loved one with compassionate home care in Palm Beach.

Seek Medical Advice

In most cases, a physical or psychological cause can be found for a senior’s incontinence. Treatable conditions like urinary tract infections can cause a temporary loss of bladder control that goes away once the underlying condition has been treated. In the event the condition is not curable, your loved one’s physician may still be able to treat it with therapeutic exercises, medication, or surgery.

Pack a Care Bag

The embarrassment associated with incontinence can cause seniors to become isolated. Encourage your loved one to get out in the community and to bring along a hygiene bag with a change of clothes and cleaning wipes to use if an accident happens. Planning shorter trips to places with accessible bathrooms can give your loved one more confidence as he or she adjusts to going out while managing incontinence.

Choose Clothing Carefully

Seniors with limited mobility sometimes experience incontinence when they cannot get to the bathroom and remove their clothes quickly enough. However, switching to pants with an elastic waistband means your loved one won’t have to fumble with buttons and zippers. This can also make clothing easier to remove if an accident occurs.

Protect Dignity

Incontinence can be emotionally devastating for seniors, and being changed by another adult is sometimes embarrassing. As you help your loved one, show empathy and respect by changing him or her out of soiled clothing quickly while making it clear it is not a big deal. Many families also find in-home caregivers in Palm Beach offer a level of professionalism to incontinence care that reduces potential embarrassment.

If your loved one needs help managing incontinence or another health concern, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of post-stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care in Palm Beach, and our compassionate caregivers can provide assistance with a wide array of daily tasks. For more information on our senior care services, please call an experienced Care Manager at 561.429.8292 to schedule a complimentary consultation.