There are a number of aspects to advancing age and illness that can rob a person of their independence and dignity. We understand this, and we want to help make sure no one in the Los Angeles area has to suffer through this difficult time without help.
Incontinence is something that strikes many adults as they age, and shouldn’t be something that is so taboo to discuss, but it often is.
Many individuals lose the ability to control their bladder or bowel movements which can drive them into isolation and emotional stress, and lead to a severe drop in personal hygiene if not addressed. It is an extremely upsetting problem for approximately 13 million Americans. Incontinence care is one of the services here at Options In-Home Care we provide for those individuals who experience a loss of bladder or bowel control.
We understand that caring for an incontinent individual can be demanding and difficult for someone who isn’t trained to deal with it, and can be especially uncomfortable for everyone involved if you’re caring for a family member. That’s why our caregivers are trained to care for your loved one and maintain a clean and safe environment for them, all while doing their utmost to preserve dignity and independence. This is a medical problem, often with a medical solution that our trained and certified caregivers can provide. Why let your loved one suffer from this embarrassing problem without the appropriate help?
Causes of Incontinence
Incontinence can happen whenever a person’s muscles become weak and therefore leave an individual powerless to control the flow of urination or bowel movements. Once these muscles become weakened, accidents occur and become more frequent with age. This is not something you or your loved one should be embarrassed of. As we age, our bodies break down and simply don’t function the way they did in our youth. Incontinence is simply another medical issue such as failing eyesight or stiff joints that rears its ugly head as we age.
It is a common problem faced by many adults that are of advanced age, or are suffering from some sort of chronic or prolonged illness. It is almost unique amongst the maladies of advanced age and disability in that it can be incredibly demoralizing and depressing to those who suffer from it, as well as those responsible for the care of its sufferers. Incontinence can be caused by several factors:
- Inability to recognize the need to use the restroom
- Failing to remember where the bathroom is located (common with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients)
- Certain medications
- Physical conditions or disabilities
- Prostate enlargement, infection, or surgery.
How our Caregivers Can Assist:
Our caregivers are trained to both combat the medical issues that cause incontinence, as well as to handle the issue itself. They are also experienced in maintaining dignity in what many may see as an undignified time. They handle these issues in a number of ways, such as:
- By providing rich and nutritional meals
- Reminders in good toilet habits
- Asking the patient if they need to use the bathroom.
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Continence aids such as pads, drainage or catheters
- Creating a pathway to the bathroom.
- Cleaning and sterilizing after accidents.
Call for Incontinence Care Assistance
It is possible for incontinence to clear up with assisted living and incontinent care from a professional. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the adult population over 65 years of age and living at home reported feelings of bladder and bowel leakage – with only 45 percent of those receiving incontinent care at home. It is estimated that 80 percent of those suffering with incontinence can be successfully treated and cured. This means that with the proper care and support of one of our trained caregivers, your loved one’s incontinence can be managed and perhaps even eliminated.
We have a team of dedicated individuals that have experience in all aspects of caring for the elderly and the disabled, and when you call us, we will choose one of them to meet your unique needs and deal with your particular situation.
We want you and your loved ones to have an easy of a time as possible during this transition so we will be there the whole way to make sure things go as smoothly as possible while we get you setup with an in-home caregiver to meet all of your needs and the needs of those you care about.
If you or someone you love is struggling with incontinence, don’t let them go through it alone. Help them cope with this, and any other issues by choosing one of the most dedicated and trusted options in home assisted living. Call us at (909) 621-CARE (2273) today to insure a safe, happy life for you and your loved ones.