Bathroom & Inconvenience Care

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Incontinence and incontinence care are two subjects of conversation that no one likes to talk about. These are both difficult and sensitive issues, but the results are clear. The painful proof is an obvious stain on your parent’s pants. Incontinence and incontinence care can lead to embarrassment, shame, and confusion for both you and your parent. It shouldn’t, however, result in public humiliation or ridicule. Incontinence is a common problem for seniors and there are ways to manage an embarrassing situation with advanced preparation.

 

What Causes Incontinence in the Elderly?


Incontinence is often caused by weakened bladder muscles. The bladder plays a key part in human urination. Picture your bladder as a sponge which stores urine. Going to the bathroom is like squeezing a wet sponge. The tightening bladder muscles force urine into a tube called the urethra to exit the body. A senior’s older muscles can weaken and don’t often work the best or even in the same way they did years before. When the bladder muscles fail, urine can leak out – often without a senior noticing. While both human genders are susceptible, incontinence occurs more often with women.

 

Other indications of incontinence include the following:

  • Physical inactivity

  • Certain chronic health problems

  • Previous removal of gall bladder

  • History of smoking

Types of Incontinence we Overtake or Your Loved Ones

 

To better manage incontinence care, you will need to know more about the cause of your loved one. Pinpoint the type of incontinence you are dealing with from this list:


Stress Incontinence: No, this is not related to any undue stress that a person may feel. Sudden movement (e.g. jumping, coughing, or laughing) can lead to incontinence. Usually, the following leakage is slight.

Urge Incontinence: Seniors with urge incontinence will often need to rush to the closest bathroom even when their bladder is not completely full. If the senior does not reach a bathroom in time or finds it already in use, accidents can frequently happen.

Mixed Incontinence: A combination of stress and urge incontinence leads to mixed incontinence.

 

Overflow Incontinence: Does your parent experience urine leakage without knowledge? Your parent may have overflow incontinence caused by a block in the urine flow. Compare this with a vacuum with a sock stuck in its hose. The machine will still want to work but lacks the ability to function correctly.


Functional Incontinence: This is often seen with seniors with dementia. When a senior may not realize the need to go to the bathroom incontinence care becomes more difficult. Even if seniors can reach a bathroom in time, they may not know what to do when they get there. If they don't remember or aren't able to pull down a pair of pants or transfer from a wheelchair to a toilet seat, accidents occur.

 

Reflex Incontinence: A senior’s bladder muscles may suddenly tighten resulting in larger urine leaks. This type of incontinence is more prevalent in seniors suffering from multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.