Incontinence can be an awkward topic for those who experience it. The stigma behind the problem commonly contributes to individuals having either a lack of facts or believing in some common misunderstandings about elderly incontinence care. The following are some incontinence myths and the facts to be aware of instead:
Myth: Urinary incontinence is inescapable as we grow older.
Truth: While aging does boost the risk for incontinence, many senior individuals maintain normal bladder control, so it should definitely never be considered as a standard or inevitable part of the aging process.
Myth: Urinary incontinence can’t be remedied in older adults.
Truth: This is not the case in a number of circumstances. There are ways that incontinence can be addressed with success.
Myth: Drinking as little water as possible will reduce the risk of incontinence.
Truth: Often older individuals restrict their fluid intake in the mistaken sense that drinking less will alleviate the degree of their incontinence. However, restricting fluids results in more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder and makes the concern worse. Drinking a healthy amount of fluids helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and level of functionality.
Myth: Urinary incontinence is rarely a problem for men.
Truth: Men are less likely to talk about the issue with family members or physicians, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per NAFC estimates, approximately 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men.
When it comes to urinary incontinence, UTIs, and other sensitive medical challenges in older adults, you can count on the trained and experienced in-home care team at Carolina Hearts Home Care to provide elderly incontinence care services with dignity and respect that allow for maximum independence, safety, and comfort. We’re here with a wide range of services for older adults at home, according to each person’s particular needs – from help with personal care, to meals and housekeeping, to transportation and companionship, and so much more.
If your senior loved one is struggling with incontinence, make sure the person is provided with a correct diagnosis from the doctor to make sure there aren’t any underlying issues. The caregivers at Carolina Hearts Home Care can help your loved one control the effects of incontinence in a compassionate and discreet way. Call us at 855-277-2005 for more information about how our Rockingham elder care services and care in the surrounding communities can help.