One of the more common problems faced by older people is something called urinary incontinence. Simply, urinary incontinence is the accidental leakage of urine from the bladder. It can be as mild as a slight wetting of underwear, or as severe as having to stay close to a bathroom in case of an emergency.
There are many reasons why urinary incontinence happens. Infections of the urinary tract, problems with the reproductive system, a growth or cancer, or even certain medicines can cause older adults to become uncomfortable about their ability to go to the bathroom regularly.
Some other issues could be:
When we go the bathroom, there is a complicated function of tightening and relaxing occurring in and around the region of the bladder. This complicated movement helps push urine out of the body if done correctly. For suffers of urinary incontinence, this process no longer happens normally.
There are several types of urinary incontinence, all of which can be diagnosed by a doctor with either a simple urine, blood, or bladder test. Some of the types of incontinence include:
Many of these types of incontinence are the result of other illnesses, disease, and health risks that should be addressed by a doctor. Don’t let something like incontinence ruin your parent’s social life. It’s so important for elderly people to stay connected with others. Unfortunately incontinence is one of the main reasons they stay at home and stop going out to socialize. It’s a medical problem that can be easily cured or treated with a doctor’s help.
Make sure your senior loved one has lots of opportunities to socialize. A caregiver from a senior home service can help with this. Not only do they provide companionship, they can also accompany your parent to activities for seniors or family get-togethers. A caregiver is great for your parent to have help on a daily basis for personal care and home care tasks as well.
For more information about how the caregivers at La Jolla Nurses Homecare can help your aging parents get to their annual appointments, call 858-454-9339. We are a home care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in La Jolla, CA, and the surrounding communities.