When it comes to being a caregiver for a loved one, you are going to deal with a lot of stress and a lot of unexpected things like urinary incontinence. It is quite common for many elderly individuals to lose control over their bladders as the muscle weaken with time or they could have another condition like a bladder infection or recovery from a stroke that is causing them to have urinary incontinence. As a caregiver you need to educate yourself on what incontinence is and look for ways in which you can help to manage in so it doesn’t become a burden and a stress to you and your loved one.
There are various types of incontinence. Once you know what type your loved one has, you can look for products that will aid in the right treatment for it. Schedule an appointment with their doctor right away to discuss urinary incontinence and to find out what their treatment options are. It is likely that they will recommend some things like using adult diapers and other incontinence product to aid in the treatment and management of incontinence. They may also recommend that your loved one does some daily stretching and strengthening of their pelvic floor muscles to gain control over their bladder. Kegel exercises are the most common when it comes to improving problems with urinary incontinence. You need to help your loved one with the recommendations by their doctor in order to help improve their problem and to help them recapture their dignity again.
When urinary incontinence is unmanageable you have to get to the point where tough love may be necessary. You need to get your loved one into some incontinence products like adult diapers , even if they are unwilling to use them. Come to them with several samples of products so they can see that these products really aren’t so bad. If they don’t want to talk about it, simply place the products in their room and let them try them out on their own. Once they get used to them, they will find how nice it is to not worry about leaking all the time.
Depending upon how much urine loss they have throughout the day you may need to opt for adult diapers that have a lot of absorbency. Sample products are great as they help your loved one to see and feel which ones are comfortable and which ones will really offer them the type of protection that they need.
Not only do you need to provide your loved one with some good adult diapers you also need to consider offering them some wipes. These wipes will remove urine from the skin so they do not get rashes or urinary tract infections. It is important that you talk to them about the importance of cleaning the genitals because of all the side effects that arise. You also need to make sure they are changing their diapers often as it can cause these issues to arise. If they are worried about wasting money with the disposable products purchase some washable products for them. These products may make them feel comfortable about changing them often. Pads are another route to consider if they would like to keep their existing underwear and just need to have something to catch their urine loss.
Everyone has different body types and needs when it comes to urinary incontinence. Be sure that you are getting the right products for your loved one to help them properly manage their incontinence problems properly. Once they start using the products and you make them feel comfortable about incontinence you will find how much easier it is for both of you to manage it and reduce your stress.