Dealing With Incontinence

Incontinence can be an embarrassing topic of discussion. No one over the age of five wants to admit to suffering from the problem. However, incontinence issues are a real concern for many seniors. Fortunately, there are ways to manage the problem without inhibiting an active lifestyle or social activities.

Fluid Intake

Do not limit total fluid intake. This may seem like a simple solution to the problem. It is not. Limiting fluids will not eliminate the urge to use the bathroom. It will only concentrate the urine and increase the risk of infection. It is important to drink six to eight glasses of water, or other fluid, daily. Set a curfew for beverages to avoid nighttime urges. Limit alcohol and caffeine as both increase urine output.

Bathroom Schedule

Consider a bathroom schedule. A person is less likely to have an accident if they empty their bladder before the urge hits. If a senior routinely races to the bathroom every two hours make a point of going to the bathroom every 1 ½ hours. In time they may be able to extend the time between bathroom visits. Bladder training can be an effective method for improving incontinence issues.

Incontinence Products

The adult hygiene industry has greatly improved incontinence products for seniors. Although the products are not close to being considered lingerie they are designed for comfort, effectiveness and are not readily noticeable under most clothing. Adult diapers may offer a person with incontinence issues a greater sense of self-confidence in social settings.

There are many companies that offer discreet delivery options for people who want to avoid the embarrassment of purchasing the product at their local store.

Incontinence Care

Discuss incontinence issues with a physician. Incontinence may be a side effect of some medications. A doctor will assess the severity of the problem and determine an appropriate treatment program.