Incontinence can be a challenging issue, both physically and emotionally. This is especially true if you are the caregiver, for an elderly loved one with this condition. Both you and the senior in your life, may need additional help and support, as you deal with this problem. However, because of the intimate and emotional nature of the problem, many people do not seek out the help they need. This is unfortunate since there is a great deal of support that is available.
In addition, to seeking medical treatment for incontinence, there are several other ways to gain support and take back the loss of control, (within a senior’s life), that can result. This is especially important if the caregiver and the senior, are waiting for the incontinence surgery, behavior therapies or medications to take effect, while treating the incontinence. Here is what both caregivers and seniors should know about support and help for incontinence.
If the senior with incontinence, is still maintaining an active lifestyle, it is important that they continue to do so, despite the incontinence. They can maintain their connection with family, friends and others, despite having this condition. This can also help to prevent feelings of isolation and depression that can result, from having incontinence. In addition: there are other strategies that the caregiver can help with to provide additional support, for dealing with incontinence.
These strategies include but are not limited to:
• Stock up on needed products Incontinence is an ongoing problem, that it pays be prepared for. Wherever the senior will be spending time, you should stash extra products, so that they are not caught without the needed supplies.
• Know the destination If the senior is still active, and going places, it can pay off to know where the restrooms are and how to best access them. The senior with incontinence should always choose seating that allows for the fastest access to the restroom.
Along with strategies at home, there are other ways to help both the caregiver and senior find support, while dealing with incontinence. It is important to realize that incontinence is not a normal part of aging, and is not something that anyone just has to live with. While pursuing treatment it can be helpful to find support. There are different varieties of support. There are online support groups, for both caregivers and seniors with incontinence, as well as support through community resources and hospitals. Both caregivers and seniors should not be hesitant about seeking out the support they need. Often discussing the problem with others who can relate is just the right amount of support.
In addition, it is important to realize that this problem can bring about depression and feelings of low self worth. If either the caregiver or the senior are experiencing these feelings, then it is crucial that they seek out professional help, in order for the problem not to get worse.
Write down all questions It is always stressful to visit the doctor, and dealing with incontinence can make both the senior and the caregiver feel overwhelmed. This makes it essential to write down all of the questions that you want to ask, so you don’t forget anything.