It is a general rule that as we age our physical abilities slowly suffer from a setback. It is at that time that the elderly require utmost care. This goes without saying that assuming the role of a care-giver involves a lot of task and is one of the most difficult undertakings. As a care-giver you are one who is completely responsible for your aged relative’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
In order to fulfil this duty in the right way, you should be aware of the limitations both physical and mental that your aged parent or relative may be undergoing. The involuntary loss of urinary control is known as urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence happens to be a major problem among the aged people.
So here an attempt is made to guide you so that you are able to support the elderly of the house in the right way. For that, let us explore the causes of urinary incontinence.
Causes of Urinary Incontinence
First and foremost, you need to understand the Urinary Incontinence (UI) is not a disease by itself. It is rather a symptom of an underlying physical or medical condition. You should also understand that UI is not an integral part of the ageing process. It places the elderly at an enhanced risk of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), falls and also bed sores.
How to Help the Aged Manage UI
In order to care for an aged relative or parent, there are a few things that you can do for assisting the elderly with the problem of incontinence.
- Make the Washroom Accessible – For your loved one who happens to be an elderly, an accessible washroom is of utmost significance. This can be done by doing away with any obstructions that can be in the passage or hallway that leads to the toilet. You have to keep the pathway well-lit for the convenience of the users. This can be achieved by glow light in tape or that of the nightlights.
- Go for Raised Seats Toilets- If it happens that your loved one makes it to the bathroom but meets with an accident at the time of using the toilet, it can mean that the toilet is too low and the person is having a problem while sitting down. This can be solved by replacing your current toilet with a raised one. For a more cost-effective solution you can use a toilet seat raiser. This way you can avoid the hassle of replacing the toilet.
- Try to Purchase a Portable Commode – In case, your loved one fails to make it to the washroom, it is advisable that you purchase a portable commode that they can use for an emergency. Leave a little water in the portable commode as that makes it easier to clean.
- See a Doctor – There are a lot of ways in which UI can be treated and for that reason, it is an imperative to take your aged loved one to a doctor. The doctors may suggest the use of quality urinary catheter based on the severity of the problem. Some of them also suggest to maintain a journal to keep an account of their daily activity, including their diet, their accidents, at what part of the day these occur and so on.
The above are some of the things that if you keep in mind will help your aged loved one lead a better and healthier life.