Incontinence, or a loss of bladder control, is a disturbing and delicate issue, especially for older individuals. It can lead to a number of concerns, from skin sores to social isolation for individuals who are uncomfortable with leaving the house in case of an “accident.” But while bladder leakage causes as many as 25 million people in the U.S. to struggle with complications, the problem seldom receives the attention and conversation it needs. With the lack of communication and information about senior incontinence, many seniors and those who provide their care feel as though there’s nothing that can be done about it.
Nonetheless, senior incontinence is not unavoidable as we age. While many older individuals do discover that their bladders may be “weak,” resulting in leaks, sometimes the problem has a quick and easy solution.
The following are just a few bladder leakage causes that can be treated:
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
UTIs, otherwise known as bladder infections, cause an overwhelming need to pass urine. In younger people, this sensation is obvious, but it isn’t always as recognizable for older individuals. If a senior presents with sudden urinary incontinence when this was not a difficulty before, check for other symptoms that suggest a UTI, such as:
- Sudden confusion or agitation
- Other behavioral changes
- Poor motor skills
You might also discover:
- Strong smelling urine
- Cloudy urine, or blood in the urine
- Complaints of pain when urinating
- Complaints of pressure or pain in the abdomen
- Night sweats
If you believe your loved one may have a UTI, the senior needs to be examined by the doctor and have his or her urine analyzed. Once the infection has been treated, the incontinence should be resolved or lessened.
As mobility decreases, incontinence can develop into an issue. The urge to urinate might come on suddenly and the senior may not be able to get to the bathroom quickly enough. This could also be an issue in the evenings, as it often takes longer to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, and arising in the middle of the night can also lead to some confusion.
For older adults with mobility issues, an in-home assessment from one of our home care experts can help offer suggestions.
Certain drugs, including diuretics, increase the level of urine produced, causing an increased urge to urinate. If your loved one is on a medication that boosts urine production, it is important to keep this in mind when the person has to leave the home or is not close to a readily accessible bathroom.
At Live Well at Home, we understand how UTIs, senior incontinence, and other elderly health issues can influence quality of life. Our highly trained Carmichael senior care team provides a wide range of home care services, including ambulation and toileting assistance, medication reminders, bathing and grooming assistance, and more, to help your senior loved one live his or her best life. Contact us today at 800-478-1209 for more information about how we provide the kind of home care assistance Carmichael and the surrounding area families recommend most. To learn more about all of the areas we serve in California, please visit our Service Area page.