Incontinence Caregiving: 6 Tips for Reducing Stress

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Let's agree that growing old comes with its own set of challenges. Hundreds of biological conditions, an exhausted mind from emotional traumas, and only a little strength in the physique make it quite challenging to pass this life stage.

But thanks to old-age caregivers who are no less than angels in their lives. Not only do they take immense care of aging ones but also shower love, affection, and warmth while accompanying them.

While most aging humans manage to survive with caregivers, a few are not very fortunate. Among senior adults, incontinence is most prevalent, making the situation messy, embarrassing, and uncomfortable for both caregivers and themselves. Over 50% of adult Americans struggle with incontinence, making them uneasy.

To help such aging adults and their caregivers overcome this situation happily, we have compiled six tips in this article.

1. Carry Hygiene Essentials Everywhere

Let us burst the bubble“incontinence does not mean staying in the house forever. Being a caregiver, you can take the aging adult outside in the park or whichever place they want to visit.




You only need to pack a tote bag with contingency supplies to tackle the incontinence situation intelligently. You can carry essentials like a quality adult diaper, incontinence briefs, cleansing wipes, and pads to be prepared if any incident happens outdoors.

2. Take Strict Care of Food & Fluids

You might get surprised, but a few foods and fluids make older adults lose control over their bladders and, in turn, face embarrassing incontinence incidents. Following are a few things to take care according to experts, to save from unwanted incontinence:

- Taking too many fluids can make you urinate quite often.

- Taking too little fluids can make waste build up in urine, turning it into pale yellow with a pungent odour.

- Stay away from bladder irritants like coffee, spicy foods, chocolate, and alcohol.

You need not eliminate these foods from the diet of aging adults. Instead, cut short the daily intake to see if there's any benefit in avoiding incontinence. Moreover, try to implement these pointers before taking older adults outdoors.

 

3. Waterproof Sofas, Beds, and Chairs

When accidents happen, they leave a trail. Incontinence problems of your aging adult might leave a mess on the furniture or an undying smell on the sofa upholstery. As a caregiver, you can get rid of these stressful circumstances by making sofas, chairs, and beds waterproof.



For starters, waterproof all the furniture your adult uses the most, or cover it with waterproof seat covers. To save beds and pillows from leaks, wrap them up in waterproof bed pads. Moreover, you can spray fabric protectors to avoid sofa, couches, and chair temperament. Doing this will not only waterproof the item but also trap the smell.

4. Wrap Adults in Easy-to-Change & Easy-to-Launder Clothes

Comfy clothes play a pivotal role in handling the entire incontinence incident for once. In contrast, tight clothes might take more time to get off and cause incontinence incidents. Instead, go for easy-to-pull-down and pull-over garments for your aging adults. It might help them get on the toilet faster and complete their job.

Additionally, loose zipped or elastic clothes can also make it easier for you to clean after incontinence mishaps. Such clothes take away a lot of your stress while cleaning up the older adult and also at the time of laundering.

5. Maintain a Bathroom Schedule

Maintaining a strict bathroom schedule is the best way to avoid incontinence accidents. Moreover, if you make seniors have a daily routine of natural activities, there are chances that their body functions in a better way.



Ask your beloved adult (especially those with Dementia or Alzheimer's) to stick to an interval for using the bathroom. You can make them start using the bathroom every one or two hours. Gradually, their bodies will adopt the routine and prevent them from any incontinence incidents.

6. Consult Their Healthcare Doctor

Often, people predict incontinence issues to be a sign of growing age. However, in reality, the constant signs of incontinence might have another health condition at its roots. Hence, it is better to speak to the healthcare provider of your beloved senior.

If the medical professional recommends a few tests, let your senior undergo them without hesitation and know the result. A medical prescription might save your senior from incontinence issues more than once.

Summary

Seniors might lose control over their body functions at a certain age, but that doesn't mean you should also give up your patience. Above and beyond everything, treat the growing senior with love, care, pampering, and affection as you do with your child. Even if the worst happens, don't bail out on them. Instead, talk them through and make them understand how a few changes in their habits might make things easy and convenient for them as well as you. 

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