Urinary incontinence is a major problem but it is not part of the normal aging process and you do not have to suffer in silence.
If you suspect that incontinence affects your family member, it is important to address the situation as soon as possible. Many medical conditions, such as a urinary tract infection, can cause or worsen urinary incontinence that must be treated completely. What’s more, a change in medications can solve the problem, because urinary incontinence can be caused by certain medicines.
- The ability to control urination can also be affected by several factors related to diabetes:
- Elevated glucose levels can create a need to urinate more often,
- Vaginitis or a vaginal yeast infection,
- Damage to the nerves can cause irregular emptying of the bladder, with alternating episodes of sudden loss of urine and inability to urinate.
What can the person responsible for the care do?
Above all, remember that urinary incontinence is an embarrassing problem, regardless of age. Treat the situation with sensitivity and be sensitive to your loved one in terms of their dignity. Let him know that it is not his fault and that there are some improvements to urine control that can be achieved with the use of medications or modifications in their behavior.
Keep the following recommendations in mind to make the situation as easy as possible for your family member:
- Do not let grief keep you from talking about the problem. When accidents occur, never scold or humiliate your loved one. Always offer peace of mind and understanding.
- Schedule a visit with the doctor to explore the treatable causes that give rise to incontinence.
- Put absorbent underwear, towels, Incontinence Pads for Men or bed protection shields to absorb urine. If the person is reasonably independent, place all these products in a private place that they can access on their own.
- Men can use a drip catcher or a condom-type catheter to prevent leaks. If you do not feel comfortable giving instructions to use it, schedule a visit from a doctor to help them learn how to use this device correctly.
- Change dirty clothes, sheets and cushions immediately to avoid skin lesions and preserve the dignity of your family member.
- Make sure the person cleans with soap and water, dry completely after each episode of incontinence. It is also recommended that cream is applied to the skin to form a protective layer and avoid further irritation of the skin.
- Monitor humidity every 2 hours. Treat any episode immediately.
- Stay alert and avoid facial and/or verbal expressions when removing clothing.
- Place a comfortable close to the individual’s bed.
- If possible, the location of the room should be as close as possible to the bathroom.
- Offer help to accompany him to the bathroom. If possible, give a “code” or phrase that can be used in public to avoid embarrassing situations.
- Encourage your family member to drink less liquid in the afternoon and evening. If you take diuretics, they should be taken early.