Elderly Care and Incontinence Health Tips: Part Two

a post about Services | January 6, 2014

Elderly home careIncontinence issues are common in aging adults and remains a growing concern in elderly care. As we get older, the muscles of the bladder begin to weaken and decreases the bladder’s capacity to store urine and increases overactive bladder symptoms. Incontinence may occur because of life-long habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems, but the fact remains the same – incontinence is a symptom that can be embarrassing, unhygienic and frustrating.

The Charleston caregiving experts at Already HomeCare understand the problems urinary incontinence can cause you and your loved one. We have experience dealing with this health issue, and provide incontinence care as a part of our home care services. We will be there to provide changings and any additional help you or your loved one may need to manage this condition.

In Part One of our installment on elderly care and incontinence health tips, we shared some behavioral changes that can improve your bladder’s health. In this week’s Part Two installment, we will share diet changes and medical alternatives to help with incontinence.

Elderly Care Diet Tips to Improve Bladder Health

Consuming certain foods may irritate the bladder. According to the National Association for Continence, eliminating one of more of the following foods may improve your ability to control urination.

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Carbonated drinks, coffee and teas
  • Citrus fruits
  • Spicy foods
  • Artificial sweeteners, corn syrup and sugar
  • Tomatoes and tomato-based products
  • Honey
  • Chocolate

Monitoring or scheduling fluid intake can also help a person control when they have to go to the restroom.

Medical Alternatives for Incontinence

There are no FDA-approved medications to treat incontinence, but there are devices and surgical procedures that can be used to help women.

Devices called pessaries can be inserted in the vagina to help manage pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when organs in a women’s pelvis shift and cause a feeling of heaviness or pressure on the bladder. Many women turn to transvaginal mesh implants to control prolapse or incontinence, but these devices can have serious side effects, including organ damage and erosion. Many doctors suggest seeking non-mesh solutions.

Elderly CaregiverIt’s important to be informed about your health, especially when it comes to incontinence. Since these issues are not often brought up in public, having them can seem embarrassing to talk about. Luckily there are tips that can be taken to improve bladder health – with great results.

To learn more about our elderly care services like incontinence care, or to schedule a free in-home consultation, please call Already HomeCare in Charleston at 843-631-4214. Already HomeCare provides trusted, personalized in-home care for those who need assistance with daily living activities to maintain the best possible quality of life while living at home.

This week’s blog was co-written by Julian Hills of Drugwatch.com, a website with information about dangerous side effects and complications from drugs and medical devices. 

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