a post about Services | December 30, 2013
Researchers believe one in five adults older than 40 experience incontinence issues, and the National Association for Continence estimates 85 percent of them are women. The condition is often aggravated by pregnancy, childbirth and menopause and becomes more common as we age. Dealing with incontinence issues can be upsetting for those who develop them, and it is a growing concern in elderly care.
Urinary incontinence may not be a disease, but Already HomeCare understands how this condition can affect you and your loved one. That’s we provide incontinence care in our home care services. This includes changings and any additional help your loved one may need to manage incontinence. We believe that this issue is nothing to be ashamed of, and our caregiving experts are here to help you with any incontinence issues you may have.
In Part One of our installment on elderly care and incontinence health tips, we will share some behavioral changes that can improve your bladder’s health. In Part Two, we will explore diet changes and medical alternatives to help with incontinence.
Elderly Care Tips to Improve Bladder Health
Pelvic floor disorders are a common reason for incontinence. One of those disorders is called pelvic organ prolapse, also known as dropped or fallen bladder. It occurs when organs in a women’s pelvis (bladder, uterus or rectum) shift and cause a feeling of heaviness or pressure internally. Another condition is stress urinary incontinence, which causes a release of urine during coughing, sneezing or laughing. Once people identify the cause of incontinence, there are many things that can be done to help relieve the issues.
It is important to avoid putting added pressure on the pelvic floor. One easy way to accomplish that is by being mindful of common things you do on a daily basis. The following list includes some behavioral changes you can do to improve your bladder health.
- Maintain Good Posture: Straight posture puts less tension on the pelvic floor and abdominal organs. Practice keeping a straight back while sitting or walking.
- Bending Your Knees: Doing this while lifting heavy objects puts less strain on the pelvic floor. Again, keeping a straight back avoids putting pressure on abdominal organs. If lifting something heavy, it might help to hold the object close to the body to keep the pelvic floor muscles tense.
- Cough and Sneeze Differently: Sneezes put pressure on the abdomen and strain on the pelvic floor, often forcing the body to bend forward. One way to alleviate this strain is by looking up or looking over your shoulder when coughing and sneezing.
- Avoid Sit-Ups: These exercises put pressure on the abdomen. Those with weak bladders may need to find lighter exercises.
To learn more about our elderly care services like incontinence care, or to schedule a free in-home assessment, please call Already HomeCare in Charleston at 843-631-4214. We specialize in providing compassionate and comprehensive home care services, and we can’t wait to help you and your loved ones!
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.