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What Could Be Causing Your Elderly Loved One’s Incontinence?


Home Care in Lodi CA: What Could Be Causing Your Elderly Loved One’s Incontinence?

Incontinence is a complicated issue and your loved one’s doctor can help you to narrow down all of the potential causes for your elderly loved one. Once you have the information you need, you can develop a treatment plan.


Nerve Damage Due to Other Health Conditions

Depending on the other health conditions that affect your elderly loved one, she may have damage to the nerves that help control bladder function. Injuries can cause this, but so can conditions such as diabetes. Work with your loved one’s doctor to help control the underlying cause and it’s possible that the incontinence can resolve itself. If the damage is too severe, however, it may be permanent.


Weakened Bladder Muscles

The pelvic muscles are the muscles that control the bladder and that hold it where it is supposed to rest. When these muscles are weakened or otherwise not working properly, they cannot help the bladder to do its job. Sometimes doing exercises for the pelvic floor area can help your loved one to regain bladder control, so it’s definitely worth trying.



Infections can cause your loved one’s bladder to swell, to contract, or otherwise irritate the bladder so that it does not function the way that it normally would. As with some of the other causes, solving the underlying issue can sometimes help the incontinence, too. Learn the signs of a bladder infection in your elderly loved one so that you can spot this problem early on.


Prostate Issues

For male elderly loved ones, an enlarged prostate can cause problems with incontinence. The prostate can place pressure on the urethra, keeping your loved one from being able to fully empty his bladder. Having a healthy prostate can affect other aspects of your loved one’s health, too.


Being Overweight

If your loved one is carrying around a little bit of excess weight, it can press against her bladder and cause incontinence. Talk with your loved one’s doctor to devise a plan that might help her to shed a little bit of the excess weight, which can quickly help to resolve the incontinence.

Hiring home care providers with experience managing incontinence can help your loved one to feel a little more in control of the situation.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Lodi, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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