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.
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.
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 of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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