As an informal caregiver, here's how to help an aging loved one who has urinary incontinence and help ensure that they enjoy a higher quality of life.
Although it’s not uncommon to get a urinary tract infection (UTI), they can be quite harmful and dangerous for those aged 65-and-above. Complications that are possible when a senior gets a UTI include bloodstream infections (sepsis) and irreversible kidney damage. Many aging in place seniors who are the recipients of in-home care also have dementia, making it hard on a caregiver to determine if they have a UTI in the first place.
For millions of older Americans, urinary incontinence is an inevitable part of the aging process. But due to pride and stubbornness, many seniors ignore its telltale signs while going about their daily activities. For family caregivers, convincing an aging in place elderly parent to wear adult diapers takes patience, understanding and respect.