If you, or a loved one, need a little helping hand with toileting and incontinence care, Helpd can assist. Incontinence, despite being a common issue among the elderly, is rarely discussed and can be seen as a taboo subject. Many elderly people don’t like to discuss incontinence issues because they can feel ashamed and embarrassed. However, almost a quarter of older people in the UK are affected by some form of urinary incontinence.
If you or a loved one are experiencing problems with incontinence, our home carers can help to keep the impact of incontinence to a minimum. Both our live-in and hourly home care workers can assist with toileting, incontinence, catheter or stoma care. Contact Helpd on 0118 449 2373 to discuss your needs or organise a free care assessment.
What causes incontinence in the elderly?
There are many reasons why incontinence may occur such as:
- – Weak bladder muscles or pelvic floor muscles
- – Overactive bladder muscles
- – Injury, or damage to nerves or muscles from surgery
- – Damage to the bladder nerves from diabetes, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease
- – Blockage from an enlarged prostate in men
- – Arthritis
- – Urinary tract infections
If you or a loved one is suffering from incontinence you should consult your doctor or specialist nurse. Once the cause of incontinence is known it can often be easily cured or managed using measures such as medication, exercise or a long term catheter.
Our highly qualified carers can help you to manage incontinence effectively so you or your loved one can stay in your home and retain as much independence as possible.
What helps elderly incontinence?
If you think your loved one is having issues with incontinence, then it is important that you talk with them about this as soon as possible. Don’t be surprised if they are reluctant to talk about it, as they may feel embarrassment or shame. However, it is important to discuss it, as in most cases the problem can be easily managed or even cured.
Sometimes, if someone is struggling with incontinence, they may avoid drinking fluids. They worry that increased consumption may lead to their incontinence being found out by others. This can have a detrimental effect on their long-term health. It is hugely important that people consume at least 1.5-2 litres of fluid every day. Not drinking enough fluids can lead to dehydration, which can, in turn, lead to other health issues.
If your loved one has issues with bowel incontinence, then ensuring that they have a diet which includes plenty of fibre, such as wholemeal bread, can encourage regular bowel movements and minimise the risk of constipation.
You can also help them to feel reassured and maintain their dignity by ensuring that you have a supply of extra incontinence pads and a change of clothes to hand at all times.
Help for elderly living at home
Helpd is an agency that connects clients who are looking for care in their own home with experienced trained carers. All of our carers are self-employed, meaning that they can offer you flexibility, continuity of care and value for money.
The carers featured on our website are thoroughly vetted and rigorously interviewed, giving you the peace of mind that you, or your loved one, are in good hands. One of the benefits of hiring your own carer through Helpd, is that you will be able to build a meaningful and positive relationship with someone. You will only receive care from carers that you have chosen to hire at a time that you choose to receive care visits. Therefore the carer becomes familiar with your needs and routine, helping to ensure continuity of care and build relationships that can help improve quality of life. This can be vital to retaining independence and dignity during illness or old age.
At Helpd, our carers can offer the following services:
- – Personal care
- – Moving and handling
- – Domiciliary care
- – Medication management
- – Respite care
- – Live-in care
- – Waking and sleeping night care
- – Companionship
- – Catheter care
- – Incontinence care
This is not an exhaustive list; as you employ your own carer, your care is tailored to your own requirements and needs. Our aim is to help our clients keep their independence and dignity and give peace of mind to both them and their family.