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. Whether you are looking for a live-in carer to help with toileting, incontinence, catheter or stoma care, or for someone to help with care during the day, contact Helpd on 0118 4492373 for 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, your first port of call should be with your doctor or specialist nurse. Incontinence can often be easily cured or managed, whether that is with medication, exercise or a catheter.
Our highly qualified carers can help you 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’s important that you broach the subject with them as soon as possible. Don’t be surprised if they are reluctant to talk about the subject, as they may feel embarrassment or shame. However, it’s 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. However, it is hugely important that they 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 they have a diet that includes plenty of fibre, such as wholemeal bread, can encourage regular bowel movements and minimise the risk of constipation.
You can also help them by ensuring that if you are out and about, you have extra pads with you, or a change of clothes, should an accident happen.
Help for elderly living at home
At Helpd, we act as an agency that connects clients looking for care in the home with carers offering that service. All our carers are self-employed, meaning they can offer you flexibility, continuity of care and value for money.
All of 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 who is familiar with your, or your loved one’s, needs and routine, helping to ensure continuity of care, which can be vital to retaining independence and dignity during illness or old age.
At Helpd, our carers can offer the following services:
- – Personal care
- – Manual handling
- – Domiciliary care
- – Medication management
- – Respite care
- – Live-in care
- – Night care
- – Companionship care
- – Catheter care
- – Incontinence care
This is, of course, not an exhaustive list; as you employ your own carer, your care is tailored to your, or your loved one’s, requirements and needs. Our aim is to help our clients keep their independence and dignity and give peace of mind to both our clients and our client’s family.
If you are looking for a carer to help you with incontinence care, take a look at our find a helper page, or contact us on 0118 4492373 for a free care assessment.