Helping Manage Incontinence in the Elderly

Tue, Apr 14, 20

Incontinence becomes more common as people age.  It may be caused by a medical problem and is often made worse by the effects of dementia.

There are ways in which you can provide comfort and dignity among yourself &/or those suffering from incontinence around you.

The memory loss and confusion caused by Dementia can cause bladder and bowel control problems.
"Around 77% of nursing home residents in Australia 
are affected by incontinence" - -
Dementia Australia suggests the following ways to reduce the risk of incontinence in those you are caring for:
  • Consider reducing the person's caffeine intake by using decaffeinated coffee and tea
  • Observe the person's toileting patters and cues and suggest they use the toilet at regular times that follow their patter
  • Simply clothing such as using Velcro tape instead of buttons & elastic waistbands
  • Protective garments may be useful

For further information on ways in managing incontinence in the elderly, refer to the help sheep by Dementia Australia: Continence -Caring for someone with Dementia. 

Bladder and Bowel, a government resource to assist with the prevention and management of bladder and bowel problems recommends:
  • Listen with care and respond to the person.
  • Get rid of clutter.
  • Keep the space around them simple and well known to them.
  • Show respect and sincere care.
  • Check bladder and bowel control
  • Seek help from their doctor, physiotherapist, or a  continence nurse.
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