Discreet New Products for Fecal Incontinence

1 in every 12 people have ABL. 
You are not alone. 18 million have accidental bowel leakage. Studies show approximately 18 million U.S. adults have fecal incontinence also known as accidental bowel leakage (ABL). This amounts to about 1 in every 12 people. It is important to know people of any age can have fecal incontinence. However, it is more common in older adults. In addition, accidental bowel leakage or fecal incontinence is slightly more common among women.

This issue occurs when an individual has a problem controlling their bowels and solid or liquid stool is passed from the rectum. In addition, the person with this type of incontinence may be unable to reach a toilet in time or may not even have enough anal sensation to know they are having an accidental bowel leakage.

How Diabetes Affects the Elderly

Guest post by Aaron Farrington

I was at a party with a friend who I only knew for a few months, still learning who he was and learning more about his life. He was a very sociable, easygoing guy, with a great sense of humor, and the only point that he withdrew from the group was to get soda from his car. It was diet soda, which he had as a backup in case there would be none available at the party. “I have Type 2 diabetes,” he explained, and with seamless cleverness he followed with “it’s the kind that you have to earn.”

While we can all admire his attitude and having a sense of humor in dealing with a life-threatening illness, it’s a big issue that affects millions in the US and is a burden to many of our elders. Type 2 diabetes is also known as “adult-onset” diabetes and makes for 90-95% diagnosed cases of diabetes. It occurs as the combined result of an unhealthy lifestyle and the pancreas producing less insulin.

Diabetes is not only a difficult disease to cope with, but a widespread problem that is projected to only get worse.  As this educational infographic from the University of Arizona’s College of Nursing points out, 19.7 million adults in the US are living with diabetes, 40% of those cases (8.2 million) being undiagnosed. The problem is expected to increase, estimated to be prevalent among 12% of the US population by 2050. As the baby boomer population grows older, more caregivers should be prepared to handle not only more persons in need, but more affected by diabetes.

The elderly are already prone to a number of chronic illnesses, and diabetes is another struggle to those who are more in need of caregiving. Providing help requires an understanding of the condition and the needs of those affected, like making sure to have regular monitoring for blood glucose levels, and to plan a healthy diet supplemented with formulas to help regulate glucose levels. Not only providing caring for our elders, but being aware of their individual health problems and how to manage them are essential to caregiving.

There is a fairly high correclation between diabtest and incontinence as people age. Choosing the right product is confusing for many first time buyers. In fact, a study by Kimberly-Clark, makers of Depend and Poise showed that first time buyers waste $130 in trial and error mode trying to figure out the right product for them. A simple way to avoid this is to use this tool or call the experts at The CareGiver Partnership at 1-800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 CST. They have over 100 samples to try before you buy ($3.49 per sample pack).

I have more than one friend whose life has been affected by diabetes, and I also know the difficulty of putting a loved one under the care of others. A future with both the realities of diabetes and senior living coming together can be troubling. The best kind of comfort is knowing that professionals with the right knowledge and resources are there to help, ready to handle every need and address every concern for whoever they are accountable for.

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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit http://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.

Federal Court Protects Access to Incontinence Supplies

A win for anyone anywhere
who needs to access the right incontinence products.
Incontinence supplies are a medical necessity

Recently, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voided a cost-saving bid by Arizona’s Medicaid program to deny incontinence briefs to adults who need them. This was done after the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) argued incontinence products are only medically necessary when they are prescribed to treat skin infections or breakdown which was the result of incontinence. They also stated many doctors were writing prescriptions for incontinence supplies before these medical problems even surfaced. However, the 3 judge panel used the the AHCCCS own rules, which states incontinence supplies can be prescribed “to prevent disease, disability, or other adverse health conditions or their progression”. This was a win not only for the people of Arizona but anyone anywhere who needs to be able to access the right incontinence products.

Once you or someone in your care has received a diagnosis of incontinence it can seem overwhelming trying to find the right incontinence supplies in order to help you manage this issue. However, the good news is there are things which can help to make this easier and less frustrating. By keeping certain issues in mind you can find the right incontinence products which will help you to manage and deal with your own incontinence or that of your loved one. Here are 4 of the important questions you should ask.

How To Make Sure Caregivers are Providing Your Loved One the Dignified Care They Deserve

Feel reassured your loved one is receiving the dignified
care which you expect and they deserve.
Studies show one of the main issues for caregivers who are providing care for an elderly loved one is the feeling of being alone. Caregiving in whatever form can be an isolating experience. However, you may be surprised to learn nearly 29% of the U.S. population report spending an average of 20 hours per week caring for a loved one. This means if you are a caregiver for a senior you are certainly not alone!

Caregiving for seniors has changed dramatically within the last 50 years. It used to be families were able to take an elderly loved one into their home to provide care. But the reality of two income families and large geographical distances between family members, means this is not always possible. Often times many family members must turn to assisted living and senior care centers for the senior in their life. Or they may have to hire a company to provide care in the home. While this can certainly be a viable and safe option, many family members worry that they are making the right choice after hearing about the stories which fill the news about elder abuse and neglect. To address this growing need, there is a new service which can help you to make sure Grandma or Grandpa, or any loved one, is being taken care of in the way you expect. The use of a senior care auditor can help to make sure this happens whether you live down the street or across the country.

3 Reasons We Need Caregivers to Earn a Decent Living

The need for quality home health care continues to grow,
while the profession is one of the lowest paid. 
Despite a growing demand for home-based caregivers, the profession is one of the lowest paid and this can affect most of us. 

As thousands of baby boomers turn 65 every day, the demand for home health care steadily grows. Yet home-based caregivers remain among the lowest paid workers. When caregivers don’t have a stable standard of living, they cannot provide quality care. Agencies that employ home health aides have to balance keeping costs affordable for families who pay out of pocket with attracting quality employees. Even for family caregivers, the job is physically, emotionally and financially draining.

My 87 Year Old Mom's in Utah. I'm in Texas. I Worry How She's Being Treated.

Penrose Senior Care Auditors
ensure your senior loved-ones are okay. 
What to do when I’m so far away?

When it became apparent that my 87 year old Mother simply couldn’t live alone anymore I was overwhelmed with what we could do. Since my home is in Texas and my mother wanted to continue to live in Utah there didn’t seem to be a great solution. I worried that if my mom went to live in an assisted living community that I really wouldn’t know how she was doing or if she was being treated well. I worried that I could be paying for services that she wasn’t receiving. Worse was the fact that I simply couldn’t travel to Utah on a regular basis to check on her. The situation seemed hopeless until I found out about senior auditing. Suddenly there was a way that someone could be there on a regular basis even when I couldn’t!

Nicknames for Senior Body Parts

No doubt you can come up with a few nicknames of your own.
Shared, with permission, by Elaine M. Decker, social artist and columnist

I recently heard that Shonda Rhimes coined the word “vajayjay” as a nickname for a female body part because network censors wouldn’t let her use the anatomical label in scripts for her hit TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. Then I caught The View’s Rosie Perez using “hooha,” also a popular nickname for… well, you know. It occurred to me that seniors and those caring for the elderly need alternative names for certain body parts, ailments and medical devices. The ones whose real names somewhat awkwardly describe… well, you know that, too. 

I’ve put together a starter list for all of us. The official names are shown first, then the slang. I’ve also provided a sentence or two using the nickname and/or elaborating on it. I hope you find these colorful terms useful in your conversations with family, friends and physicians.