|Guide for caring for the Elderly with Incontinence|
- Help with wardrobe selection-Many elderly do not understand that clothing can be a potential barrier to managing incontinence. Helping your elderly loved one choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off is a big step toward better managing incontinence. This can be a difficult transition for some elderly to make. However, choosing clothes that have Velcro, elastic bands, or any type of easy removal devices will be a big help.
- Have the right incontinence products-Today, there is such a wide variety of incontinence products that anyone who is experiencing incontinence can find the right product for their needs. Whether your elderly loved one has mild incontinence or far more severe there is a product that will help to provide the highest levels of protection. Make sure that you take the time to choose the right product to fit their lifestyle, needs, and level of incontinence.
- Focus on ease and safety at home-Many times you may not realize that simply getting to the bathroom can be an obstacle. Make sure that your elderly family member has a clear path to the bathroom. It may also be necessary to take a close look at the safety of the bathroom. Installing hand rails and a raised toilet seat can promote the safety of your loved one, as well.
- Plan ahead-If you will be leaving the house it is important to know where the most accessible restrooms are. This will help you to assist your loved one to the restroom at the first sign of needing one. You don’t want to have to stop to ask where restrooms are located. This rule should be followed when you are in a restaurant or theater, as well. If you are traveling on the bus, train or on a plane you may want to request an aisle seat so that your family member can easily get to the restroom.