|A look at the signs of incontinence|
The following is a look at the signs of incontinence and what you can do as a caregiver to help a loved one with this condition.
The first signs are going to be emotional. Individuals with urinary or fecal incontinence will often give off signals through their behavior. For example, a decline in social activities is a big red flag. Often the loss of control makes them anxious about spending time socially. Another emotional cue is unexplainable anger. Another is a desire for attention, often negative attention. Watch for the emotional cues that tell you, the caregiver, there is a problem.
The second are the sensory signs. These are things like the odor of urine or feces in the room. If it smells like an accident occurred, it probably did. Soiled bedding and underclothing is another sign. These are the more obvious signs. However, other signs include irritated skin in the perineal area. Prolonged exposure to urine or feces will cause skin breakdown. If the skin is red, has a rash, or sores, there is a good chance the individual suffers from incontinence. Other sensory cues is leakage when they laugh, cough, sneeze, or engage in physical activity.
Learn to recognize the signs so that you can take steps for dealing with bladder or bowel control conditions. If your loved one is not willing to talk about incontinence, do not push them. Most women wait an average of 6 years before they speak to their physician about incontinence. However, do not let it go on too long. There are treatment options, management tools and absorbent products, and some lifestyle changes that can be made to help reduce symptoms and manage leaks so that the individual can enjoy a healthy social life.
Learn more or call 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 CST to talk to one of our product specialists. This is an all-female team who have each been a caregiver to a loved one. Since this is their only business, they know incontinence products inside and out, and want to help you. They can offer expert advice on which products to try, how to best help your loved one, and how to increase comfort and discretion while providing adequate protection.
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