It is normal for our loved ones to struggle with incontinence as they age. Though it is encouraged for your loved ones to use continence products, your loved ones may not like the idea of it. Here is how to encourage your loved ones to wear continence products.
Do Not Mention the Word “Diaper”
It is challenging to know how to speak to our elderly loved ones about incontinence. Our loved ones, like any adult, are often offended by the phrase “diaper,” and with good cause. This term is usually used to describe infants or toddlers who have not yet been potty trained.
Our tone of voice and word choices may not seem significant but communicating and offering care in ways that make our loved ones feel respected can make a difference when it comes to encouraging collaboration and increasing self-esteem. Adopting respectful language when you are talking to your loved ones will help you remember that you are caring for and looking after an adult who deserves respect.
Determine the Underlying Cause of Accidents
It is critical that your loved one sees their doctor regarding incontinence, even if it is only an occasional problem. It could be due to something simple, such as an overactive bladder (OAB) or a urinary tract infection (UTI), or it could be a more significant underlying issue, such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in women or prostate difficulties in men.
Their doctor may be able to offer minor surgical procedures, pelvic floor exercises, or even medicines to better control incontinence symptoms after screening to identify the type of incontinence they are experiencing. Adult briefs and other forms of protection may be unneeded if you can detect and cure the source of a loved one’s symptoms.
Deal with Elderly Incontinence Denial Head on
Incontinence is unquestionably difficult to accept. However, if you or a third party can persuade your elder that smelling like pee is far more embarrassing than wearing proper protection, you might be able to get somewhere. Agree to work with them just to come up with a comfortable solution, allowing them to keep their independence, dignity, and look.
Ask a Doctor or Friend for Help
Incontinence is best addressed by someone outside of the family, such as a close friend or doctor. Receiving advice and directions from someone you raised and who has no first-hand experience with the problem can be overwhelming. It might be less humiliating to talk to an objective doctor or a buddy who is going through similar difficulties. They are usually more inclined to listen when their defenses are down.
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