Urinary incontinence is generally an upsetting topic for those who experience it. The preconception behind the affliction frequently contributes to individuals either lacking information or believing in some common misunderstandings about incontinence. Below are just a few incontinence myths and the facts to go with them:
Myth: Urinary incontinence is unavoidable as we grow older.
Truth: While growing older does increase the risk for incontinence, many senior individuals are able to maintain normal bladder control. Therefore, it should definitely never be referred to as a standard or inevitable part of the aging process.
Myth: Urinary incontinence can’t be cured in older adults.
Truth: This is not the truth in a number of circumstances. There are multiple methods for managing incontinence with success.
Myth: Drinking as little water as possible will reduce the risk of incontinence.
Truth: Often older individuals restrict their fluid intake with the erroneous perception that drinking less will alleviate the degree of their incontinence. However, restricting fluids leads to more concentrated urine, which irritates the bladder and makes the condition worse. Drinking lots of fluids helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and performance.
Myth: Urinary incontinence is very rarely a problem among men.
Truth: Men are less likely to discuss the matter with family members or medical professionals, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per NAFC estimates, around 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men.
When it comes to urinary incontinence, UTIs, and other sensitive medical issues in seniors, you can depend on the professional in-home care team at Complete Care at Home to provide the comprehensive care services with dignity and respect that allow for enhanced independence, safety, and comfort. We’re on hand with a wide range of services for seniors at home, according to each person’s specific needs – including assistance with personal care, meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation, companionship, and much more.
If your loved one is having difficulties with incontinence, make an appointment with a physician to resolve any underlying problems and contact us for support. The expert caregivers at Complete Care at Home can help your loved one control the effects of incontinence in a compassionate and discreet way. Contact us at 805-727-3445 for more information about senior care in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area.