In the last article, we discussed what is incontinence and the causes, in this article today we have some tips on how you as caregivers can manage it.
- If medications are the cause or risk factor of incontinence, consult the doctor regarding the side effects and what measures could be taken.
- To help maintain a healthy bladder in patients with dementia is to make sure they avoid caffeine, liquids before bed, spicy food, consume plenty of fiber to avoid constipation, and regular exercise.
- Pads, adult pull-up pants, or liners but make sure to wash their skin regularly as constant exposure to moisture can increase the bacterial build-up.
- To reduce incontinence accidents at home make sure the path to the bathroom is obstacle-free, well lit, close to their bed or sitting place, so they can reach the bathroom within ten to fifteen seconds.
- One thing to keep in mind if your loved ones experience incontinence is to be respectful of their privacy, speak or address the issue in a calm tone and respectful manner, and always avoid scolding or being disrespectful to the person.