Many of us are aware of the prevalence of people affected by incontinence, both in the United States and around the world. While we have shared before that incontinence does NOT discriminate (it affects men and women, young and old), home care patients are often among those affected. In fact, according to CaringNews.com “...when a senior is dealing with the challenges of incontinence, in-home care can be a tremendous support resource, helping preserve dignity and self-esteem.”
Clearly, many people rely on in-home care. It allows the aging to live where they are most comfortable while providing a significant support system. Appreciating that these individuals may struggle with incontinence is important. Caregivers must understand that many of them may not be forthcoming about this issue. Let’s face it, incontinence can be humiliating and uncomfortable to discuss. Concerns regarding possible affiliated health issues as well as feelings of embarrassment can hinder this disclosure.
Obviously, home care givers must be adept at identifying incontinence. Managing this is a critical component of providing care. These professionals (or family or friends) can rely on four of their five senses to help identify specific issues.
What You Can Do
If you are a home care giver and you suspect incontinence is an issue for the person for whom you care it is important to address the issue appropriately. You do not want to be confrontational or accusatory. Honestly, if the person for whom you care did not share his or her struggles, he or she is most likely embarrassed and trying to hide the condition.
That being the case, you can offer some helpful tips to assist in managing incontinence while continuing to lead a quality and enjoyable life. Consider these suggestions:
You can educate those for whom you care (and those with whom you work) on the plethora of items available to help make living with incontinence easier. In addition to incontinence pads and underwear, a broad range of protective items are available for beds, couches and chairs, even recliners. Those you care for may be relieved to learn of the availability of so many things to help.
Maintaining a social life is important for everyone, regardless of age. Help make it possible for those for whom you are responsible to continue to leave their homes, visit their friends and take excursions whenever possible. It’s good for them physically and emotionally.
Truly, home care providers are the cornerstone in terms of recognizing and often managing a broad range of conditions in their patients. Incontinence could very well be something they need to address. By using the tips provided for identifying incontinence and leveraging the suggestions for managing this condition, home care providers can truly add value to the lives of those for whom they care.
At LIQUAGUARD® we are proud of the continuous support we provide to our clients suffering from incontinence as well as their families, friends and caregivers. Our products are designed to help them manage this condition and lead a less stressful and more enjoyable and worry free life. Please visit our website or contact us directly via email or telephone (888-251-4378).