Senior incontinence can be an especially difficult problem, for caregivers. If you have an elderly loved one in your life, you may feel overwhelmed about how to help them deal with their incontinence. There are a variety of issues that surround dealing with incontinence. Many caregivers find that this is a difficult and emotion filled issue to deal with. However, it can help to know that there are several different lifestyle and home remedies that can make dealing with incontinence a little easier.
Here are some remedies to help deal with incontinence:
• Keep skin problems in mind – The skin of an elderly person is generally more fragile and more prone to damage, without the added complications from incontinence. Caregivers must be especially mindful of this if there elderly loved one is suffering from incontinence. You may need to take extra care to prevent further damage and irritation to the skin. Many seniors with incontinence find that they need to use a washable cloth or disposable wipe, in order to prevent the skin irritation that can be caused by regular toilet paper. In addition, the senior if they are able, or caregiver may need to help soothe the skin by using powders, moisturizes, and deodorizing tablets that can help the senior feel clean and eliminate the odor. The aim here should be to keep the skin clean and dry.
• Make the home easier and safer to navigate – It is important to take a close look at the home or location where the senior is living. Often making just a few simple changes can help the senior deal with their incontinence. Many times the elderly are not even aware that the path to the bathroom may be impeded by furniture, a rug or some other obstacle that causes them to slow down and can bring on accidents. Caregivers should also make sure that there is proper lighting, throughout the home. There is a wide variety of products that can be purchased that illuminate, from a motion sensor. These lights will automatically turn on when a person passes by, meaning that the senior in your life, won’t have to stop and turn on lights, in order to see. It can also be helpful to make changes to the bathroom. » Read more: Remedies to Help Deal With Incontinence