Incontinence is a common problem in many older care recipients cr it is important to respect the privacy and dignity of the older adult who may be having problems with incontinence losing control can be humiliating and embarrassing and caregivers need to be sensitive to these feelings although a serious issue incontinence can often be overcome or minimized with certain actions the following are tips for changing the cr’s living space to accommodate someone with incontinence

Try: Make sure the environment is not cluttered path to the bathroom is well lit and adequate footwear to avoid falls if the cr is non-ambulatory commodes raised toilet seats with grab bars bed pans and other home health products are available disposable bed pads also known as chucks or rubberized flannel sheets will help protect the bedding a draw sheet can also be used this is a regular sheet folded in half lengthwise and tucked in across the bed it can hold the disposable bed pad in place between it if the cr has an accident in bed then the chuck and draw sheet will only need to be changed versus the entire bedding bathroom aids such as raised toilet seat with grab bars padded toiled seats chair style commode bell to call for help and light to help light the way or intercom system wall-mounted grab bars make sure that the toilet seats etc securely fastened washable chair covers or place chair cushions in large garbage bags to protect furniture check the living area for soiled clothes the cr may hide soiled clothing in a closet under the bed or in a dresser drawer to hid incontinence be sure to have a thorough physical examination by a physician to identify evaluate and treat urinary incontinence

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Keywords: Incontinence

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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