One of these days, you may wake up to find that you can’t control your urine outflow. Either you’re urinating in your underwear or feel the urge to go to the toilet frequently, or you feel the urge to go, but when you get there, your urine outflow is very slow – your bladder takes a while to get empty.
Some of us will find that we cause a little spillage to escape periodically when we laugh, cough or sneeze. Whichever of these it may be, it is very unsettling to think that you are not in control of this function like you always have been.
Of course, the first thing you’re more than likely to think is that this is a just one-off event. And that will likely be the case for many. For others, it will last a while but then go away as suddenly as it appeared. Those are the lucky ones.
However, if you are facing this problem for a long time, it’s time you deal with it properly. Here we share all the information on incontinence and how to deal with it in this article.
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Embracing Your Situation
You have to start with not being so embarrassed and ashamed of it. This is, of course, easier said than done because for people in their 60′s and early 70′s, it can put a big damper on one’s sex drive, which in turn can have other effects on self-esteem, etc.
But for the frail, disabled, or sick elderly, a good caregiver knows how to deal with this issue quickly, quietly, and casually not to upset the person who requires their assistance.
Role of Professional Caregivers
Professional caregivers who assist seniors with urinary or bowel incontinence are trained to assist while maintaining the dignity of the individual they’re helping.
They keep latex gloves, fresh, clean clothes, a laundry bucket, and some fresh underwear and lotion readily accessible to minimize any discomfort or humiliation the senior might feel.
Of course, most often, the people who need such assistance are usually fairly elderly and often dealing with a few different medical conditions that affect their bladder, urethra, urinary tract, and prostate gland. So gentleness, kindness, helpfulness, calm, and good humor are key factors to minimizing the event and taking care of it with little fuss or drama.
Personal Caregivers Are Better
Personal caregivers can care better for you with your condition and deserve much respect and appreciation. Many professional aides usually want to help seniors who can’t control their bowel movements. But when the caregiver is from your family, they will go the extra mile and give you all the love and emotional support you need- something professional aides usually fail to provide.
Remember, this is the least pleasant task caregivers are called upon to do so. If there is someone with a loving heart and a kind mind that will make themselves available to manage this – it’s your home member.
CDPAP and Fiscal Agencies
If you need personal help with your condition, there is a legal way of doing so.
Firstly, you need to make sure that you are active in the Medicaid program. Then, if you’re from New York, you need to contact a Fiscal Intermediary associated with CDPAP to assign you a personal caregiver.
The best part of this process is you get to choose your caregiver. Moreover, backups are available on-demand if you’re not happy with the service of your current caregiver.
The caregiver will be paid as well, so they will be able to focus on you fully.
Incontinence is a personal health condition that can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Having a personal caregiver by your side will make sure you get through your pain smoothly. Since you are family, you will feel even more comfortable.
If you’re someone who wants to care for your elderly with an Incontinence problem, you can become a family caregiver by contacting the Fiscal Intermediary.