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Managing Incontinence in People with Dementia

Managing Incontinence in People with Dementia

Incontinence is the word used to describe any accidental or involuntary release of urine or feces. The degree to which a person is incontinent can vary from a ‘small leak’ to complete loss of control over the bladder and bowels.

The condition becomes more common as we age. Research has shown that over 2.5 million people over age 60 suffer from some degree of incontinence. People with dementia are three times more likely to have urinary incontinence, and four times more likely to have fecal incontinence than people without dementia.

Incontinence in people with dementia can be very distressing and a large burden to providers of homecare in Atlanta, Georgia.

Causes of Incontinence:

These vary from person to person but mostly include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Reduced mobility, making it harder for a person to reach the toilet in time
  • Medications such as diuretics that increase the passing of urine
  • Reduction in bladder control in women who have had children
  • Prostate problems in men

People diagnosed with dementia may also experience difficulties such as forgetting where the toilet is, and/or their condition has affected the area of the brain which controls the bladder.

Dealing with Incontinence Accidents:

Having an accident can be very embarrassing, for anyone, young or old. You will find that home care services can be quite helpful, especially to individuals who find it hard to move from their bed to the restroom.

Moving your loved one into a quality nursing home in Georgia is also one of the options you can opt for. These institutions are best equipped to take care of your elderly loved one and can help them cope with their condition.

For more information on the ways you can help your loved ones deal with incontinence and dementia, contact us at 770-694-1777 or 678-981-4615. We would be happy to help!

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