Helping Your Senior Parent: Managing Incontinence
Incontinence is a common issue among seniors, as many as 50% of people over the age of 65 deal with it daily. Health Canada estimates that nearly 1 in 5 senior Canadian suffers from some type of bladder control issue. So, it shouldn’t be surprising if you come to find out that your senior parent is experiencing continence issues. To learn more about incontinence, please click here.
If you’re new to incontinence, Healthwick, our sister company, has a great Guide to Managing Incontinence. You’ll also be able to order incontinence management supplies online and have them shipped directly to your loved one’s door. Healthwick also has a wide selection of products available as free samples, so you can test out different products to find what works best for your Mom or Dad.
If your loved one hasn’t brought this issue to your attention yet, it’s likely because they’re embarrassed or scared. Here are a few important things to remember if you find out that your Mom or Dad is experiencing incontinence.
While incontinence is a common issue among seniors, it should not be considered a normal part of aging. Incontinence is not a disease, it’s often a sign that something else is wrong in the body. It’s important that you talk to a medical professional; they can help you determine how best to deal and/or manage this issue.
It's important to talk to your loved one about what they're experiencing. Discussing incontinence with your loved one isn’t easy, especially if they haven’t brought the topic up to them yet. Healthwick’s Guide to Talking to Your Parent About Incontinence is a great resource for tools and tips to help you address the situation in the best way possible.
If your elderly parent is in a long-term care home and is being regularly changed by a caregiver, it may be a good idea to look into open back pants. Open back pants are a type of adaptive clothing that allows a caregiver to change someone in a standing or laying position. Check out our Guide to Open Back Pants to learn more.
Many people with incontinence, including seniors, can live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Incontinence can almost always be treated, managed and sometimes even cured. Figuring out what is going to work best for your loved one will be a process; that's why it's important to discuss this topic with your loved one as well as a medical professional.
If you have any questions or need some help, you can always reach out to our Geri Fashions customer care team. We're here to help!
- Amy C