In-Home Incontinence Care with a caregiver In the safety and security of your home
Older adults struggling with incontinence not only have to face physical challenges but a condition that interferes with their quality of life. Having an unexpected bowel or urinary leakage—especially when others are around—can cause older adults to feel embarrassed and devastated. FCP Live-In’s caregivers Incontinence Care assistance helps older adults dealing with incontinence maintain a sense of dignity.
FCP Live-In is a leading in-home care agency specializing in helping seniors remain in their home and live independently as much as possible. Our trained live-in caregivers provide such services as:
Personal Care Services
- Assist with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating
- Assist with toileting and incontinence care
- Assist with mobility (walking, wheelchair)
- Medication reminders
Light Housekeeping Services
- Meal preparation
- Grocery shopping
- Running errands
- Providing transportation
- Light dusting, vacuuming
- Changing and making beds
- Accompany client to doctor appointments
- Providing companionship and meaningful conversations
- Encourage exercise and other recreational activities
FCP Live-In gives family members the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their loved one is receiving quality Incontinence Care in the security and comfort of home.
To learn more about how FCP Live-In Home Care can help your loved one, call us today at 1(866) 559-9492.
Incontinence and its Causes
Incontinence is the inability to control one’s bladder or bowels. This loss of control can cause a person to have a bowel or urinary leakage at any time and any place.
While there are different types of incontinence, the most common among older adults are:
Fecal (bowel) Incontinence
Fecal incontinence occurs when stool leaks from the rectum so quickly that a person cannot get to the bathroom in time. Bowel incontinence can be the result of:
- Chronic constipation
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
Urinary incontinence occurs when increased pressure from activities such as coughing, laughing or sneezing causes the bladder to leak. This condition has numerous causes that include:
- Alzheimer’s disease (which affects the nervous system)
- Diabetes, stroke and other chronic conditions
- Nerve damage
- Pelvic organ prolapse in women
- Prostrate conditions in men
- Weak bladder muscles
Incontinence can be managed but treatment depends on the type of incontinence a patient has. Surgery is also a possibility if all other treatment options have failed.
An older adult dealing with incontinence may need a caregiver to help in such a delicate situation. At FCP Live-In, our highly skilled caregivers know how to handle incontinence accidents in a sensitive and compassionate manner.
Incontinence is Not a Normal Part of the Aging Process
While kidney function changes as a person grows older, incontinence problems are not a normal part of the aging process. But, older adults who believe that incontinence is normal might not report this condition to their doctors.
As a result, seniors who do not seek treatment may isolate themselves to avoid having an accident in public and develop an odor. Studies have shown that increased social isolation places older adults at risk for depression.
If you are caring for an older family member, it may be difficult for your loved one to talk with you about the problem. Or, you may find it awkward to take care of your loved one’s incontinent episodes. This is where FCP Live-In’s in-home care services can help.
Whether an incontinence accident happens at home or outside of the home, our caregivers help older adults with maintaining their hygiene and change of clothes, if necessary.
Our caregivers will also assist with scheduled bathroom trips, and give reminders for when to exercise or take medication. At FCP Live-In, our priorities are to provide quality incontinence care and to ensure the well-being of our clients.
Link on the word “Studies” about social isolation: https://www.aginglifecarejournal.org/the-impact-of-urinary-incontinence-on-older-adults-and-their-caregivers/
Incontinence Contributes to Falls, Fractures Among Older Adults
A national report found 50 percent of older adults in the United States have problems with incontinence. Of that group:
- Nearly 44 percent had urinary leakage
- 17 percent had bowel leakage
- Nearly 11 percent reported both urinary and bowel leakage
What’s more, studies also show that incontinence is a contributing factor to falls and fractures among older adults. For instance, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reported results from a survey conducted with over 6,000 women who had problems with frequent urge incontinence (a strong and sudden need to urinate).
The average age of the women were 75 years, plus or minus 4.6 years. A three-year follow up found that 55 percent of the women reported falling while 8.5 percent reported fractures. Urinary frequency, going to the bathroom multiple times at night and rushing to the bathroom to avoid an incontinent accident were given as factors that increased the risk of falls, which resulted in fractures.
Similarly, another study found that urinary incontinence was associated with a two-fold increase in falls, as well as a decrease in physical functioning and a factor in placing older adults in a nursing home.
FCP Live-In helps to eliminate the need for placing your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility. We can assist your loved one in the security of familiar surroundings. Our caregivers can also help to alleviate your loved one’s fear of falling when going to the bathroom. One of the many services FCP Live-In caregivers provide is assisting with toileting, incontinence care, and maintaining hygiene.
About FCP Live-In And Our Incontinence Care, Caregiver Support Services
FCP Live-In provides the ultimate solution for assisted Incontinence Care services since 1997. Our live-in Caregiver support services agency is committed to providing a unique and customized In-Home Incontinence Care, caregiver services approach to senior care with the goal of a lifestyle that provides enjoyment for the one in care, and families with peace of mind.
FCP Live-In is a Live-In Home Care company with over two decades of experience specializing in elderly care needs within the home. Our live-in caregiver staff provides an insurance policy of safe and supportive care, along with a 24-hour professional support system that starts with our direct care staff in the home and expands out to a multi-faceted corporate structure that is there for the client and the Live-in Caregiver at all times.
For more information about our Incontinence Care services, contact FCP Live-In today at 1(866) 559-9492 or please fill out the form below.
Link: “National Report”: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_03/sr03_036.pdf
Link: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10894308
Link: Reference study on UI: https://www.aginglifecarejournal.org/the-impact-of-urinary-incontinence-on-older-adults-and-their-caregivers/