In home care services are often used by family members to help provide care for senior loved ones, but the specific circumstances and types of care needed vary significantly from one family to the next. Some families need senior care for dementia, while others need services for elders coping with mobility issues. But of all types of assistance needs, perhaps none are as sensitive as in home care services for incontinence. However, because incontinence issues are common among the elderly, understanding this type of care is critical to help families through what can be a difficult situation.
Most seniors don’t mind asking for a little assistance around the house; cleaning projects, yard care, moving a piece of furniture, help grooming the dog, etc. They also might need a little help with reminders about appointments, help shopping and general housekeeping tasks. However, when it comes to care for incontinence, many seniors are too embarrassed to ask family members for help, as well as being too modest and prideful to accept it if help were offered anyway. Fortunately, this is precisely where an in home care provider can help.
In home care workers are people who are trained to provide care for seniors at a number of different levels. Because these people are professionals in their field, many seniors are able to enter into a level of care-related comfort with them, including comfort that allows care for incontinence issues. This can be extremely beneficial for families that have tried to provide care in the past but been refused.
The specific level of assistance needed in order to properly and compassionately manage incontinence issues varies from person to person. Some in home care workers need only to provide gentle reminders on a regular schedule, while others may provide assistance in the dressing and changing room, while still others may need direct care in the bathroom; especially if incontinence issues are exacerbated by mobility problems.
For many families incontinence issues are poorly understood, ignored, or simply not recognized. This poses a health and safety issue because improperly addressed incontinence issues can lead to other problems, including unsanitary conditions, illness and infection. In addition to providing direct care services, in home care providers can also help to educate family members about incontinence issues and how to provide proper care. This can be especially helpful for everyone in the family, including those that share senior care responsibilities, those that provide full time care, relief care, as well as loved ones not involved in direct care.
Incontinence problems can be extremely embarrassing and many families don’t know how to address the issue. Direct discussion is often the best approach, but it can also lead to a quick rebuttal. Speaking with a professional about incontinence care for seniors before having this discussion may be a better idea. If this is something that’s been struggled with in family, call a professional senior care agency for an immediate consultation about in home care services and how they can help with incontinence, and how they can help you develop a tactful plan for discussion with your loved one.