Urinary Incontinence In The Elderly

There are two stages in life where you often require the help and assistance of your loved ones- when you are very young and when you are very old. There are a number of afflictions that the elderly can have when they are reaching the twilight of their years. Urinary incontinence in the elderly is incredibly common but also something that is rarely talked about. Your elderly relatives may be suffering in silence or too embarrassed to talk about it.



There are a number of measures that you can take as a concerned relative and they will allow you to help them through this very common problem. We will look at some of the most actionable ones to help overcome urinary incontinence in the elderly in this article.

(1) Act Tactfully To Handle Urinary Incontinence In The Elderly:   

Approach the subject with tact. Elderly relatives are often very stubborn and proud people and may not have even told anyone that they are suffering from urinary incontinence. If you suspect that they may be suffering then you must approach the subject carefully so as not to offend them.

(2) Convince The Elders:   

Once you have established that there is a problem you need to convince them that a visit to the doctors is in order. This may not be a simple task but you need to get them there somehow. A doctor will be able to help you with any other issues raised around the problem. It will also open up a whole new world of support and information for both you and your loved one. There are all kind of support groups and access to information and knowledge that you may not have found otherwise.

(3) Tools To Help Overcome Urinary Incontinence In The Elderly:  

Look into the incontinence products that you may be able to get for them – portable commodes, bed wetting alarms, duvet and pillow protectors, incontinence pants and pads. It may take a little time to figure out the best products to get as not all people are comfortable with the same product. Take the time to try out different types of incontinence product and different brands .You may be surprised at the level of difference, also take the time to discuss in detail the pros and cons with your loved ones and get their honest opinion.

(4) Keep A Record:   

Help them keep a journal of their incontinence problem. You can then pass this on to the doctor to help with diagnosis. It will also help your loved one rationalise the times that they are most likely to have issues and then they can plan their day around it. In fact any way that you can help them plan their day will lead to a better life for them as they will not be controlled by their fear.

(5) Make Bathroom Easily Accessible To Control Urinary Incontinence In The Elderly:  

One of the most practical things that you can do is make the bathroom easily accessible at all times. Sometimes you will need to go a little further to ensure that your loved one can make it. You should clear the landing of any obstacle that will slow them down. Make sure that the toilet is easily accessible at all time times and provide a booster seat if necessary. Keep lights switched if possible – if this isn’t possible you can put glow in the dark stickers on switches to ensure that they can see them no matter what time of day it is. Always clear the path to the bathroom of all clutter.

There are a number of things that you can do to make their life a little bit easier – but make sure that they do not have to live in fear.

Share Your Tips, You Help Others By Doing This!!        

Do you have any tips for dealing with incontinence? We have found over the years that people have all sorts of little tips and tricks that they use with their elderly relative to make their life that little bit easier. Share them here and help others that are in similar situations.

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4 comments on “Urinary Incontinence In The Elderly
  1. Great article about Incontinence In The Elderly. It sure is a topic that needs to be handed with respect and with privacy. The elderly can easily feel like they have lost respect with facing issues of Incontinence.
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  2. Jill Grant says:

    I enjoyed this article very much. It brought out many concerns we take for granted when we are young but become problems as we get older. Keeping the bathroom easily accessable is so very important. As we grow older we move slower and often times have problems getting around things that are in the pathway.

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