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Clients with Urinary Incontinence
A large part of our client population
consists of elderly people who are facing problems
that limit their lifestyle. People with incontinence,
the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control,
shouldn't feel embarrassed or alone. It affects over
19 million people in North America. Some believe the
cause is simply old age and there is absolutely nothing
they can do to help the situation. But there are many
steps that can be taken to remain confident and active.
Here are just a few.
Remember, the first step is to see
your health professional. He or she is best able to
offer you specific advice related to your situation.
Drink enough fluids -- at least 50
ounces (about 6 1/2 cups) per day. Limiting daily
fluid intake can actually worsen incontinence or lead
to serious illness. Avoid beverages that can cause
excessive urine production such as caffeine and alcohol,
as well as beverages that can irritate the bladder-such
as grapefruit juice and tomato-based products. Constipation
can also contribute to bladder control problems. Eat
foods that are high in fiber to help you stay regular.
As with many medical conditions, doctors
are recognizing the importance of a positive attitude
in managing incontinence. Remain active and stay involved
with family and friends so you'll feel good about
To avoid infection of the urinary
tract always remember to wipe front to back and change
your incontinent pads often. It is cheaper to change
the pads than to treat a urinary tract infection that
may turn into something more serious. As always wash
your hands frequently.
We realize that incontinence of bowel or bladder could
be a problem that limits your activity or causes low
self-esteem. Sitters and More would like to help you
or your family member in any situation. Our RN’s
can assess and assist you in any area that may be
affecting your life style.
Please feel free to call 1-731-660-0001 or 1-615-309-9368
Courtesy of Kimberly -Clark