Toilet Assistance and Incontinence Care

There can be several causes of incontinence, one of course being old age, but other triggers can include medications, stress, forgetfulness, weak pelvic floor, weak bowel muscles or being physically unable to use facilities. Often people are left worrying about how they are going to use the toilet or are left having to plan toilet trips into their day-to-day lives.

People of all ages can experience problems with controlling their bladder and bowels, and it is a common occurrence as people get older. It is something that can really affect daily life and people are often reluctant to talk about such problems.

Symptoms of bladder and bowel incontinence can include:

Leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising

Leaking urine before getting to the toilet

Urgent need to pass urine

Difficulty passing urine

Wetting the bed when asleep

A feeling that the bladder doesn’t empty completely

Leaking from the bowel

Urgent need to open bowels

Being unable to control wind

Straining or difficulty emptying bowels

More often than not there are solutions or ways to manage the problem so that it doesn’t interfere with daily life. At Bridgewater Home Care, our Care Specialists, can help to identify incontinence issues and provide daily assistance to help your loved one manage the problem in order to carry on with their normal life.

Discussing such issues with close family members can, naturally, be quite uncomfortable. Having a Bridgewater Care Specialist guide your loved one through various solutions can often be a much easier approach, ensuring your loved one receives the right guidance and support in a dignified and discreet manner.

 

Those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can often experience incontinence as the condition progresses. Our trained Dementia Care Specialists are experts in recognising, identifying, and assisting with any problems that arise, ensuring medical assistance will be sought if needed.

UTI’s

 

Our Care Specialists also help to identify symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), should they arise. It can be difficult for individuals to recognise signs of a UTI themselves, and if an individual does not receive a regular, consistent carer, the symptoms can be missed or mistaken as symptoms of dementia. As part of our care and support for your loved one, by maintaining excellent care continuity, we will monitor changes in behaviours, habits, and wellbeing so any sudden or recent changes are recorded and acted upon effectively.

 

Maintaining regular water intake can be hugely beneficial for reducing the frequency of UTIs, incontinence and other bowel problems. Often diet, such as the lack of the right nutrients and good hydration, can cause bladder or bowel issues. Helping to maintain a good dietary routine is something our Care Specialists can help with, providing encouragement as well as guidance on how to continue this during times when we aren’t there.

Along with diet, certain exercises can also help to reduce incontinence issues. A common cause of urinary incontinence is weak pelvic floor muscles, which is something that can be improved over time, even in older age. Our Care Specialists can help your loved one with a range of different exercises for strength building and improving mobility in order to help regain muscle strength.

 

It may be that a loved one needs simple assistance with mobility when going to the toilet, or perhaps needs more substantial assistance to go to the toilet and maintain hygiene.  At Bridgewater Home Care, our Care Specialists can provide a full range of support based around a variety of needs to enable people to live confidently in their own home.

At Bridgewater Home Care we can offer guidance on products that can help to reduce the impact of continence issues, such as discreet, absorbent pads. If an individual feels embarrassed or uncomfortable about their incontinence, our Care Specialists can help maintain dignity and confidence through purchasing products on a clients behalf.

If you think a loved one could benefit from extra personal care and support from home, please get in touch with our friendly team to discuss personalised, tailored care.

 

Find your Bridgewater Home Care Companion

If you are interested in the services that Bridgewater Home Care can offer then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 215 888, our friendly and professional team will be delighted to assist.