Helping Your Parent with Incontinence
Dealing with incontinence in aging parents can be a difficult and uncomfortable topic to address, but it's important to remember that it's a common issue and there are solutions available. Incontinence is a physiological condition and not something that can be controlled by your parent, so it's important to approach the topic with sensitivity and understanding.
The first step is to make an appointment with your parent's doctor to rule out any underlying medical issues. While you're waiting for the appointment, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the incontinence products that are available on the market. There are a wide variety of options available, including disposable underwear, underwear liners, adult briefs, bed or chair pads, and even swimwear.
When choosing a product, it's important to consider the use case. Incontinence products are designed for either daytime use or overnight use, and the level of protection and absorbency will vary accordingly. For example, overnight products will typically have a higher capacity to absorb more volume over a longer period of time.
Another important factor to consider is your parent's mobility. If they are able to change clothes and get dressed independently, underwear liners and disposable underwear may be the best option. However, if they need assistance getting out of bed and dressed, disposable briefs with tabs may be more appropriate.
Choosing incontinence protection products for parents can be a special kind of challenge, but with the right information and resources, it's possible to find a solution that will help improve your parent's quality of life and give them the confidence and independence they need.
It's important to remember that incontinence is not just a physical issue, it can also have emotional and psychological effects on your aging parent. It's important to provide emotional support and understanding as they may feel embarrassed or ashamed.
Consider in-home care services or assisted living facilities that can provide the necessary support and assistance with incontinence management.
- Cindy Clegg