Incontinence can be an embarrassing issue for those who are experiencing it. The preconception behind the condition frequently contributes to individuals having a lack of understanding about the issue or believing a common misconception about incontinence. To provide clarity, the senior care experts at Dakota Home Care share the following urinary incontinence myths and their associated facts:
Myth: Urinary incontinence is inevitable with age.
Truth: Although getting older does boost the risk for incontinence, many senior individuals maintain normal bladder control, so it should certainly never be considered to be a standard or inevitable part of the aging process.
Myth: Urinary incontinence can’t be treated in older adults.
Truth: This is not true in many situations. There are ways that incontinence can be treated with success.
Myth: Consuming as little water as possible will lessen the risk of incontinence.
Truth: Often older adults limit their fluid intake with the erroneous perception that drinking less will minimize the extent of their incontinence. However, decreasing fluids leads to more concentrated urine, which irritates the bladder and exacerbates the problem. Drinking plenty of fluid helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and performance.
Myth: Urinary incontinence is hardly ever a problem for men.
Truth: Men are less prone to discuss the concern with family members or physicians, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per NAFC estimates, around 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men.
When it comes to urinary incontinence, UTIs, and other sensitive medical challenges in older adults, you can depend on the trained and experienced senior care experts at Dakota Home Care to provide comprehensive care services with dignity and respect, which enable improved independence, safety, and comfort. Our highly-trained professionals are available with a wide range of services for older individuals at home, according to each person’s individual needs – from help with personal care, to meals and housekeeping, to transportation and companionship, and so much more.
If someone you love is struggling with urinary incontinence, advocate for a correct diagnosis from the doctor to uncover any hidden problems. The caregivers at Dakota Home Care can help your loved one control the effects of incontinence in a compassionate and discreet way. Call us at (877) 691-0015 or for more information about options for home care in Fargo, Bismarck, Mandan and surrounding areas. See our full service area and schedule a free consultation today!