My weekly call to my mother ended with quite a bang this past week. My mother concluded the conversation by saying, “I think your dad needs to start wearing adult diapers.” Her bluntness caught me off-guard, but I’ve been hearing from my mom for awhile now how my dad had been having more frequent “accidents” during the night. That, coupled with his diagnosis of an enlarged prostate, it’s no surprise to me that my father is experiencing incontinence.
It’s a subject that no on wants to talk about, but it is a condition that many seniors face: urinary and/or fecal incontinence. Please note that though some people think losing control of your bladder is just a sign of old age, any incontinence issues should be checked by a doctor, because they can be a symptom of an underlying condition. Of course, the first step is getting yourself and your senior loved one to admit that there is an issue. It’s no secret that our society tends to invoke shame or humor when discussing our elimination processes, especially when they don’t work quite right. It’s okay to go through all of the emotions, such as denial, embarrassment, frustration. But bottom line, as a caregiver, you may find yourself dealing with the results of senior incontinence.
As it turns out, there are plenty of incontinence products on the market to make your senior loved one more comfortable and provide them with the protection they need so they can remain as independent as possible. We had representatives from Depend underwear visit us at the AJC recently, and they have developed a new and improved product line that addresses the different needs of men and women when it comes to incontinence. Check out their new product line and let us know what you think.
What products work best for you when dealing with senior incontinence? Do you have any caregiving tips to share with others when it comes to tackling this sensitive topic?