Elder Care in Greenwood, IN: Bedwetting

Bedwetting is an uncomfortable reality of aging. Even seniors who are otherwise physically and cognitively healthy may experience symptoms of incontinence. If your aging loved one has started having difficulty staying dry, you need to make changes to your elder care to ensure that she stays healthy and comfortable, while maintaining her dignity and self-esteem.

Incontinence is not just about physical discomfort or cleaning up. Your aging loved one wetting the bed is also a psychological issue. Unless your senior is in the latest stages of Alzheimer’s disease and does not understand what is going on, she is likely to be embarrassed and ashamed of not being able to control her bladder. Providing effective and loving elder care is about helping your aging loved one address both aspects of the issue in a way that is comforting, encouraging, and discreet.

Elder Care in Greenwood, INHere are some tips for elder care to address incontinence:

  • Talk with your aging loved one about the issue. Acknowledge that it is happening, but also make sure your loved one knows that you do not judge her or look down on her in any way because of it.
  • Never get angry at your loved one for an accident. Being angry or hurtful toward your loved one will only lead to more secretive behavior that can have serious consequences.
  • Find incontinence products that are comfortable an effective for your loved one. This includes briefs, panty liners, and bed pads. There are many different types of each available on the market so you may need to try several until you find the ones that are most effective for your loved one.
  • Consider purchasing your loved one’s incontinence supplies from a mail order company. This allows for the completely private purchase of the supplies, and many companies offer free samples of their different types so you can easily find the ones that are best for your loved one.
  • Change or encourage your loved one to change her briefs or pads as soon as they are wet. Prolonged exposure to the moisture and acid in urine can lead to rashes, sores, and infection.
  • Ensure your aging loved one is conscientious about her bathing. Staying clean is important for protecting your loved one from skin irritation. If rashes have developed, use gentle cleanser to wash the area, pat it dry, and apply a thick healing balm similar to diaper rash cream. Encourage your loved one to use pure cornstarch baby powder for a fresh, good-smelling, cool, and dry feeling.

The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your senior care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Grennwood, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (317) 595-9933 for more information.

About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at GreatCare of Indianapolis IN.
GreatCare is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
Daytime hourly in-home care
Temporary or post-hospital respite care
24-hour, around-the-clock home care
Morning and evening care
Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.

Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.