Incontinence can be a big issue. It's something that your elderly family member likely feels that she left behind many decades ago and hoped to never face. But now that incontinence is an issue, it's important that you both work through your embarrassment and find some solutions.
Learn as Much as You Can about Incontinence
The more that you understand about the potential causes of incontinence and how to manage it, the better for both you and your aging family member. Knowledge is power, of course, and gaining knowledge is an action-based way for you to work through the embarrassment.
Talk about Solutions with Her Doctor
One of your key sources of knowledge is definitely going to be your elderly family member's doctor. Be sure to ask any questions that you've developed while doing research. If there's anything at all that you don't understand, don't be afraid to ask. Having the right information can help your senior's doctor find the right solutions for her.
Talk to Your Senior about Your Embarrassment
One hallmark of the embarrassment around incontinence is that you and your elderly family member are both likely to be embarrassed and neither of you might be willing to talk about it. Keeping quiet keeps everything under wraps and that doesn't help either of you. Open up a gentle, loving conversation and let your aging adult know that you're embarrassed, too, but that you want to find some solutions.
Put Together a Plan
Once you have a sense of what you and your senior family member are dealing with and you have both acknowledged how you're feeling, it's much easier to put together a plan. This might include action steps recommended by her doctor, treatment options, and being prepared in case of accidents.
Hire Elder Care Providers Who Can Help
If one or both of you still have lingering embarrassment, consider hiring elder care providers. This adds a layer of emotional protection for some aging adults who are concerned about how their family members might see them now.
Working through the embarrassment can take time, but it's worth the effort. You and your elderly family member can get through this and make the best of the situation.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring elderly care in Vestavia, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...