Clearing Up Common Misconceptions About Incontinence

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Dispel some myths and misconceptions about incontinence.

Urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing topic for those who are experiencing it. There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the condition that often leads to common misconceptions about incontinence. Below we dispel a few common incontinence myths:

Myth: There is no way to remedy urinary incontinence in older adults.

Truth: This is not the truth in a number of situations. There are ways that incontinence can be addressed with success.

Myth: As we age, urinary incontinence becomes inevitable.

Truth: Although getting older does boost the risk for incontinence, many older adults are able to maintain normal bladder control, so it should certainly not be referred to as a standard or inevitable part of the aging process.

Myth: Men rarely experience urinary incontinence.

Truth: Men are less prone to talk about the concern with family members or physicians, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per NAFC estimates, about 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are male.

Myth: Drinking less water will decrease the chances of incontinence.

Truth: This is a common misconception about incontinence because, oftentimes, seniors assume that limiting their fluid intake will reduce the extent of their incontinence since they have less fluids in their system. However, reducing fluids leads to more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder and makes the concern worse. Drinking sufficient fluids helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and functionality.

When it comes to UTIs, urinary incontinence, and other sensitive medical issues in older individuals, you can count on the highly skilled in-home care team at Endeavor In-Home Care to deliver the customized care services with respect and dignity that allow for aging adults to have the most independence, safety, and comfort possible. We’re on hand with a wide range of services for older individuals at home, according to each person’s unique needs – from help with personal care, to transportation and companionship, to meals and housekeeping, and so much more.

If a senior loved one is troubled with incontinence, make certain the person is given a correct diagnosis from the doctor to make sure there aren’t any hidden problems. Endeavor In-Home Care, a Chandler respite care and senior care provider throughout the surrounding areas, can help aging loved ones control the symptoms of incontinence in a compassionate and discreet way. Contact us online or call us at 480-498-2324 for more information about how our home care services can help.