Elderly Toileting Guidelines for Family Caregivers

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Aging adults may experience accidents or other challenges with toileting due to various reasons, including the inability to react quickly, mobility issues, and difficulty communicating with caregivers. To prevent incontinence and other toileting issues, older adults need to keep their urinary tracts and bowels as healthy as possible. Here are some tips family caregivers can use to help their senior loved ones with toileting. 

Provide Plenty of Water 

It’s important for seniors to drink at least six to eight glasses of fluids each day, especially if they have hard stools. If your loved one cuts down on fluids or doesn’t drink fluids for a long time, he or she may experience constipation or urinary tract infections. Many seniors avoid drinking hours before bedtime out of fear they’ll need to urinate at night and wet the bed. Encourage your loved one to drink throughout the day and evening to prevent toileting issues. 

Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional at-home care. Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Purchase Clothing that’s Easy to Remove 

Removing clothing can be challenging for seniors, especially shirts and pants with zippers or too many buttons. Family caregivers should encourage their loved ones to wear trousers with elastic waists or tracksuit bottoms. Another option is pants made with Velcro closures, which are easier for aging adults to remove. At night, your loved one can wear a gown or shorts without Velcro, zippers, or buttons. 

Clear Pathways 

Move furniture that’s awkwardly placed throughout the home, especially in areas close to the bathrooms. It’s also a good idea to keep the bathroom door open for your loved one at all times. Make sure the pathways to the bathroom are clear and the route to the toilet is well lit. Family caregivers can make going from the bedroom to the bathroom easier at night by installing motion sensor lights. Seniors who can get to and from the bathroom with ease are less likely to experience urinary accidents. 

Serve Healthy Foods

As seniors age, they may experience changes in their digestive systems, such as constipation, that lead to toileting issues. To prevent your loved one from having infrequent or painful bowel movements, encourage him or her to eat a well-balanced diet each day that includes at least five servings of fruits and vegetables. The diet should also include foods high in fiber to ensure your loved one has regular bowel movements. Fiber-rich foods are easier for the body to digest. 

If your loved one needs help maintaining a healthy diet, consider hiring a live-in caregiver. For many seniors in Vancouver, BC, live-in care is an essential component of aging in place safely and comfortably. However, it’s important for them to have caregivers they can trust and rely on. At Home Care Assistance, we extensively screen all of our live-in and 24-hour caregivers and only hire those who have experience in the senior home care industry. Our strict requirements ensure seniors can remain in the comfort of home with a reduced risk of injury or serious illness.

Encourage Exercise

Pelvic floor exercises are some of the best physical activities for seniors with incontinence issues. These exercises can prevent stress incontinence that’s the result of aging, weak pelvic floor muscles and other health issues.

Assisting an aging adult with toileting can be a challenging task for family caregivers. Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted Vancouver homecare services provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (778) 279-3634 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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