Providing In Home Care For Incontinent Elders

Providing In Home Care For Incontinent Elders

Most seniors are comfortable with getting help around the house every now and then. Many things are easier when they can use a helping hand, whether with cleaning, yard care, moving furniture around the room, bathing the dog, etc. Other things they sometimes need help with include remembering appointment, shopping, and keeping house.

But there are times when elders living at home may be too embarrassed to ask for help. Situations of incontinence may come up, when they may feel like keeping family members away. Some of them might even refuse preferred help in such cases, even if the offer is sincere and born of concern and love. Children or grandchildren may feel helpless if this is the case. This is where home care services can be of the most use.

Professionals offering home care services are trained to provide the requisite care to the person whose well-being is entrusted to them. Varying levels of care provision are included in that, and one of these can be entered into based on the comfort and preference of the elder. If the latter are plagued with incontinence issues, care professionals can be there and provide assistance which family members may not be able to, often because their offer of help was consistently rebuffed.

There is a specific level and type of care required by each elder, especially when dealing with incontinence. In some case, professionals providing home care services give regular reminders based on a convenient schedule. Other elders may need help with dressing and changing. There are elders who may require direct assistance in the bathroom, particularly in cases where incontinence is related to mobility.

Many families misconstrue the nature of incontinence issues, and an alarming number of them even ignore them. This is a definite health and safety concern, because it could lead to illness and infection if left unattended. Home care services also provide the chance for family members to learn more about the issues arising from continence, and how to deal with them in ways that favor their elder. Senior care responsibilities don’t disappear when you hire a caregiver, even on a fulltime basis.

This was some information on how to provide proper care for elder troubled by incontinence. Even members not involved in direct care can benefit from awareness in such areas.

Brooke Sutton, President, RN

Brooke Sutton, owner of Sutton Home Care and a Springfield native, is a fully licensed Registered Nurse with over ten years experience in the healthcare field.

Brooke provides trusted home care services to numerous patients in the Springfield market which has earned her agency the reputation of being the premier home care agency in this area.
Brooke Sutton’s journey to the home care sector began while she was working as a Registered Nurse at Lakeland Behavioral Health.While at Lakeland, she learned and developed her skill working with psychiatric patients as well as patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. After Lakeland, Brooke worked as a Community Health Nurse for the Arc of the Ozarks providing home health care services to dual diagnosis patients living at home.Brooke has also worked in the Emergency Room setting which has given her the ability to recognize and communicate problems and potential issues before they arise.

Brooke and her husband Sean live in Springfield and have three children (Brett who is twelve, Karaline who is eight, and Henry who is four).Brooke is active in church and enjoys spending her free time at Table Rock Lake or with family and friends.

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