Incontinence is one of those topics people simply don’t want to discuss. However, for a person who was recently hospitalized, perhaps due to major surgery, an accident, or some other medical emergency, incontinence can be a serious problem. It could be a side effect and, if not addressed properly, could be a potential cause for a re-admission to the hospital.
How could incontinence lead to a hospital readmission?
Let’s say an aging senior was hospitalized for at least several days. They might’ve had surgery or been recovering from a major medical emergency, like a heart attack or stroke, possibly even pneumonia.
When they return home if they don’t have proper care and have an “accident” or two the first couple of days, that could technically count as incontinence. There are many reasons why a person could suffer from incontinence, from medications to surgical procedures to the impact the medical emergency had on their bladder or other muscles associated with this natural process of eliminating waste from the body.
If this aging senior is embarrassed to even talk about it, what might they do the next time they feel the sudden urge to use the bathroom? They might rush a little too quickly to try and get there.
That could lead to a slip and fall accident, landing them right back in the hospital, or worse.
What can be done to help an aging senior with incontinence?
The most important thing to consider is home care. A home care aide is an individual who can support an aging senior during the recovery process. Although catheters, bed pads, and adult diapers can be invaluable assets for somebody going through a recovery at home, having an experienced home care provider on hand is far more advantageous.
These experienced in-home care providers will have worked with other seniors who went through the same circumstances. They will understand the embarrassment that incontinence issues can bring up.
The seniors won’t have to talk to their adult child, friend, neighbor, or even their spouse if they don’t want to. Yet, they can have the physical support and emotional assistance needed to help them deal with this new challenge in life.
In many cases, incontinence following a hospitalization will be temporary, but even if it’s not, leaning on the resources of an in-home care provider can help that aging senior to recover better and in a safer environment. That will help to reduce the risk of a re-admission to the hospital due to a slip and fall or tripping hazard because they were trying to rush to the bathroom or were too embarrassed to ask for help.
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