The Continence Foundation of Australia estimates over 4.8 million Australians have some form of incontinence. If your loved one has difficulty with bladder control, help him or her get natural relief with this list of remedies, brought to you by the North Coast in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance.
1. Kegel Exercises
Because most seniors diagnosed with incontinence are female, doing Kegel exercises is an especially good idea for women. These exercises utilise the same muscles that stop the flow of urine. Strengthening these muscles can help your loved one better control bladder function. To do a Kegel, your loved one should locate and squeeze these muscles, hold for 3 seconds, and release. Repeat for a total of 10 squeezes. The entire process should be completed an additional two times throughout the day for the greatest benefit.
2. Less Smoking
Studies have found the nicotine in cigarettes irritates the bladder, resulting in incontinence. If your loved one smokes, encourage him or her to reduce the number of cigarettes he or she smokes each day or to quit entirely.
3. Magnesium Supplements
Many doctors believe magnesium can help battle incontinence by reducing the bladder muscle spasms that trigger the urge to use the restroom and by allowing the bladder to empty completely. One study in Israel found women who took magnesium hydroxide supplements twice a day had fewer incontinence problems.
4. Bladder Training
The idea behind bladder training is to strengthen the urinary muscles and slowly reduce the number of bathroom trips that need to be made in a day. Your loved one should begin by keeping a journal of how often he or she uses the restroom. Using the journal as a guide, encourage your loved one to put off visiting the bathroom after feeling the urge by 5 minutes. Your loved one should gradually increase this time until he or she only needs to use the restroom every 3 to 4 hours. Though bladder training takes time, it has proven effective.
5. Losing Weight
Excess weight in the body, particularly abdominal weight, puts pressure on the bladder and pelvic muscles. This extra pressure can make your loved one need to use the restroom more and cause accidents to occur. A healthy, balanced diet and exercise can help your loved one lose weight and alleviate his or her incontinence.
Healthy lifestyle changes can be helpful in relieving the symptoms of incontinence. If your loved one needs help with exercise, nutritious meal prep, or other tasks that can promote his or her health, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our part-time and live-in caregivers are available 24/7 to make sure your loved one remains healthy. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care in North Coast. To learn more and to schedule a no-obligation consultation, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers today at 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527.