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Recognizing Incontinence As A Caregiver | NAFC

Learn the medical conditions that may contribute to incontinence and how to recognize this condition in your loved one.

RECOGNIZING

If you are here, perhaps you’ve noticed that a family member is showing signs of incontinence and is not able to properly take care of themselves. This can be difficult to come to terms with as you have a lifetime of experiences with this person that don’t match the current situation. It is very common and understandable to experience a sweeping range of emotions. It’s okay to feel sad or confused or even angry. Changes to the way things have always been can be upsetting.

Be sure to seek support among family and friends during this time as you take on a new and possibly unfamiliar role of caregiving. This is not a sign of weakness but a smart, pragmatic step that will help you during times of duress.

Of course, your heart, your focus, and your concern will be centered on your loved one. If he or she has any of the following medical conditions, you should be on alert for incontinence.

Contributors to Incontinence:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Arthritis
  • Central Nervous Disorders
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Urinary Tract Infections