Proper treatment for urinary incontinence depends on the underlying problems causing the incontinence. While a doctor should determine the best approach, the following simple strategies may also prove helpful for your loved one:
- Scout bathrooms when out in public, and choose seating with quick access in mind. At home, a bedside commode helps if the bathroom is too far or if mobility problems make it hard to reach quickly.
- Make sure clothes are easy to remove.
- Try scheduling regular bathroom trips or bedpans every hour or two.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol. Otherwise, don't impinge on drinking fluids because dehydration is a serious medical problem. Avoiding fluids between dinner and bedtime is fine, though.
- Be alert to signs of infection, such as more frequent need to urinate, unusual odor or color, pain or blood when urinating, and fever. Discuss any of these symptoms with the person's doctor.
- Try using absorbent pads or diapers. Waterproof liners on beds or furniture help when other efforts fail.