When your client is suffering from uncomfortable symptoms of constipation, the first thing you will want to do is to convince them to drink more fluids. This may be quite difficult to do because older people are afraid of drinking too many fluids because they do not want to have any accidents, but increasing fluids – and fiber – will help the constipation problems that they are experiencing.
By increasing their fiber, you can give them more cereal grains, fruits and vegetables, or if they balk at that, you could even give them doses of fiber supplements such as Metamucil or Citrucel. Do NOT give repeatedly them ex-lax or anything similar because this has addictive properties and elders have enough health issues without adding to them!
If your clients continue to be constipated, consult their physician about a safe form of laxative treatment so that they are able to dispel their stool. There are many OTC (over-the-counter) laxatives that are safe if used occasionally!
By knowing what is safe and what isn’t is just another way of showing your clients that With Age Comes Respect. Your clients need someone that is going to respect them and treat them as an equal in their own treatment. If someone simply bosses them around, they are doing them no good. Sometimes this happens with family, just don’t let it be you!