If you can get your client to keep their diet regulated, get plenty of fiber and change poor lifestyle habits, then their constipation can go away and normal bowel function can return. It is so important that you oversee these lifestyle and dietary habits, because without you, they may not be able to achieve what is required in order to keep their system functioning normally.
If adhered to, the outlook for most people, senior or otherwise, it good and fecal impaction, if experienced, can be remedied. It is common, however, for fecal impaction to return if your client’s constipation does not improve with additional treatment. If they will not follow yours or their physician’s directions, then a long-term program of mild laxatives, periodic enemas or perhaps both may certainly become necessary to keep them healthy.
If you want more information for your clients, use the following external resources to help you help them, when you do, you are showing your clients that With Age Comes Respect.
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disorders
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Building 31, Room 9A04
31 Center Drive, MSC 2560can go away and normal bowel function can return
Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
Phone: (301) 496-4000
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
P.O. Box 3099
Arlington, VA 22302
American Gastroenterological Association
4930 Del Ray Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 654-2055
Fax: (301) 654-5920