Because elders with Overactive Bladder Disorder (OAD) have to frequently use the bathroom – day or night – they have an increased chance to fall; the nocturnal voids are especially dangerous because there are less lights on and more chance to fall. Thus, falls and fractures can lead to even more serious health declines. And the story continues.
The more an elder’s health declines, the more your services may be required because the elders that continue having one health issue after another will either require in-home elder care or perhaps a nursing facility to help them recover or to help them survive.
The good news is that those with OAD can try to manage if they seek some help from medical professionals. They may treat your clients with a combination of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches. Each approach can be uses successfully alone or in combination with one another.
The difference is that nonpharmacologic treatment options include dietary and fluid modifications, behavioral therapy and pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation while pharmacologic treatment is what you would expect – drug therapy. When you become familiar with the differences and what they can each do for your clients, you will once again be displaying the fact that With Age Comes Respect.