Can incontinence be a temporary issue? (Posted late on 09/20 from 09/19)

Yes, in fact, incontinence can show up during the time your client is suffering from an illness or suffering the symptoms of a specific medical issue. When this happens, it is often termed transient or acute incontinence. This means that it is temporary; not a permanent issue.

The elderly or otherwise debilitated individuals that you are your clients often suffer from transient incontinence. They often do respond, however, to having this underlying acute condition managed. On many occasions, this acute condition simply aggravates a pre-existing chronic incontinence issue or bladder dysfunction. If you notice this happening, you will want to alert their medical professionals so that they take the time to search for what has caused the transient incontinence.

Some of the causes may include:

  • Polypharmacy – meaning that certain medications may trigger certain urinary symptoms or aggravate an underlying bladder disorder causing the leakage to occur.
    • Diuretics are big offenders of this claim
  • Urinary retention may be caused by:
    • Anticholinergics
    • Narcotics
    • Antidepressants
    • Sedatives
    • Alpha-Adrenergic agonists (blockers that may cause stress incontinence)

Voiding dysfunction due to concomitant meds can usually be managed by having their physician change the medications that they prescribe or simply change the dosage. This small effort may make all the difference in the world to your client and prove to them once again that because you care you want them to know that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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