Depending on your client’s gender will determine what type of physical examination that they will require to determine if they are experiencing symptoms of Overactive Bladder Disorder (OAB). What you will want to know as their caregiver is exactly what you and they should be expecting.
Let’s begin your female clients, a pelvic examination will help their doctor to determine whether or not they are experiencing OAB. When the doctor performs the pelvic, your client will be evaluated for the presence of stress incontinence.
If that is not the case, then your client will most likely be examined to determine if they have pelvic floor weakness. They may also be checked out to see if there is presence of pelvic organ prolapse. If that happens to be the case, then your client’s physician may find it necessary to manage the prolapse with reconstructive surgery to take care of the issue.
In postmenopausal women (most of which will be your clients), the doctor will want to evaluate them for local estrogen replacement therapy which can help improve any voiding dysfunction that they may be experiencing. While that is the main concern, it may also help with vaginal dryness as well.
Now that you have come to this realization and can relate it back to your elderly female clientele, you will once again be displaying to them that it is your goal to display that With Age Comes Respect.