First there is nonpharmacologic therapy. What exactly is it?
Okay, so as a caregiver, you must realize that your clients are drinking less because they are afraid of incontinence issues during the day – and especially at night. The deal is though that you have to try your best to get your clients to intake fluids because it is not healthy for them not to drink.
The recommended fluid intake is 1.5 to 2 Liters of fluids per day, which equals to six or seven 8-ounce glasses of fluid daily. This is still true for your clients suffering the symptoms of Overactive Bladder Disorder, OAB.
If your clients refuse to drink, or drink less than the recommended daily allowance, they can suffer from chronic dehydration! This can lead to highly concentrated urine. When your client’s urine becomes too highly concentrated, it can be really irritating to the lining of their bladder which can worsen their OAB symptoms.
What you need to realize is that dehydration can aggravate your client’s OAB and cause constipation as well. Additionally, caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages can make their issues more intense, too!
Again, by realizing that knowing all of this will only be able to help you to show your clients that With Age Comes Respect.