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Incontinence Care and Supplies

Incontinence is the loss of control of your bladder and/or bowel.  Some studies suggest incontinence could affect more than half of seniors at one time or another.  Incontinence can affect many seniors’ social lives because they do not wish to be out in public.  For others, it can affect their health by obstructing them from exercise and recreational activities.  Incontinence can be treated in a number of ways, so it's best to see a Urologist to find a treatment for your medical needs.  Products such as catheters, adult diapers, and absorbent pads, are just some of the products most commonly used to treat this disorder. 

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Forms and Symptoms of Incontinence Among Senior Citizens

Most commonly, incontinence affects bladder control, but it still can affect proper bowel functioning.  It is also more prevalent in women.  Some of the main ailments that cause incontinence are diabetes, prostrate problems, being overweight or obesity, dementia or other memory loss issues, arthritis, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s.  Because the anatomy of men and women are different, we will break this section into the most common forms and symptoms for men and women separately.

Symptoms amoung Men

Symptoms among Women

Women often suffer incontinence more frequently for two main reasons: childbirth and menopause.  Urinary tract infections are also more common for women, but men are not immune from them.

***It is important to note that both men and women can be suffering from more than one form of incontinence symptoms***

Treatment versus Managing Incontinence

Incontinence care usually has two distinctions: treatment versus management (living with continence).  Always make an appointment with a urologist to find out if you requirement treatment or management.

Forms of Treatement 

Types of Management

Cost of Incontinence Supplies

Medicare will pay for catheters.  Adult diapers are not covered by Medicare however, which means that you or a third party will often have to pay for them.  Medicaid will sometimes pay for them, so if you qualify for Medicaid, it is worth looking into.  There also diaper banks that can help, so check in your area.  Adult diapers are a tax deductible, so keep your receipts for them in most states.

The cost for incontinence supplies depends on the severity and thus the amount of supplies used to treat incontinence.  One estimate suggested $900 dollars per year for seniors with severe incontinence. 

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