Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) can affect anyone, but the elderly are particularly at risk. If you care for an elderly loved one, here’s what to look out for, and how to prevent them in the first place.
UTIs can be a serious health risk with a wide range of consequences, particularly in older people. Furthermore, they can be tricky to diagnose in seniors, as they often come with varied and inconsistent symptoms. The best approach, therefore, is to do everything possible to prevent them in the first place.
Remember that although women are more prone to UTIs throughout life, anyone can be affected, particularly in later years. The symptoms that are often clear and distinct in younger people are often much less pronounced in seniors, but here is what to look out for:
How to know if you have a UTI — know the warning signs
If your loved one has more than one of these symptoms, consult your doctor for a urine test. It is common to only experience a few of these symptoms, so don’t wait until every one is present before seeking help.
How to prevent UTIs in older people
Even better than spotting a UTI early is preventing it in the first place. Take these steps to lower the risk of an infection:
Keep the genital area clean. Some people find this uncomfortable to discuss, but it’s very important to have a clear and open conversation about keeping clean.
What do to if you or your loved one has a UTI
Consult your doctor. UTIs are typically treated with antibiotics, and the doctor will be able to diagnose the condition with a simple urine test. Ensure you follow the full course of antibiotics as recommended by the doctor. If the infection recurs multiple times, preventative antibiotics might be prescribed, but follow advice on this.
Another way to keep on top of threats like thiss is to get a little extra help caring for your loved ones. Regular checks and consistent contact is the key to staving off potential health threats, and in-home help can make a huge difference to both preventing illness and spotting warning signs early. If you’d like to talk about arranging some regular care, at whatever level of frequency and depth you and your loved one need, get in touch with us at Home Instead Camden.