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Tips On Caring For An Elderly Patient At Home

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - There is good news for the estimated 66 million Americans  who have become a caregiver for a loved one and the 43.5 million of those who  provide care to someone over the age of 50.

While the role can be daunting, with access to the right information and  resources, it is possible to make the responsibilities, and the stress that  can accompany them, more manageable.

This is particularly true when it comes to monitoring a medical condition,  such as incontinence, that can make providing care for an older person even  more complicated.

According to Paula Erwin-Toth, director of  consumer education and clinical resource specialist for Welmedix’s   HomeCare PRO, when dealing with incontinence, it is  important that patients and their caregivers consult a doctor to determine  the underlying factors causing it.

To help, here are five things to consider when caring for an incontinent  adult.

1. Be vigilant about keeping the  skin intact. A break in the skin can offer a pathway to infection,  discomfort and worsening health.

2. Use incontinence and skin care  products designed for adults. Remember that baby skin and adult skin are  very different, so age-appropriate products are important. According to Ms.  Erwin-Toth, nurses use products, such as those  offered by Welmedix, to help prevent  incontinence-associated dermatitis and related skin problems with adults.

3. Cleanse the skin as soon as you  can after an episode of incontinence. The longer urine and/or stool  remain on the skin, the higher the risk of skin breakdown.

4. Leave his or her diaper open  when your loved one is in bed. This can help reduce the amount of  moisture that collects on the skin. Excess moisture combined with urine  and/or stool can lead to skin rashes, fungal infection and breakdown.

5. Avoid an indwelling urinary  catheter, if possible. The risks of a catheter causing a serious urinary  tract infection are very high. A urinary tract infection in a person with  other medical issues can become very serious, very fast.

It’s also important to remember that the proper interventions can  dramatically improve a person’s quality of life. Use of skin cleansing  and skin protection products designed for adults can help keep your loved one’s  skin intact and healthy.

Welmedix HomeCare PRO,  for example, is a hospital-grade line of incontinence skin care products  specially designed for fragile, adult skin. For more information about  incontinence and how to treat it, visit