Is Your Senior at Increased Risk for a UTI?

Elderly adults are at increased risk of not only contracting infections but also from suffering more serious complications as a result of them. This is due to immune systems that are not as strong or resilient as those of younger adults.

As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize that this applies to all forms of infections, including urinary tract infections. UTIs can be very serious for aging adults, resulting in symptoms that can even mimic dementia. Understanding your aging parents personal risk for a UTI that goes beyond their immune system can help you to take steps to reduce this risk and protect your parent.

Senior Care Rochester NY - Is Your Senior at Increased Risk for a UTI?

Senior Care Rochester NY – Is Your Senior at Increased Risk for a UTI?

Some risk factors for UTI include:

  • Being a woman. Though men can and do develop UTIs, women are much more likely due to anatomical differences that make the bladder more vulnerable to bacteria in women. A woman’s lifetime risk of developing a UTI is between 40 and 50 percent.
  • Having had a UTI previously. Each UTI increases the risk of having another.
  • Having mobility problems or stretches of immobility.
  • Dementia.
  • Catheter use.
  • Dehydration.

The personalized care of a senior care provider can help your parent to reduce their risk of suffering a UTI. These services can include encouraging your parent to drink enough fluids, assisting with toileting and other incontinence-related issues, and supporting thorough regular bathing. Talk to your parent’s doctor about other ways that you can help to reduce the chances that they will suffer a UTI as they age in place.

Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the most beneficial decisions that you can make for your aging parent during the course of your caregiver journey with them. As a family caregiver your goal is to ensure that your parent’s individual needs are met, and that they are able to live the highest quality of life possible throughout their later years. Bringing an in-home senior care provider into your care routine with your parent is a fantastic way to help you reach this goal.

Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider will address your seniors individual needs and challenges in a way that is best for them. This ensures that they will get everything that they need while also supporting your health, well-being, and ability to manage all other needs in your life as well.

Sources:  https://www.healthline.com/health/uti-in-elderly

https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/urinary/conditioninfo/affected

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John Hunt

John Hunt

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