Category Age 60+: The Mature Woman in the Community
Source: Bard Incontinence
At 69, Rose was determined not to let her age slow her down. Two years ago, Rose began to notice that she was experiencing some urine leakage. This is inconvenience quickly turned into a regular medical problem — one that required almost constant attention. Rose found that taking care of her medical needs stole almost all of her energy, leaving her too tired to maintain her house. It wasn’t easy, buy eventually Rose heeded her family’s advice and moved into a retirement community with medical facilities. The burden of living alone was removed from Rose’s shoulders and she could spend more time living. Rose’s way is how to tell the community staff about her problem.
Rose has scheduled her first appointment with the nurse for this morning and is wondering how to tell the community staff about her problem. The Self Evaluation Checklist provides the guidelines to follow to determine if Rose may have stress incontinence and steps to take to ensure an effective treatment recommendation.
Self Evaluation Checklist
Please answer the following questions to determine your bladder health. If you answer “yes” to several of the questions, we suggest you discuss the answers with your healthcare practitioner in a timely manner.
- Do you leak urine when you sneeze, cough, laugh, exercise or during position change?
- After feeling a strong urge to urinate, are you unable to make it to the toilet before urine begins to leak out?
- Do you feel that your bladder does not empty entirely — do you “bear down” to empty your bladder?
- Have you tried exercises for incontinence (Kegel), but failed to get results?
- Have you altered your sexual activity due to urine leakage?
- Have you curtailed participation in leisure activities such as travelling, meeting friends dating/dancing because of the threat of urine leakage?