For older adults, urinary tract infections (UTIs) aren’t a wee problem. They can actually cause serious health problems if left untreated. And, unfortunately, elderly individuals are vulnerable to UTIs for several reasons. According to the National Institutes of Health, the following conditions make the elderly more susceptible to UTIs than younger people:

  • Diabetes
  • An inability to fully empty the bladder
  • Use of a catheter
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Immobility 
  • Kidney stones

Reducing UTI risks is important with elderly persons in order to avoid painful or life-threatening complications. An in-home caregiver can help by:

  • Monitoring fluid intake
  • Assisting with bathing
  • Assisting with undergarment changes as needed
  • Setting bathroom reminders
  • Providing general education on what causes UTIs

The caregivers at Live Free Home Health Care can provide all of these services and more to help clients avoid UTIs. Call Live Free Home Health Care today at 603-217-0149 to learn more.