Urinary tract infection is a condition that occurs in any part of the urinary system. This includes the bladder, kidneys, urethra and ureters. UTI’s are known to occur more frequently in women than in men and they range from mild to severe.
CAUSES OF URINARY TRACT INFECTION
The introduction of bacteria into the urinary system is the primary cause of UTIs in both younger and older people. Older people however become more susceptible to UTIs due to causes such as a weakened immune system, bladder weakness or dysfunction, diabetes, dehydration, menopause, side effects of medication, use of catheter, and so on.
Despite the increased susceptibility of older people to UTIs in older people, it can be effectively managed in the following ways outlined below.
HOW TO MANAGE URINARY TRACT INFECTION IN OLDER ADULTS
- DIET MANAGEMENT: Cutting off foods and drinks that irritate the bladder such as alcohol, sugary foods and beverages, spicy foods and snacks, carbonated drinks and citrus fruits, and replacing them with a higher water intake will reduce bladder irritation, help with keeping the body hydrated and flushing out bacteria which can cause UTIs. Regularly taking Vitamin C also helps to prevent or stop the onset of the bacterial growth which leads to UTIs.
- WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Eating smaller portions of food and engaging in regular exercises such as walks in order to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight can help with reducing pressure on the bladder. This can contribute to improving urinary control and flushing out UTI causing bacteria, particularly in cases of stress induced incontinence.
- MEDICATION: UTIs are mostly treated with antibiotics. Consulting a doctor and purchasing the diagnosed medication(s) will help with targeting the specific bacteria causing the infection and ensure that the infection is completely treated.
- AVOIDING BATHS: Sitting baths can introduce infected water into the urethra leading to infection. Replacing baths with standing showers ensures a free flow of clean water and can help with reducing chances of UTIs.
- CATHETER CARE: In cases where an older person is making use of a catheter to aid with urination, the improper care of this catheter can lead to the introduction of bacteria which can lead to UTIs. Where an older person is unable to maintain proper hygiene and catheter care, it is advisable to hire the services of a professional caregiver who is trained to handle such situations in such a way that does not invite infections.
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At Vitalis HealthCare, our nurses and caregivers are professionally certified, specifically trained and monitored by our director of nursing to handle hand hygiene procedures in a way that ensures that our clients are protected from infections. With us, you are in safe, competent and compassionate hands.