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How to Prevent UTIs in Seniors

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

Urinary tract infections, also known as UTIs, are relatively common in seniors. A UTI is an infection that occurs throughout the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, or urethra. These infections can be very painful, and can even become life threatening if they are not treated properly. Here are a few useful tips for Colorado Springs live-in caregivers to prevent their loved ones from contracting UTIs.

Drink Plenty of Water

The average person should drink several eight-ounce glasses of water every day. When a person consumes enough water, their urine becomes more diluted. The diluted urine, combined with a regularly flushed bladder, prevents bacteria from building up and causing an infection.

Take Cranberry Supplements

According to the Cleveland Health Clinic, cranberries contain an ingredient that prevents bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract. If the bacteria cannot adhere to the bladder walls, then it cannot develop into an infection. Seniors may not eat enough cranberries to reach this goal, which is why it is easier for providers of elder care in Colorado Springs to encourage seniors to take cranberry supplements or drink pure cranberry juice. 

Reduce Caffeine Intake

Caffeine and alcohol do not cause UTIs, but they can irritate the urinary tract and make it more difficult for the bladder to flush out bacteria. Caffeine and alcohol can also worsen existing urinary tract infection symptoms. Reducing caffeine consumption can help prevent senior UTIs.

Maintain Good Hygiene

A good way to prevent UTIs is for women to always wipe from front to back. This prevents the bacteria found in fecal matter from entering the urethra. It is also important to maintain good hygiene. Adult diapers should be changed regularly and Foley catheters should be cleaned to prevent bacteria from building up and causing an infection.

Learn more about maintaining senior health and wellbeing when you reach out to Home Care Assistance of Colorado Springs. We provide comprehensive stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care in Colorado Springs to help seniors age in place in comfort. Whether your loved one needs help with personal care needs such as incontinence and bathing or he or she could use a little companionship at home, our dedicated caregivers can help. Call us today at (719) 822-1229 to learn more about our services and schedule a free in-home consultation.