Caregivers in Norwalk CT: Treatment Options for Constipation in the Elderly

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Treatment Options for Constipation in the Elderly



Caregivers in Norwalk CT

Caregivers in Norwalk CTConstipation is an uncomfortable, yet treatable condition that is common among the older population. However, severe cases of constipation can affect the senior’s mobility and cause other painful gastrointestinal problems. Elders with severe issues related to this condition may benefit from the assistance caregivers can provide them.

Some adults think that laxatives are the only surefire way to cure this problem, but there are other treatment options that will help relieve the elder of their constipation issues. Each person’s body will respond differently to each treatment option, so it is important your loved one talk to their doctor to determine which one is right for them.

Treatment Options

There are a number of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment options available for older adults who are struggling with constipation.

Fiber

Consuming plenty of fiber is one of the best ways to treat and prevent the uncomfortable symptoms of constipation. Studies have been conducted that have determined that increasing one’s fiber intake will decrease the colonic transit time and help the body create more regular stools. The best part of this treatment option is the fact that it can be found in any grocery store. A number of fruits, vegetables, bran, and nuts are excellent sources of fiber. However, if your loved one is still not getting enough fiber throughout the day, a supplement can be taken.

Water

Staying hydrated is necessary to keep the body performing the way it is supposed to. Not drinking enough water could slow down bowel movements, which leads to constipation. Encourage your elderly parent to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially on hot days when the body loses the most water.

Daily Exercise

Physical activity is not only good for the outer appearance of our bodies, but also for the internal organs. Older adults who do not get enough exercise are at a greater risk of developing constipation. Elders with mobility issues or other physical problems should also exercise to lower the possibility of getting constipated, but should do so carefully. In fact, discuss it with their doctor to find out what activities are safe for them to participate in.

Laxatives

One of the most common treatments for constipation is laxatives. Using this medication along with increasing their fiber intake has been proven to increase the frequency of bowels. Talk to your loved one’s doctor about this option before purchasing any over-the-counter laxatives.

Constipation is an unpleasant condition to go through, but these treatment ideas should give your elderly loved one some relief from it. 

Source:
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1201/p2277.html
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/559895_7

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAM™.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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