Beehive Blog

Urinary Tract Infections

Posted by Jordan Snedaker on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) happen when bacteria in the bladder or kidney(s)
multiplies in the urine. UTIs tend to be common in the elderly. Reasons can include:
weakened bladder muscles, incontinence, catheter associated UTIs, and having an
enlarged prostate. A concerning fact is that a lot of elderly people with serious UTIs are
not even aware that they have one. The elderly have weakened immune systems and in
many cases their bodies are unable to produce the typical response to infections, such
as a fever or localized pain. With patients who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,
UTI symptoms can be missed because their symptoms can be presented as: agitation,
dizziness, falls, confusion, and/or hallucinations. UTIs, if not treated, can lead to kidney
failure, scarring, or even sepsis—a serious blood infection that if not treated, can lead to
death. Our caregivers at Beehive Senior Care are trained to help prevent such infections.
Some of the precautions we train them to take are: bathroom reminders—or changing
the brief—every two hours, proper cleaning of the genital area, encouraging fluid intake,
and keeping underwear clean. If there is ever a doubt of a UTI, we recommend seeking
medical advice right away. If you have a loved one who has experienced UTIs and you
are looking for a trained and compassionate caregiver, we invite you to visit our website
at www.beehiveseniorcare.com, and contact our office. We are always available to
answer your questions and be of assistance to you.