What is a Chronic UTI and UTI Causes

UTI, or urinary tract infection, is one of the most commonly diagnosed infections in a nursing home. UTI happens when bacteria inflames any section of the urinary system: kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. An untreated UTI can have permanent, even fatal, consequences. However, if treated quickly, it can clear up in about 48 hours.

UTI is most prevalent in women. Aging adults experience more UTIs, with as many as 30% of women over the age of 85 experiencing the disease. Many urinary issues in the aging population are tied to dehydration. Older adults drink less because they know they have difficulties in the bathroom or they are afraid of incontinence. This leads to more concentrated, bacteria-rich urine.

Older women experience estrogen deficiency, which impacts the vagina’s protective bacterial colonization. Aging men have difficulty with their prostate, leading to urine retention and bacteria entrapment.

It may be difficult to provide care for your loved ones with a chronic UTI without proper medical experience. In many cases, the proper treatment and support should be provided to patients at their homes. 

Whenever you or your beloves ones need professional in-home chronic UTI care, the Aurora Home Health team is ready to help. We take care of patients in the DFW area, providing every individual with a custom UTI care treatment to ensure that we meet the needs of every patient and their families.