Daddy has congestive heart failure and was in the hospital this week for two days with fluid build-up. He's back in his AL now, but he told me this morning he thinks he needs to "wear a catheter." He cannot control the urine flow when they increase his diuretic after one of these bouts of extra fluid, and he gets his clothes wet sometimes when he pees. He needs help; and it he has to wait more than a few minutes, accidents happen.
I was very alarmed at the suggestion and wanted to ask if this is ever even a solution to what has to be a common problem in this situation. Use of catheters causes so many other issues, and he is not able to self-care anyway. There is no telling what the facility will charge if he decides he needs a catheter! And I can't believe any doctor would do that just for the convenience of keeping him from having little accidents when he pees, right?