Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults

March 23, 2022

What should you as a caregiver or a family member should look for if you suspect your client or loved one may have a urinary tract infection?

  1. Sudden onset of confusion or delirium – this can be caused by other factors, but this is one of the first symptoms of a UTI
  2. Increased frequency of urination
  3. Foul odor of urine
  4. Cloudy urine
  5. Pain or burning during urination
  6. Fever of 100 degrees or more – some with a UTI do not develop a fever, but it can be a symptom
  7. Pain or tenderness of lower abdomen

If any of the two above are present, assume that the person may have a Urinary Tract Infection and should be evaluated by a physician.  Urinary Tract infections that are not treated in the elderly is a leading cause of Sepsis in this population and can lead to serious complications and/or death.

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