How to Help a Family Member with Alzheimer’s or Dementia with Toileting

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kelly Scott of Emeritus Senior Living will provide strategies and tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss. This video will cover the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving, including how to handle incontinence.

    Kelly Scott: Hello, I am Kelly Scott with Emeritus Senior Living. If you're a caregiver for an individual with Alzheimer's or Dementia, you may eventually have to help them with incontinence problems. Today, I am going to talk to you about how you identify the signals before they become a problem and give you strategies for addressing these problems on an ongoing basis. It's often helpful to discuss bladder or bowel control issues with the doctor. If the bladder issues are accompanied by pain or fever; there maybe an underlying medical problem. If not, a medical professional can provide tips for handling incontinence issues going forward. The next step is to set up systems that will help your loved one handle this issue. There are several ways to prevent accidents before they happen, such as, make sure the person has access to the bathroom whenever needed. To avoid problems at night; limit liquids, especially, caffeine. Make sure that any medications that contain diuretics are taken in the morning instead of it at night. Avoid bladder irritants, such as coffee, alcohol, or spicy foods. Develop a toileting routine and schedule, such as taking him or her to the bathroom every three hours. Use protective bed pads; make sure that you have incontinence supplies like the pans which you can get at pharmacies and drug stores. Look into using bedside commodes for urinals. If an accident occurs be calm and don't scold. If you go out, be prepared with extra clothing. These strategies will help ease some of the difficult situation that arises with incontinence issues. Your loved one will benefit greatly from your careful preparation as you address this challenging condition.