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Tips for Managing Dementia-Related Incontinence

Planning ahead can minimize accidents and help a person maintain their dignity

By Family Caregiver Alliance

It's as embarrassing as any situation can be. You're caring for a person with dementia, and they lose control of their bladder or bowel.

Sometimes accidents result from environmental factors - the person you care for can’t remember where the bathroom is located or can’t get to it in time.

As challenging as it may be, your understanding, patience and reassurance can help the person you care for maintain dignity and minimize embarrassment. Here are some tips to reduce and manage dementia-related incontinence.

  •     Establish a routine for using the toilet.
  •     Try reminding the person or assisting her to the bathroom every two hours.‬
  •     Schedule fluid intake to ensure the confused person does not become dehydrated.
  •     Avoid drinks with a diuretic effect like coffee, tea, cola, or beer.
  •     Limit fluid intake in the evening before bedtime.‬
  •     Use‬ signs with illustrations to indicate which door leads to the bathroom.
  •     Leave a ‪commode, obtained at any medical supply store, in the bedroom at night for easy access.
  •     Use i‪ncontinence pads and products. A urologist may be able to prescribe a special product or treatment.‬
  •     Use‬ easy-to-remove clothing with elastic waistbands or Velcro closures
  •     Use clothes that are easily washable.

Handle dementia-related behaviors with compassion

Family Caregiver Alliance
By Family Caregiver Alliance 
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