Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Incontinence in Alzheimer’s Disease
Many people with Alzheimer’s/ dementia begin to experience incontinence- the inability to control their bladder and/or bowels. This can be upsetting to the patient and caregiver. Sometimes it is due to physical illness, so be sure to discuss with the patient’s doctor.
Here are some tips you can use to help your loved one with their incontinence:
- Establish a routine for taking the patient to the bathroom and stick to it as closely as possible.
Example: every three hours- don’t wait for the patient to ask
- Watch for signs that the patient may need to go to the bathroom, such as restlessness or pulling or removal of clothes. Respond quickly- don’t delay
- Limit frustrations when accidents occur. Stay calm and reassure the patient if he or she is upset. Try to keep track of when accidents occur and help plan ways to avoid them.
- To help prevent nighttime accidents, limit certain types of fluids, such as those with caffeine in the evening. Prepare the bed with protective mattress covers.
- If you are going to be out with the patient, plan ahead. Know where restrooms are located, and have the patient wear simple, easy-to-remove clothing. Take an extra set of clothing along in case of an accident.
- Once the patient’s physician has established that the incontinence is not a physical illness, seriously consider the use of incontinence products.
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