tips for dealing with incontinence in alzheimer\'s patients

2020/06/12
Alzheimer\'s disease often attacksin-
It can make it more challenging to deal with this problem.
If you are a caregiver for people with Alzheimer\'s and you notice that the person you care for has recently developed a pattern of bladder incontinence, here are some strategies to deal with the problem, these strategies will make life easier for everyone.
When you first notice incontinence in patients with Alzheimer\'s, the first action you need to take is to make an appointment with the patient\'s doctor.
Urinary system infection
Stroke, diabetes and Parkinson\'s disease are the main causes of this problem.
Even if the person you are going to take care of has resistance to going to the doctor, it is worth sticking.
If the medical cause is identified, it can be treated, which can lead to fewer incontinence episodes, which is in everyone\'s best interest.
In addition to medical problems, other factors can also lead to incontinence in patients with Alzheimer\'s disease.
Sometimes it\'s as simple as someone who has difficulty going to the toilet.
Do what you can, put yourself in the position of the person you care about, and consider the route to the bathroom from the rest of their living space, is there furniture that is hard to navigate?
Is it possible that this person will travel, including throwing carpets?
Especially far from the bedroom?
Make the route as clear as you can, including re-
Arrange furniture and remove optional decorative items if necessary.
If the bathroom is a few steps away from the bedroom, then it\'s worth investing in a portable toilet that stays overnight by the bed.
People with Alzheimer\'s can sometimes struggle to remember where the bathroom is and to identify toilets, which can lead to incontinence attacks and other elimination challenges.
Again, do your best to put yourself in the shoes of the people you care about and consider what changes you can make in their homes to reduce the confusion.
First, pay as much attention as possible to the toilet when necessary.
Sometimes it\'s as easy as having the bathroom door open so the toilet is clear at a glance.
If the bathroom is under the lobby or is not within the sight of the person, it may be helpful to post a simple direction sign.
If the door is open and practical, post a photo of the toilet on the bathroom door.
People with Alzheimer\'s can sometimes have accidents because once they are in the bathroom they can\'t identify the toilet.
Attracting attention to toilets by placing a brightly colored lid on the lid can be very helpful.
In some cases, it is a good idea to remove items from the bathroom or home that may be mistaken for a toilet, including waste paper baskets, trash cans and large potted plants.
It is important to prevent accidents by choosing clothing and supplies for people, which will help make it easier for everyone to deal with them.
Durable machine washable and very easy to wear and take off clothes are the smart choice.
The benefits of using incontinent underwear like pads and underpants are not emphasized enough.
Pads may be an option if a person\'s incontinence is lighter and fairly capable, but underpants are generally more practical.
If they resist the idea, bring them a pair to try so they can see for themselves how comfortable these clothes are.
It may also be helpful to put the mattress protector under the personal bedding, which makes it easier to clean up the night accident.
Among Alzheimer\'s patients, one of the most important aspects of successfully dealing with this problem is how you communicate with each other.
Do what you can to keep them dignified and respect their need for privacy as much as possible.
Note that they may not communicate their needs verbally. Pay attention to facial expressions, fidgety, tugging clothes or other body language, which means they need to use the toilet or there may have been an accident
Do not scold, belittle or use childish intonation to eliminate accidents when an accident occurs. of-
In fact, the most important thing is kindness.
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