Toileting Advice When Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's
Always be calm and understanding when accidents occur.
Wear gloves. This prevents the spread of disease; wash hands before and after assistance.
If the person cannot use the toilet and cannot learn to use a urinal, commode, or in-bed toileting, incontinence products will be necessary. If the person can move around on his own, do not encourage bed toileting.
Watch for signs of urinary tract infection (blood in urine, cloudy urine with sediment, etc.).
Because he may not recognize the need to use the toilet, “suggestions” to go to the bathroom can be very helpful—just a simple reminder after a meal, for example, or early in the morning, or before bedtime.
If the person is in the early stage of Alzheimer’s, leave a bathroom light on at night so a person can find the bathroom easily. If it is in another room, make sure the “pathway” is marked.