Memory problems may be part of the reason for incontinence.

Here is some advice on how to help your loved one:

  • Follow a toileting schedule, so the person never has an urgent need.

  • Try a sign on the door: “BATHROOM”.

  • At night, illuminate the pathway to the bathroom with lights or tape that glows in the dark.

  • Paint bathroom walls a contrasting color to the toilet so that it stands out.

  • Make sure complicated belt buckles and tight clothing aren’t slowing the person down.

  • Minimize evening color, coffee, and tea.

  • If persistent accidents are a problem, get medical advice.