Care recipient (cr) has trouble toileting by him herself

Try: Try setting a toileting schedule for example try keeping a written record of when cr goes to the bathroom and when and how much he she eats and drinks this will help you track cr cr’s natural routine and then you can plan a schedule if cr is not able to get to the toilet try using a bedside commode try limiting liquids before bedtime limit liquids at least two hours before bedtime but be sure to provide cr with adequate fluids throughout the day try using incontinence products adult briefs and bed pads at night can serve as a backup to the daytime toileting schedule try to monitor cr’s bowel movements it is not necessary for cr to have a bowel movement every day but if there are three consecutive days without a bowel movement he she may be constipated in such instances it may help to add natural laxatives to cr’s diet such as prunes or fiber-rich foods bran or whole-grain bread

Materials: Pen and paper bedside commode adult briefs diapers bed pads natural laxatives such as prunes or fiber-rich foods bran or whole-grain bread

Categories: Sage, Topic, Medical Physical, Personal, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Verbal Communication, So-So Verbal Comm, Poor Verbal Comm, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Unaware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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References: Adapted from www alz org late-stage caregiving by staff writer no date

Keywords: Toileting incontinence bowel movement bladder constipation fiber intake

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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