Incontinence means a person can’t control his or her bladder and or bowels this may happen at any stage of ad but it is more…

Try: Incontinence means a person can’t control his or her bladder and or bowels this may happen at any stage of ad but it is more often a problem in the later stages signs of this problem are leaking urine problems emptying the bladder and soiled underwear and bed sheets be sure to let the doctor know if this happens he or she may be able to treat the cause of the problem here are some examples of things that can be treated urinary tract infection enlarged prostate gland too little fluid in the body dehydration diabetes that isn’t being treated taking too many water pills drinking too much caffeine taking medicines that make it hard to hold urine when you talk to the doctor be ready to answer the following questions what medicines is the person taking does the person leak urine when he or she laughs coughs or lifts something does the person urinate often can the person get to the bathroom in time is the person urinating in places other than the bathroom is the person soiling his or her clothes or bed sheets each night do these problems happen each day or once in a while here are some ways you can deal with incontinence remind the person to go to the bathroom every 2 to 3 hours show him her the way to the bathroom or take him or her make sure that the person wears loose comfortable clothing that is easy to remove limit fluids after 6 p m if problems happen at night be sure not to give the person fluids with caffeine such as coffee or tea give the person fresh fruit before bedtime instead of fluids if he or she is thirsty mark the bathroom door with a big sign that reads toilet or bathroom use a stable toilet seat that is at a good height using a colorful toilet seat may help the person identify the toilet you can buy raised toilet seats at medical supply stores help the person when he or she needs to use a public bathroom this may mean going into the stall with the person or using a family or private bathroom things you may want to buy use adult disposable briefs or underwear bed protectors and waterproof mattress covers you can buy these items at drugstores and medical supply stores use a drainable pouch for the person who can’t control his or her bowel movements talk to the nurse about how to use this product some people find it helpful to keep a record of how much food and fluid the person takes in and how often he or she goes to the bathroom you can use this information to make a schedule of when he or she needs to go to the bathroom information references "caring for a person with alzheimer’s disease your easy-to-use guide from the national institute on aging" by national institute on aging 2011 available at www nia nih gov

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