If the person has trouble remembering where
the bathroom is, show him or her the way and mark the bathroom and toilet
clearly with signs ("Bathroom," "Toilet"). Use pictures when the person can no
longer understand words.
Remove or cover objects the person may
mistake for the toilet.
Consider using absorbent pads or briefs
such as Attends or Depends. To avoid sores, make sure the skin under these
undergarments stays clean and dry.
Remember that a person with
dementia cannot control this problem. In some cases, he or she may be aware of
the problem and feel embarrassed or ashamed about it.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 29, 2012
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