Communication

Incontinence

It is common for the person with Alzheimer's disease to experience loss of bladder and/or bowel control in the mid to later stages of the disease. It can be helpful to develop a toileting schedule while possible. For example, plan to take the care recipient to the bathroom every 2-3 hours throughout the day. Don't wait to be asked.

  • Watch for signs that the person needs the bathroom, such as restlessness or pulling at clothes. Respond quickly.
  • Be understanding when accidents occur. Stay calm and reassure the care receiver if they are upset.
  • Try to keep track of when accidents happen in order to help plan ways to reduce their occurrence.
  • If you and your care receiver are going to be out, plan ahead. Know where restrooms are located. Take an extra set of clothing along in case of an accident.
  • Easy-to-remove clothing with elastic waistbands or Velcro is helpful. Purchase clothing that is easily washable.
  • Adult diapers are helpful
  • Limit fluid intake before bedtime
  • Putting pictures of a toilet on the bathroom door can help identify the right room.

Source: THE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION & REFERRAL CENTER