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Lossing of urine control and Dementia

Lossing of urine control and Dementia. Losing control of urine is called incontinence. It is common when people have dementia. It often gets worse as dementia gets worse.
Sometimes people with dementia wet their pants and feel bad about it. You need to help them stay dry so they feel better about themselves.

Later, when dementia is worse, they may wet their pants and not even know they did. It is still important to help them stay dry to prevent sores on the skin.

Lossing of urine control and Dementia

Urinary incontinence is a sign of what stage of dementia
Lossing of urine control is a sign of what stage of dementia?

Lossing of urine control is a sign of what stage of dementia? Lossing of urine control usually occurs in the middle or late stages of Dementia disease. The following tips can help people who take care of people with dementia who have trouble holding their urine.

Some useful methods for loss of urine control and Dementia

Some useful methods for loss of urine control and Dementia
Some useful methods for loss of urine control and Dementia

For clothes

Consider using “adult briefs.” They are special underpants for people who leak urine. They have special pads inside. You can throw away the pads when they are wet.

For the bed

Place a plastic pad and an absorbent pad on the bed, and cover them with a folded sheet. If the person wets the bed, change the folded sheet and the pads.

Some Causes of Losing Urine that Can Sometimes Be Fixed

Some Causes of Losing Urine that Can Sometimes Be Fixed
Some Causes of Losing Urine that Can Sometimes Be Fixed

Losing Control of Urine Can Sometimes Be Fixed. If losing urine is a new problem, make a doctor’s appointment for a check-up. Sometimes there are causes that can be fixed or helped.

Giving people with dementia the wrong medicines or drinks can also make them lose control of their bladder. Sleeping pills and medicines for anxiety can help relax the muscles in the bladder. Cola, coffee, and tea can all act as diuretics and make you urinate more.

Lossing of urine control can also be caused by things like urinary tract infections, constipation, diabetes, or a stroke.

Some Causes of Losing Urine that Can Sometimes Be Fixed
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Medicine side effects
  • Drinking too much caffeine
  • Severe constipation
  • Diabetes out of control
  • Large prostate gland

Why Do People with Dementia Lose Control of Urine?

Why Do People with Dementia Lose Control of Urine
Why Do People with Dementia Lose Control of Urine

People with dementia often don’t know until the last minute that they need to use the bathroom. Then, when they suddenly have to go, they can’t get to the bathroom quickly enough or they can’t find the bathroom.

Sometimes they can find the bathroom but have trouble pulling down their pants  Other times they don’t even realize they have to use the bathroom and just wet their pants.

Help prevent losing urine

The table below lists some things you can try to help prevent someone from losing urine. Give them a try and see how they work. Also, don’t be afraid to let the person drink as much liquid as they want during the day. Only limit liquids after dinner and before bed.

What To Do If the Person Can’t Get To The Bathroom On Time
  • Keep a clear path to the bathroom with nothing in the way.
  • Be sure the hallway is well-lit.
  • Put up signs in the hall that point to the bathroom.
  • Provide clothes that are easy to remove.

 

What To Do If the Person Doesn’t Even Try To Get To The Bathroom
Try asking about the bathroom
  • Every 2 hours, ask them if they need to go to the bathroom.
  • If they say yes, bring them to the bathroom and help them.
  • If they say no, come back and ask again in a few minutes, and then again in 1 or 2 hours.
If that doesn’t work, try bringing them to the bathroom
  • Bring them to the bathroom every 2-3 hours.
  • If they are already wet when you bring them to the bathroom, next time bring them sooner than 2-3 hours.
  • Use shorter and shorter intervals till you get them to the bathroom before they are wet.

When a person with dementia shows signs of urinary incontinence, take them to the hospital for a thorough checkup and to find out what’s going on so they can get treatment right away.

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