Dementia is a loss of brain function that affects around 24 million people worldwide. Dementia's most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease, currently affects more than 4.5 million people in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Loss of bladder control in the later stages of Alzheimer's is a common problem. It's been reported that 60% - 70% of people with Alzheimer's will develop so degree of incontinence. Incontinence is caused by many reasons but most commonly:
1. Not able to recognize they have to use the bathroom.
2. Medications they take can increase the need to urinate.
3. Forgetting where they bathroom is.
One of the best ways to manage incontinence is to identify when accidents occur and make a plan for them.
1. Look for patterns of when the person urinates, maybe they have an accident certain times of the day?
2. Create a schedule. Make sure they use the restroom every 2-3 hours during the day.
3. Choose clothes that are easy on and easy off so they can quickly get on the toilet.
4. Give the person plenty of time on the toilet .
5. Check to see if they actually went to the bathroom during their scheduled bathroom times.
Now, let's remember accidents WILL happen. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Remember that with the elderly it's very important to always react to accidents in a supportive way. Always preserve their dignity and reassure them by reminding them that accidents are natural. LIQUAGUARD's products are comfortable, durable, feature a stay-put design, and are discreet!