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10 Tips
For Better Continence Management
in People With Alzheimer's Disease

10 Tips:
Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, with nearly 7 out of 10 Australians with dementia having Alzheimer’s. In total Alzheimer's affects around 300,000 Australians.

Dementia is the general term used to describe a progressive cognitive decline in someone, and with Alzheimer’s this dementia is caused by abnormal structures in the brain damaging and killing nerve cells, resulting in memory failure, personality changes and difficulties carrying out daily activities.

One of those daily activities is managing bladder and bowel control. It is estimated that between 60% and 70% of those with Alzheimer’s suffer from incontinence, often because they’ve simply forgotten to go to the toilet. Our nurse has some helpful tips for those caring for someone who may be living with Alzheimer’s:

 

10 Tips

Better Continence Management
in People With Alzheimer's Disease

  1. Communication: Encourage them to tell you when they need to use the toilet
  2. Observation: Watch for nonverbal cues, such as restlessness or a sudden expression of uneasiness, that may indicate that they need to use the toilet
  3. Reminding: In some cases, reminding them to use the toilet might help
  4. Accessibility: Ensure that the toilet is always accessible and they are aware of their way to it
  5. Clear Path: Ensure that their way to the toilet is always unobstructed and the toilet is well lit and easy and safe to use
  6. Scheduling: Where possible, introduce a regular schedule for taking the person to the toilet, such as early morning and then every two hours until late evening
  7. Adapting: Identify when accidents occur, then plan for them. If they happen every two hours, get them to the bathroom before that time
  8. Dressing: Dress them in clothing that is easy to remove and to clean
  9. Personal Products: Use good quality incontinence products (such as pads and pull-up pants) that have high absorbency. At ConfidenceClub, we carry a range of continence management aids for all types and levels of need
  10. Furniture Protection: Ensure that chairs and beds are suitably protected from unwanted leaks. We offer a wide range of top-quality chair and bed protectors to help keep fluid from soaking into the cushion or mattress