7 Tips to Better Manage Dementia and Incontinence

7 Tips to Better Manage Dementia and Incontinence

Caring for a family member with dementia requires a combination of empathy and creativity to address challenging behaviors, especially in dealing with incontinence, an issue that is prevalent in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  By implementing these proven strategies can effectively reduce the impact of incontinence and help prevent emotional distress for  a family member with dementia.

  1. Choose your words carefully. When it comes to discussing incontinence products, try considering using the terms like “briefs” or “pull-up underwear” instead of “diapers”. However it is important to always respect your loved one’s preference; if they feel more at ease using the term “diapers”, then go ahead and use that term to support their comfort and dignity.
  2. Remove regular underwear from the older adult’s dresser.  To try and avoid any confusion or resistance to wearing incontinence products, ensure that they are the only option available in the individual’s wardrobe. This will make it easier for them to manage their condition comfortably and discreetly.
  3. Test assorted products.  When it comes to making the correct decision to choose a menstrual product, consider trying out various brands, sizes and absorbency levels to find the most comfortable and effective option for you.  It may take some experimenting, but finding the right fit is worth it for your comfort and peace of mind.
  4. Use backup products overnight.  To help prevent disruptions during the night due to leaking problems for older adults with dementia and incontinence, consider incorporating booster pads into the absorbent underwear and considering products that are designed for maximum coverage. Also by using waterproof mattress protectors and disposable bed pads can be highly beneficial in managing these situations effectively.
  5. Ensure easy accessibility to the bathroom.  By conducting a walk-through of a senior’s living spaces to ensure easy access to the bathroom. By removing all the clutter, cords and throw rugs from their walking path to prevent fall and ensure their safety.
  6. If an accident does happen… When it comes to situations where an older adult may have spilled something on their pants or if their pants appear wet, it is important to approach the situation with a gentle and calm manner. You can kindly mention, “It does appear that you may have spilled on your pants; let’s get you some clean clothes,” or “ It looks like your pants are wet; that happens sometimes.”  By doing this approach it will help to maintain their dignity and ensure a caring response to the situation.
  7. Address hesitancy to keep products on. If you have noticed that a loved one is frequently removing their incontinence products. It is important to investigate the underlying reason. The individual may be experiencing discomfort, so by considering trying different types of products to find a more comfortable solution. Additionally, a senior may be attempting to change the product due to a sense of moisture. By understanding the reason, you can  help find a suitable solution that meets their needs and enhances their comfort.

It is important to monitor the skin of an older adult for any signs of rash or irritation. If you noticed any changes, it is important to reach out to their medical professional for further guidance and support.

For additional advice on managing dementia and incontinence, or to learn more about our reliable and professional senior care services offered by Amy’s Helping Hands in Windsor-Essex, feel free to contact us at 519-915-4370 or visit our website at amyshelpinghands.ca.