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Dementia and Incontinence

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Do they also suffer from incontinence? 

Providing care for a person with dementia is hard and demanding work. If they are also incontinent, it only adds to the challenge.

There are ways to make this situation a little easier on both of you: 

1. Be patient and calm. The person may not be aware of an incontinence accident and may become upset and embarrassed when they realise. 

2. Try to understand their routines and habits, using a diary, to anticipate when the person is likely to need a toilet. 

3. Keep an eye out for non-verbal signs. The person may pull at their trousers, pace, hold their stomach or frequently get up and down. 

4. Remind the person to go to the toilet regularly, around 4-6 times a day. In early stages of dementia you can set an alarm every two hours with a note next to the clock explaining to the person what they should do.

5. The person may hide their wet or soiled clothing and bedding. If you find such thing, don't make a fuss, just quietly wash it. 

6. Make sure the person drinks enough water throughout the day (6-8 glasses), but avoid drinking right before bedtime.

7. Encourage the person to wear loose clothing that can be easily changed.

8. Protect the bed, sofa and armchair with waterproof pads. PeapodMats are great as they are discreet, and can be quickly whisked away and replaced. There is no rustling sound or cold feeling like with disposable plastic waterproof protectors. PeapodMats also stay in place and quickly absorb liquid, helping to protect skin. 


Elderly Woman Sleeping On PeapodMat


9. Give the person time and privacy during their toilet visit. 

10. Take regular breaks from caring. It's not unusual for carers to come in a few times a day to take the person to the toilet and change their pads. You're carrying out challenging work and it's ok to not want to manage toilet duties. Remember to introduce the carer to the person so they don't get agitated. Continuity of care with people with dementia is very important. Elderly Lady Smiling At Her Carer

Dementia Friendly Home

Depending on the type and severity of dementia, you'll also need to make few adjustments in their home.

  • People with dementia may forget where the toilet is, and could mistake other items for it. Try removing bins, baskets and flower pots from the floor. It might be worth getting a commode in the room that person spends most of their time in. If the commode is standing on carpet, you can use a waterproof pad to protect it in case of accidents. 
  • Try adding bright colours to the bathroom door so the person can easily see it! Use a toilet seat of a bright colour so it doesn't blend in with the rest of the bathroom. You could also add an image of a toilet to the bathroom door. 
  • Leave bathroom doors open so they can see what's inside. It's best to remove mirrors from the bathrooms as they might notice a reflection and think the bathroom is occupied. 
  • If a person you are looking after is in late stages of dementia with limited movement, it's important to change the bed as quickly as possible following an accident. Whether you are using a bed pan, pads or a catheter, they all have a risk of leaking. By placing a PeapodMat on the bed, you are protecting the bed sheets and mattress. Using a PeapodMat means there is no need to strip the whole bed after an accident, thereby saving the person's discomfort. Carer changing the bed for elderly person

It's important to remember that anyone who begins experiencing incontinence should be checked by a GP to make sure it's not stemming from a different health problem. Family sitting on PeapodMat

We hope these tips will be of help to you. Is there anything we missed that helped you? Please let us know in the comments. 


sources: tena.usdementiauk.orgdementiacarecentral.comindependentnurse.co.uk


This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It does not constitute medical or other professional advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.



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I would still say that they are worth the cost, obviously I alternate the two Peapods each night and am thinking of getting a third one as extra backup.

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