As a caregiver, how can I manage toileting the person I am caring for?

Tasks that we take for granted may take up a large portion of a caregiver's day. To cope, try some of these strategies from the Alzheimer's Association and the Family Caregiver Alliance:
  • Ask your relative's healthcare professional about programs to improve bladder and bowel function. In many cases, incontinence can be successfully treated and prevented. It is not inevitable with old age.
  • Buy a portable toilet at a medical supply store and keep it near your relative's bed if needed. These are good if there is a problem with mobility or urgency, but every older person does not automatically need one, and it may even create a greater sense of helplessness.
  • If your relative has dementia, remove anything from the bedroom or living areas that may be mistaken for a toilet, such as a wastebasket or standing plant.
  • Establish a toileting routine (take him or her to the bathroom every two hours, for example).

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