Handling Bathroom Challenges in the Later Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Elder Care in Mt. Laurel NJ: Handling Bathroom Challenges in the Later Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

Elder Care in Mt. Laurel NJ: Handling Bathroom Challenges in the Later Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease has already made so much of your aging family member’s life so very different, but it can also change her bathroom habits. An elderly family member who normally was very private about this area of her life may have no choice now but to accept quite a bit of help in order to manage these issues.

She May Need a Schedule

You may find that your elderly family member needs the bathroom a set time after she eats or drinks a significant amount of fluids. Start out by tracking her typical habits and then use that information to help you build a bathroom schedule. Having and sticking to a schedule can help your elderly family member to avoid undue agitation and even accidents.

Leakage and Incontinence Can Be Common

Incontinence and accidents can be extremely common at this stage of Alzheimer’s disease. With a schedule, you might be able to avoid big issues but your elderly family member might need extra help, too. Specific products for incontinence can help to save her embarrassment and irritation if she does have an accident.

You May Want to Track Output

It’s really easy to forget when your aging family member last had a bowel movement, but that can be important information for you and for her doctor. You don’t want her to have to deal with constipation, so knowing when she last moved her bowels is helpful. Tracking or at least noting urinary output can also help you to spot urinary tract issues before she develops an infection.

You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

Elder care providers have experience helping aging adults and caregivers manage toileting and other related personal care tasks. You may feel that you should be the only one helping your elderly family member with this issue, but you really don’t have to handle every aspect yourself. This can be a surprisingly emotional task for caregivers, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Don’t feel bad if all of this is overwhelming for you. It’s a difficult situation and there’s no shame in feeling unable to keep up with your elderly family member’s needs in this area.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Mt. Laurel, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-439-1300.

About Mariela Vila Mc Carrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.
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