Toilet problems and continence in the later stages
As dementia progresses people may find it harder to use the toilet and may experience accidents or incontinence.
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This could be urinary incontinence (urine leaking by accident), faecal incontinence (faeces leaking by accident) or both. Incontinence may be an occasional leak or a total loss of control.
Having dementia doesn’t mean a person will definitely become incontinent, but there are a number of reasons why they could be, or have problems using the toilet. These include various medical conditions, many of which can be treated. Possible causes include:
- urinary tract infection (UTI)
- severe constipation
- side effects of medication
- prostate gland trouble
- forgetting to go to the toilet or forgetting where the toilet is
- not recognising the need to go to the toilet.
If a person develops problems with continence, speak to the GP. If a cause can’t be found, ask for a referral to a continence adviser. They can offer advice and help with managing the situation including incontinence pads and other aids.
Toilet problems and continence
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