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New signs designed by people with dementia to help navigate public toilets, lifts and exits
'Any Disability’ is a campaign that aims to improve toilet accessibility for people who have both physical and non-visible conditions.
29 Aug 2019
Incontinence and dementia: 'It’s embarrassing. We need more awareness and more help’
Amanda Quinn wasn’t aware that incontinence could be a symptom of dementia when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease aged 49. Read her story and why she feels the taboos around toilets must be broken.
22 August 2019
Vanessa's story: 'There is no pattern, no rhyme or reason to it and no cure'
Following her dad's dementia diagnosis, Vanessa and her husband sold their home and bought somewhere suitable for the whole family. Together, they support each other through the many challenges dementia brings.
11 April 2019
Incontinence: the taboo hurting the dignity and health of millions
Leading charities warn incontinence is one of the biggest issues for people with serious health conditions – but taboo around it forces those affected to struggle in silence.
Your answers: Continence products
Talking Point members share advice about getting the right continence products for a person with dementia.
01 August 2018
UTIs and dementia - other resources
Here you will find a list of other organisations who could help with UTIs and dementia, along with further useful information.
Tips to prevent UTIs in people with dementia
The following tips can help to reduce the risk of a UTI in someone with dementia.
UTIs and delirium
UTIs in someone with dementia can cause a significant and distressing change in someone’s behaviour that is commonly referred to as ‘acute confusional state’ or ‘delirium’
Obtaining samples of urine to test for a UTI
Obtaining urine samples from a person with dementia can be difficult, and the relative or carer closest to them will probably be the best person to assist with this.
What can cause a urinary tract infection?
A number of different factors can cause a UTI in a person with dementia, including the use of catheters, and weakened immune systems.
Types of UTI and how they are treated
Read more about different types of UTIs that may affect people with dementia and how treatment differs for each one.
Toilet problems – other resources
Find out other organisations and resources that can help you care for a person experiencing toilet problems and incontinence.
Continence aids and professional support
Find out about the range of continence aids and professional support available to carers of people living with dementia.
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