Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Mystery Urine Smell

One Monday morning, Sharon smelled urine in Muddear's room. Apparently it was quite pungent so she immediately cleaned Muddear's bedside commode. However, after 20 minutes, she was surprised that the urine smell remained quite strong. Thus, Sharon retrieved the bathroom cleaner and commenced to clean the outside of the commode. After the passage of time and the strong urine smell remained, Sharon grabbed the bottle of Febreeze from the hall closet and set out the eliminate the smell by spraying the floor around the bedside commode. And still the odor remained.

By mid-afternoon, Sharon had checked the dirty clothes hamper, the sheets on Muddear's bed and even the clothes in the drawers. Yet she still was unable to locate the now horrendous urine smell. Struggling with what to do next, Sharon decided to empty the trash in Muddear's trash can. And then it hit her - not another place to look, but a strong whiff of urine. The night before, Muddear removed the garbage bag from her trash can, urinated into the trash can, then replaced the bag.

The mystery of the hidden urine smell was solved. 

1 comment:

Nedso said...

I am my wife's caregiver, first two years in home and now I make daily visits to her in a nursing home dementia unit. Your account of the mystery urine smell interests me because for a long time I have been noticing a strange odor to my wife's urine. What is particularly interesting to me is that it seems particularly strong and offensive at times tdhat my wife's condition -- that is, her irritability eg -- are noticeably worse. I'm led to the thouight that there may be an important clue here concerning the diseasse process. I would like to have the opportunity to discuss this with someone active in alzheimer's research.