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.
Monday, January 25, 2010
To Depend or Not To Depend
One night, I awoke to Muddear screaming something unintelligible about using the bathroom. Usually Muddear does not have problems with incontinence, but you never know what's new with Dementia.
I scrambled blindly into her bedroom only to find myself standing barefoot in a puddle of water. Or so I wished. Immediately it was obvious that I was standing in a pudding of urine. Why me? Muddear was sitting in her wheelchair covered in urine. For about 30 seconds I thanked God that we had the aforethought to cover her carpet with plastic after the last cleaning. However, those positive feelings ended as quickly as they begin - I returned to reality. The reality that I was standing in a puddle of urine that quickly needed to be cleaned.
So I began the process of cleaning up the puddles, and I mean this literally, of urine off the floor. While in the midst of disinfecting, Muddear begins to yell that she has to go the bathroom again - is it possible she has anything left?
"Muddear, please hold on for just a few minutes."
"No, I can't! Watch!"
Within seconds, I was horrified. Muddear began to urinate in her wheelchair, all over herself, and all over the floor. It was now about 4:30 a.m., I was exhausted, and all the puddles I had just cleaned up had returned. As you can guess, I spent another hour and a half drying and disinfecting the floor, cleaning up Muddear, changing her clothes and the sheets, and placing all of the urine soaked items in the washing machine.
I'm sure you are wondering... why don't you put Depends on Muddear. Periodically, I ask myself the same question. The problem... Muddear refuses to wear them. Initially, after incidents like those above (which thankfully are far and few in between), Muddear will agree to wear Depends for about a day or two. However, Dementia kicks in and as far as Muddear is concerned the incident never occurred and she has no idea why we are treating her with such injustice. We put the Depend on Muddear at bedtime, but as soon as we leave her room she takes the Depend off and hides it.
What do we do?