Tips for Helping an Aging Adult Use the Bathroom Safely

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People with dementia often face difficulty with many aspects of their daily lives, and using the toilet is one of the more sensitive activities that needs to be addressed. Seniors living with dementia are more likely to experience serious falls or injuries in the restroom due to their symptoms. These dementia care strategies can help you increase your senior loved one’s safety in the bathroom.

Choose Clothing That’s Easy to Pull Up and Down

Seniors with dementia sometimes have difficulty with common fasteners such as buttons and zippers, which could cause them to rush or even get tangled up in their clothing and fall down. Look for clothing with elastic waistbands or attire that’s designed for seniors with incontinence to make it easier for your loved one to manage getting clothing on and off in the bathroom.

Dementia can be challenging for seniors to manage, but they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional dementia care. San Antonio seniors can benefit greatly from the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program designed to promote cognitive health and delay the onset of dementia. CTM is included at no additional charge with any of the in-home care plans provided by Home Care Assistance.

Minimize the Risk of Mix-Ups

Your loved one may reach for the wrong hygiene products due to dementia symptoms such as confusion. For instance, he or she may substitute household cleaning wipes for toilet paper, which could lead to painful rashes or even chemical burns on sensitive skin. Keep anything your loved one doesn’t need stashed away from the main bathroom area. 

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging, but compassionate help is available. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care San Antonio, TX, families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Provide an Appropriate Amount of Supervision

There may come a time when your loved one needs more help in the restroom to prevent injuries. While your loved one may not need someone directly in the bathroom, he or she can benefit from having a caregiver stand outside the door to listen for signs of trouble and offer assistance. Your loved one may also need a caregiver to help him or her get to the bathroom during the night if his or her confusion increases with grogginess.

Label the Restroom Door

Some restroom-related accidents don’t involve falls or burns from hot water. Instead, your loved one might accidentally wander off if he or she gets lost on the way to the bathroom. To prevent wandering, try to make the bathroom door as obvious as possible. Some families choose to paint the door an eye-catching color that’s different from the other doors in the house. You can also print out a picture of a toilet to make a sign for the door.

Make the Toilet Easy to Spot

Your loved one’s dementia symptoms could also cause him or her to mistake other bathroom features, such as the floor or the bathtub, for the toilet. In addition to sprucing up the bathroom door, consider adding some color to the toilet to bring it to your loved one’s attention. For instance, a new toilet seat in a color or pattern that’s different from the flooring makes it easier for your loved one to see where he or she needs to sit and resolves issues with depth perception that could cause him or her to sit down too hard.

Highly trained caregivers with experience in caring for seniors with dementia can be a fantastic resource for family members. Families looking for top-rated San Antonio senior home care providers can reach out to Home Care Assistance. From respite care to specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care, there are many ways we can make life easier for seniors and their loved ones. Call Home Care Assistance at (210) 495-6300 to learn more about our flexible and customizable senior care plans.





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