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Incontinence board

About the sense of smell; A recent study indicates that the loss of the sense of smell is one of the first signs that people have Alzheimer's.

About the incontinence; My Gma does the same thing. I'm single, and her live in caregiver, so we share a room. I was suprised and irritated with her behavior at first. Now I just try to cope. She would wear regular underwear with a pad because she knew she had some leakage. She'd get up frequently in the night to go to the restroom. Sometimes she'd just change the pad, sometimes the underwear were wet as well, sometimes the clothes and the bed would get wet. She'd get up and change or just take the wet stuff off and drape it everywhere, and then go back to bed, no underwear. She never made the connection that the urine would still be flowing while she was sleeping. The next trip to the restroom would leave a trail on the carpet and tile.

I began to wake up when she did, and made sure that she had underwear on with a pad when she went back to bed. However, there were still leaks and so I put down throw rugs on her path to the toilet. Then we evolved to "nighttime underwear". We tried depends, but she'd be restless and get up to take them off because the gathers on the front bothered her. We couldn't give her the ones that really looked like diapers, so we got the ones that look like the old fashioned belted pads. It goes right up the middle with an elastic waist band, and doesn't bother her. The arguing and confusion over changing from nighttime underwear to daytime became too much recently, so I boxed up all her underwear, got rid of the little pads, and filled her underwear drawer with the belted pads. She hasn't commented on the change and they're working well.

There is a type of adhesive backed plastic that I found at Lowe's in the carpet area. It sticks to your carpet, but doesn't hurt it, isn't thick so theres no edge to trip on, and protects the carpet in her "path" from drips, should she have them.

She never remembers getting up in the night, or having accidents. I tried to emphasize that she ALWAYS has to wear underwear, but she doesn't remember those conversations.

Bottom line, with this problem, unless someone is able to be in the room at night with them, they're going to do this.

Is there a way for you to arrange the furniture at night, that will discourage her from laying on the couch? Maybe turn it to the wall, or block it with other pieces?

Our Geriatrician has prescribed Detrol LA and we're hoping that the nighttime bladder activity will decrease. She's also prescribed something to help her sleep, since she's up so much during the night.

Hope some of this will help!