People who have dementia have a higher chance of developing both bladder and bowel leakage. Dementia can also make managing these problems more difficult. The added challenges for people with dementia include:
- not recognising the body’s signals that they need to go to the toilet
- not remembering to use continence containment products or using them incorrectly
- not knowing if they have experienced leakage
These issues can be distressing both for the person with dementia and also for carers.
We are working with the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK to develop some detailed and practical advice for the carers of people living at home with both dementia and incontinence. In the meantime, there is some general guidance on this website and also from the Alzheimer’s Society here.