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Bed wetting and peeing in the kitchen
Hi, Try toileting him every 2 or 3 hours depending on how frequently he urinates. Getting him on a schedule an decreasing his after dinner fluids a bit, can keep your floors clean and prevent the embarrassment of changing him. Depending on how independent he is, simply suggesting it is time to use the bathroom may be enough. If not, you may have to take him.
Hi Bethany. My MIL has started peeing in her rocking chair during the night. I have covered the seat cushion with heavy plastic and wrap it in a large bath towel/sheet. I have also covered her sofa and living room chair cushions with plastic. She had one incident peeing in the living room chair at night. Since then, before I go to bed, I push the chair and coffee table against the sofa blocking access to most of the seating area. She had several area rugs in her little apartment which we had to throw out as she dribbles or pees before she gets to the bathroom or the rocking chair. Sometimes she doesn't recognize what the toilet is. She doesn't regularly wear Depends as she takes them off in her bedroom and then dribbles and pees all the way to her preferred area of urination. I usually find the Depends, dry on the floor, while her bathroom floor, chair or bed are soaked. We keep a mop and bucket handy along with pet stain spray. Lately I'm washing her bedding every day. I have 2 large washable bed pads which saves the bottom sheet but the top sheet and sometimes the blankets are reeking with urine from her wet nightie. I tried getting up with her but I was so tired I could hardly function the next day. So now I have decided to let her do her thing at night and I'll clean up in the morning. During the day she can go hours without peeing but I do have to prompt her to go or else she has an accident.
When she does have an accident on the floor she is aware of it at the time and sometimes tries to clean up. She used the coffee table runner one night and often tries to mop up with her underwear or a towel which she then throws in the garbage. So one of my morning rituals is going through the kitchen garbage can looking for underwear and towels! Ha, ha. On a bright note for her, by morning she has no recollection of peeing in nontraditional areas of the house and is adamant that someone else did it. Mostly she just thinks I'm keeping her floors really nice and clean.
You probably need to upgrade his Depends to something like Abena Abri-Flex. Their capacity is almost double Depends capacity.
The problem with peeing in various parts of the house is common. I follow my DH anytime he gets up from his chair to prevent it. Another way to avoid it is to dress him in anti-strip clothing. This keeps him from peeing around the house, but will require additional work in changing the Depends.
Women are used to using a toilet whenever one is available . My DH has always (45 years) said that he can't pee unless he feels the urge. I think it's a guy thing. However, as his disease has progressed, he has been willing to sit on the toilet as a "favor" to me. And he "goes" about half of the time.
Caution: Urine on the floor can be a slip and fall hazard. This is especially hazardous when the PWD is drowsy and the lights are low during the night.
I'm going to look into AbriFlex. We just set up the commode, so we'll see how tonight goes. We're just not sure what else to do. We're lucky so far that he usually only has accidents at night. Very rare for it to happen during the day.
When we prompt him he refuses every time. He always says he doesn't have to go. During the day he's good at looking for the bathroom and using the toilet. We've tried different wordings/phrases but we can't get him to try when prompted.
When my LO is in this stage, I'll get adaptive clothing for incontinence. Probably jumpers where she isn't able to take it off, or get at her attends. Definitely, the carpets will come up, or plastic covering. I'll also restrict her movements inside the house. She is still able to go to the bathroom by herself, but has terrible bathroom habits. Reuses toilet paper, that type of stuff. I know what is coming around the corner, so I'm prepared.
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