This is my first post here, so "Hello". My Mum was diagnosed with dementia a few months ago, although she'd been showing signs of it for 2-3 years. Eight years ago she had a stroke, which left her with very poor short term memory function. Although she was relatively frail, she regained most of her physical health, but the memory issues remained and, over time, got worse. My Dad coped with the situation really well - taking on more and more tasks as Mum forgot or neglected them - but a few months ago, he took her to the GP and she was referred to the local Memory Clinic, where dementia was confirmed. A week or two after the dementia diagnosis, Mum was out walking the dog and had another stroke. She fell and shattered her arm and also suffered various injuries to her head and face. Two months down the line, her arm has been reconstructed and is on the mend, and her brain injury is no longer threatening, but she is still in hospital and showing clear signs of dementia that weren't present before the stroke. Getting to the point, one of the many issues we're having is getting Mum to relieve herself into a catheter. She simply can't grasp the concept and, if we (or the hospital staff) explain it to her, she seems to take it in, but forgets what we've said within seconds and carries on asking to go to the toilet. She thinks she'll wet herself, so sits there trying to hold it in and is clearly in some discomfort. Does anyone have any similar experience and any ideas on how to address this problem?