1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. Dbarb

    Dbarb Registered User

    May 19, 2014
    2
    Bolton
    My wife is nearly 64 and was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers in December 2013. Since then there has been a steady decline but recently we have been experiencing urinary incontinence overnight as well as at least once a day. We have been in touch with our incontinence team, and they have advised the use of Attends pads, as they are the only ones they supply. As my wife tends to take the pads out when she goes to the toilet I had hoped to be able to get some Attends washable pouch pants. However it seems that these have been discontinued, so it's back to the pads. Surely this can't be a unique situation but I'm struggling to find a workable solution, which allows my wife to keep her dignity, but also reduces the amount of washing I find myself having to do now. Any ideas would be very welcome.
     
  2. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,495
    Female
    London
    We're on Tena pull-ups. Some are supplied by the continence Service and we are buying in the rest. They are not cheap but resemble ordinary underwear the most. You might also want to look into waterproof mattress, pillow and duvet covers and Kylie sheets which wick away the moisture from the skin and are very comfortable to lie on.
     
  3. Tin

    Tin Registered User

    May 18, 2014
    4,829
    UK
    Tena pull ups have helped mum, started with the lighter ones, not bulky and if you want, a pair of knickers will go over these. Have you tried reminding her to go to the loo every hour or so?
     
  4. Dbarb

    Dbarb Registered User

    May 19, 2014
    2
    Bolton
    Yes Tin, but like most things you can take the horse to water........ Often she'll head to the toilet and then forget where or why she's going. We have tried the Tena pull ups but she prefers her own briefs but your comments are helpful, as at least we seem to be on the right route.
     
  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,495
    Female
    London
    Tell her the doctor has said she needs to wear the pull ups. Then hide the others...
     
  6. balloo

    balloo Registered User

    Sep 21, 2013
    227
    northamptonshire
    we buy tena pants for my MIL works out £60 a month as still waiting for incontencience team and any way they wanted me to measure her intake and how much pea she was producing in a day and I was not prepared to do that so none from them .I use money she gest from attendence allowance to do this and I have also just ordered a pair of wide shoes her ankles and knees swollen. these can be got without paying vat on the shoes
     
  7. ElizabethAnn

    ElizabethAnn Registered User

    Jan 4, 2014
    189
    North Hampshire
    If I had ever thought about incontinence before Mum & Dad suffered (which I don't think I had) I think I would have thought it was due to muscle weakness.

    But... yesterday Mum asked "How do I get rid of fluid?" and eventually we worked out that she meant she wanted to go to the loo. She had to be shown the toilet and how to use it.

    I'm wondering what she would have said if we had just asked "Do you want to go to the toilet?" - presumable "No" if she doesn't know what the toilet is anymore...

    Busy thinking of ways to phrase the question so that it means something to her... I suppose we start with "Do you want to get rid of any fluid?" :confused:

    Elizabeth.
     
  8. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london


    This link may help from AgeUK

    http://www.ageukincontinence.co.uk/...nce-products/washable-incontinence-pants.html

    [QUOTEOur washable incontinence products offer protection from incontinence with the benefit of being reusable rather than throw away. They are extremely comfortable and discreet as they look just like normal underwear.

    The level of protection available will vary from light to medium urinary incontinence. We show the absorbency in millilitres on all of our absorbent washable incontinence products.[/QUOTE]
     

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