1. Daddygee

    Daddygee Registered User

    Jan 12, 2015
    20
    West Sussex
    Hi my wife has dementia with lewy bodies,recently she has taken to turning taps on and "playing"with the water then wandering off leaving taps on we have had to hide all the sink/bath plugs in the house.Has anybody had similar problems or some advice on a solution.
     
  2. Katrine

    Katrine Registered User

    Jan 20, 2011
    2,839
    England
    #2 Katrine, Nov 21, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2016
    Hi Daddygee. There are 2 approaches: limit the amount of water delivered by the taps, and/or replace conventional plugs with anti-flooding ones. Replacing your taps with non-concussive ones (push down/self closing) could be expensive and won't prevent your wife from flooding the basin if she presses them repeatedly. Anti-flooding Magiplugs are available from Amazon and other retailers for about £10.99 each. This archive thread from 2004 may be of interest: http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/showthread.php?803-Taps
     
  3. AlsoConfused

    AlsoConfused Registered User

    Sep 17, 2010
    1,953
    I imagine there are several worries you've got over this problem:-

    (1) water spilling onto the floor, being a trip / electrics safety risk and possibly damaging the house and furnishings; and
    (2) if you're on a water meter, the high costs of wasting water

    Re (1), is your wife at the stage where she can learn new things?
    What would happen if you could buy taps your wife couldn't work? Would she give up and do something else less inconvenient ... or become frustrated, destructive and try different and more damaging ways of amusing herself?
    Could she be distracted from using most of the household taps by a water toy (eg a mini fountain such as you get in a garden centre)?
    Can you get advice from a professionally qualified Community Occupational Therapist on types of taps or other strategies which might help you solve the problem?

    Re (2), I was able to get my parents' water bills reduced by switching them from water-metering to a standard charge based on the number of people living in the house. I was only able to do this with the sympathetic help from someone very senior in their water company. There are a range of other schemes to help people who can't afford high water bills because of low income.

    Good luck. I hope you can find some way of sorting out this very difficult problem.
     
  4. chick1962

    chick1962 Registered User

    Apr 3, 2014
    11,282
    Female
    near Folkestone
    There are flood alarms which the OT should help with . You can also ring your water supplier and asked to be put on water sure which is a capped water bill for ppl with disabilities. You need to be on certain benefits to get it though .


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  5. Daddygee

    Daddygee Registered User

    Jan 12, 2015
    20
    West Sussex
    Thank Katrine
    Yourvadvice is most welcome
     
  6. Daddygee

    Daddygee Registered User

    Jan 12, 2015
    20
    West Sussex
    Thanks chick 1962
    I will certainly look into you suggestions
     
  7. Daddygee

    Daddygee Registered User

    Jan 12, 2015
    20
    West Sussex
    Thanks for your advice its most welcome
     
  8. chick1962

    chick1962 Registered User

    Apr 3, 2014
    11,282
    Female
    near Folkestone
    Do let us know how you are getting on Daddygee :) best wishes to you .


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