terrisyr16 Asked September 2012

My Mother-In-Law has dementia. She has become incontinent. How can we keep Depends on her?

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She is very strong willed and hates change. Except for dimentia, she is very able. She doesn't think she has any health problems. We want to put Depends on her but we know she will either not use them or will take them off and try to hand wash them or put them in the wash machine. Any ideas on how we can get her into them and to keep her from washing them. Is there anything else out there besides Depends type products that may work?

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Jinx4740 Aug 2013
What a clever mother you have!

Seriously, I have no idea, but I wish you the best, and laugh whenever you can.
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suzi1212 Aug 2013
My mom has dementia and takes her depends off and pees on the floor. I need to know if you have anything out there that could keep her from taking her depends off. I tried Buck&Buck, she gets that off, the jumpsuit with the zipper in the back.
Thanks, Suzanne
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fayewlbur Sep 2012
Thank you sooooo much for the website of Buck and Buck. This is just what I have been looking for. I have depends on my husband but when he has to potty I cannot get him to stand close enough to the toilet to hit the water. Have to keep a towel around the bottom of the toilet to soak up the PP Sometimes he will go outside and since the depends do not have a PP hole he will come from the side and not know to put himself back in the depends correctly. This results in the next PP going down his leg and me having to change everything he has on. Even socks. Why don't they make depends for men with PP holes. Would be much easier. All open for suggestions.
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CMerrill55 Sep 2012
Apparently, my entire post did not print. The name of the company that makes adaptive clothing is Buck and Buck.
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CMerrill55 Sep 2012
A company that makes adaptive clothing for seniors with dementia and alzheimers. You may find something there that can help you and your mom. We purchased jumpsuits there for my dad which the B&C Home use for night time pajamas. It prevents the kinds of "accidents" to which you refer. Talk to the customer service people there, they are most friendly & very knowledgeable.
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I thought I would have problems with my mother-in-law when we changed her to Depends, but she began wearing them without issue. She, too, tries to wash dirty depends & puts wet ones in the washer. I take them out of the washer & put them in the trash. I just make sure she has gone to the bathroom before I use the washer. I do however have the problem of her turning them wrong side out. The seams are on the outside and this isn't natural to her.
All of this is worth not having to do laundry everyday, mopping up the trail on the way to the bathroom, and changing her bedding daily.
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monicajoy Sep 2012
They do have washable underwear....a little pricey...like 25.00 for one, but you can order them through magazines like Easy Comforts or Make Life Easier. Also if you have a drug store in town that also specializes in medical equiptment, they usually not only have walkers, wheelchairs, but also smaller items such as the underwear with pads built in, so that they can be washed, which would work perfectly for her. They can be ordered for different protection needs...10 oz of fluid loss, 17 oz of fluid loss...etc. Just go on the internet and type in bladder control underwear with built in pad. You'll be able to see what would work the best then. Good luck!
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