Mom, 89, and with dementia, has had chronic utis throughout this past year involving visits to the ER, 3 Day Hospital stays, and then extended stays in a Nursing Home temporarily for rehab and skilled nursing because of them.
She just came home from the NH two weeks ago treated for a UTI, and then three days later developed another which I detected by her altered mental status.
I feel like she is developing one every week, and that despite whatever I do with intake of fluids, UTI-Stat liquid, special overnight diapers and booster pads, good hygiene an aid comes in every am 5 days week to wash her, and every 2 hour visits to the bathroom, that it is not enough.
The geriatrician's attitude is that it is her age and dementia, and that we must be careful not to have her develop another bout of C-Diff which she had in the past. She does take probiotics.
To be blunt it sounds like we are now at a point where we have to treat her every other week with antibiotics until we encounter one so resistant that we do nothing and then the inevitable. I am very frustrated.
They did do bladder ultrasounds and the results are that her retention ability is typical of her age. The only time that she totally emptys her bladder completely is at night while sleeping so well due to Paxil and Klonopin to help her sleep.
Is this going to be the norm now rather than the exception? Am I the only caregiver who is experiencing uti deja-vu?