As I've mentioned here before, Grandma used to get up and go to the bathroom when she needed to until she developed a UTI while receiving physical therapy last spring 2018. Since then, she pees in her adult pullup diapers. I have not gotten any answers from her PCP or urologist as to why she might be doing this. Her urologist mentioned dementia, so that's something I'm getting checked out, but the timing is what's bothering me.
Today, I woke Grandma up to find she had pooped in her diaper and it leaked out her diaper in liquid form (there was a nicely formed stool in there which is actually a good thing). I ended up having to give her a bath and had to disinfect various things in the bathroom (fun).
Up until today I was 95% certain that whenever Grandma needed to poop, that she was holding it in and causing further constipation. I suspect that could be why she makes excessive grunty sounds sometimes.
But now I'm questioning why she pooped in the bed. Was this a case of fecal incontinence (something she had no control over) or did she do this because she did not want to get up out of bed? I suspect she did not want to get up. She does not get out of bed unless I make her. I've often been tempted to load the bed with pee pads and see how long she'll stay there with no food.
If this was just some freak accident then I'm not that worried over it, but if this becomes a common occurrence then she'll have to go to assisted living or a nursing home.
Any advice or guidance is appreciated, thanks.