My MIL is in assisted living and has dementia. The current issue with her is that she has frequent UTIs and she refuses (in her typical passive aggressive way) to drink enough. She has always been a person who will smile at you, agree with what you say and then do exactly as she pleases. The dementia has obviously exacerbated this tendency in her. She becomes dehydrated and has frequent UTIs. She has some paranoia about the cups of water staff brings to her room - she thinks the water could be "tampered with"! We bought a case of small sealed bottles of water hoping she might drink more. The staff keeps the water in their frig. Last week I found 2 unopened bottles of water underneath her bedside table! The staff tries their best as do husband and I to get her to drink more. Bottom line though is we can't force her to drink and talking to her about the importance of staying hydrated does no good. Is anyone else dealing with this issue? I do wonder if her refusal to drink more is a way of asserting her power as there are so few things she does have control of.