Nearly 3 years into the journey with my husband and his Alzheimer diagnosis, he is beginning to have episodes of urinary incontinence. Any suggestions for me as I contemplate a time when he is not fully in control of his bathroom needs?
Up to now, he has been independent with his use of the bathroom. Of late, he makes it to the bathroom but has had a few accidents on the way. I ask him every few hours and/or when he wakes up from sleeping/naps if he needs to use the bathroom. Other times while using the bathroom, he will have spillage onto the floor. On one confusing day, he forgot to take his sweat pants down when sitting on the toilet for a bowel movement. This is a new and hard aspect of the disease progression for us both. How do I help him clean up with the greatest of respect, get him to change his clothes, keep urine smells at bay in the bathroom? He now wears sweat pants to make it easier for him to manage his clothing.
I find the experiences of the caregivers on this forum extremely helpful. What can I expect as his care-giving spouse and what supplies/strategies are useful when caring for a man who starts to lose urinary and bowel control?
Thank you for your recommendations and support.